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  • Ashurnasirpal II 032

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  • Q004486
  • Ashurnasirpal II 032

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  • lion colossus
  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Written ca. 883-859
  • Nimrud (Kalhu)
  • Royal Inscription
  • Ashurnasirpal II

Ashurnasirpal II 032

Obverse
11

m-šur-PAP-IBILA MAN GAL-ú MAN dan-nu MAN ŠÚ MAN KUR -šur A TUKUL-MAŠ MAN GAL-ú MAN dan-nu MAN ŠÚ MAN KUR -šur A 10-ERIM.TÁḪ MAN GAL-ú MAN dan-nu MAN ŠÚ MAN KUR -šur-ma

(1) Ashurnasirpal, great king, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, son of Tukultī-Ninurta (II), great king, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, son of Adad-nārārī (II) (who was) also great king, strong king, king of the world and king of Assyria; valiant man who acts with the support of Aššur, his lord, and has no rival among the princes of the four quarters:

22

eṭ-lu qar-du šá ina GIŠ.tukul-ti -šur EN-šú i-tal-la-ku-ma ina mal-ki.MEŠ šá kib-rat 4-ta šá-nin-šú la i-šú-ú MAN šá TA e-ber-ta-an

(2b) The king who subdued (the territory stretching) from the opposite bank of the Tigris to Mount Lebanon and the Great Sea, the entire land Laqû (and) the land Sūḫu including the city Rapiqu; he conquered from the source of the River Subnat to the interior of the land Nirbu. I brought within the boundaries of my land (the territory stretching) from the passes of Mount Kirruru to the land Gilzānu, from the opposite bank of the Lower Zab to the city Tīl-Bāri which is upstream from the land Zaban, from the city Tīl-ša-Abtāni to the city Tīl-ša-Zabdāni, the cities Ḫirimu, Ḫarutu, (which are) fortresses of Karduniaš (Babylonia). I gained entire dominion over the extensive lands Nairi.

33

ÍD.IDIGNA a-di KUR.lab-na-na ù A.AB.BA-GAL-te KUR.la-qe-e a-na si-ḫír-ti-šá KUR.su-ḫi a-di URU.ra-pi-qi a-na GÌR.II-šú

44

ú-šék-ni-šú TA SAG-e-ni ÍD.su-ub-na-at EN KUR.ni-ir-bi šá be-ta-ni ŠU-su KUR-ud TA-tu -re-be šá KUR.ḫab-ru-ri a-di KUR.gíl-za-ni

55

TA-tu e-ber-ta-an ÍD.za-ba-KI.TA a-di URU.DU₆-ba-a-ri šá el-la-an KUR.za-ban TA-tu URU.DU₆-šá-ab-ta-ni a-di URU.DU₆-šá-

66

za-ab-da-ni URU.ḫi-ri-mu URU.ḫa-ru-tu KUR.bi-ra-a-te ša KUR.kar-du-ni-áš a-na mi-ṣir KUR-ia ú-ter ù DAGAL.MEŠ

77

KUR.KUR na-i-ri a-na paṭ gim-ri-šá a-pél URU.kal-ḫu maḫ-ra-a ša mdsál-ma-nu-SAG MAN KUR -šur NUN a-lik pa-ni-ia e-pu-šú URU šu-ú

(7b) The ancient Kalḫu which Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, a prince who preceded me, had built this city had become dilapidated, it lay dormant, (and) a long time ago had turned into a ruin hill. With the cunning which the god Ea, king of the apsû (and who has) wide understanding, gave to me, I took this city in hand for renewal. I removed the old ruin hill (and) dug down to water level. I sank (the foundation pit) down to a depth of 120 layers of brick. I founded therein the temples of the deities Ninurta, Šarrat-[nipḫi], Gula, (and) Sîn. I completed the construction of this temple (i.e. the Šarrat-nipḫi temple) (and) established therein the seats of the great gods. I built this temple for the eternal admiration of rulers and princes.

88

e-na-aḫ-ma iṣ-lal a-na EGIR u₄-me a-na DU₆ ù kar-me i-tur ina ḫi-sa-at ŠÀ-ia ša dé-a MAN AB.ZU GEŠTU DAGAL-ta NÍG.BA URU šu-ú ana -šu-te

99

DIB-bat DU₆ <la>-be-ru ú-na-kir a-di UGU A.MEŠ ú-šá-píl 1 ME 20 tik-pi a-na muš-pa-li lu ú-ṭa-bi É dMAŠ dGAŠAN-[KUR] dgu-la d30

1010

ina -reb-šú lu ad-di É.KUR ši-i a-na na-al-ban lu ak-ṣur šu-bat DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ ina ŠÀ ú-kín É.KUR ši-i a-na na-an-[mar] mal-ki.MEŠ ù NUN.MEŠ

1111

šá da-ra-te e-pu- ina pi-it GEŠTU.II.MEŠ ḫa-si-si ina ḫi-šiḫ-ti DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ šá ÁGA-ni dLAMMA-at dINANNA NIN-a šá ina pa-an la-a GÁL-[ú] DINGIR-sa GAL-tum lu ú-šar-riḫ

(11b) With the wisdom (and) understanding of, (and) according to the desire of, the great gods who love me, I created an icon of the goddess Ištar, my mistress, which had never before existed. (I created it) from the finest stones, fine gold, and red gold (thus) making her great divinity resplendent. I set up in (the temple) her dais (with the icon) for eternity. I made this temple suitably resplendent. I positioned over it great cedar beams. I hung tall cedar doors in its doorways. I made white limestone (statues of) fierce lions (and) stationed (them) in its doorway(s).

1212

ina du-muq NA₄.MEŠ ṣa-ri-ri ù .GI ḫuš-še-e lu ab-niš ina BÁRA-šá a-na da-ra-te [ina] lìb-bi lu ad-di É.KUR ši-i ú-si-im ú-šar-riḫ GIŠ.ÙR.MEŠ

1313

GIŠ.e-re-ni šit-ra-ḫu-ti ina UGU-šá lu ú-kín GIŠ.IG.MEŠ GIŠ.e-re-ni ṣi-ra-te in .MEŠ-šá ú-re-te UR.MAḪ.MEŠ ek-du-[te] šá NA₄.pi-li

1414

BABBAR-e e-pu- ina -šá ú-še-ziz e-nu-ma dGAŠAN-KUR GAŠAN GAL-tum ina BÁRA-šá ina É at-ma-ni-šá šá ru-ʾa-me ú-šá-bu ki-niš lu tap-pár-da-a [GÍD] UD.MEŠ-a lu DUG₄-GA

(14b) When the goddess Šarrat-nipḫi, the great mistress, takes up residence on her holy dais in her alluring shrine, may she be steadfastly radiant. May she make my days good (and) [long] (and) command my years to be numerous. May she love my priesthood. May she be pleased with my offerings. May she cause me to achieve success wherever (I strive) in war and battle.

1515

šúm-ud MU.MEŠ-a lu ta-tas-qar SANGA-ti lu ta-ram a-na na-dan zi-bi-ia lu taḫ-du e-ma MURUB₄ ù <ú-ṣa-ma-ru> ṣu-um-rat ŠÀ-a [lu] tu-šak-ši-da-ni NUN-ú

(15b) O later prince among the kings my sons whom Aššur will name for the shepherdship of Assyria: may you not remove these lions from her doorways. May you not erase my inscribed name. (Instead), restore their ruined (portions and) return my inscribed name to its place. (Then) Aššur, the great lord, the god Ninurta, (and) the goddess Ištar who dwells in this temple will establish copious abundance in your (lit. “his') land. You will march victoriously (among) [your] people and achieve success in all lands in battle with kings on the battlefield.

1616

EGIR-ú ina MAN.MEŠ-ni DUMU.MEŠ-a šá -šur MU-šú ana .SIPA-ut KUR -šur i-na-bu-šú UR.MAḪ.MEŠ šu-a-tu-nu TA .MEŠ-šá la tu-na-kar MU SAR la-a ta-pa-šiṭ

1717

an-ḫu-su-nu ud-diš MU šaṭ-ra ana KI-šu GUR -šur EN GAL-ú dMAŠ u dINANNA a-šib É.KUR šú-a- ḪÉ.NUN ṭuḫ-du ḪÉ.GÁL ina KUR-šú lu-ki-nu UN.MEŠ-[šú] šal-tiš DU.DU-ku-ma ina gi-mir KUR.KUR.MEŠ

1818

ina šá MAN.MEŠ-ni KI taq-ru-ub-te am-mar ŠÀ-šu ú-šam-ṣu-šu šá MU SAR i-pa-ši-ṭu UR.MAḪ.MEŠ šu-a-tu-nu ú-na-ka-ru ina A.[MEŠ] ŠUB-ú ina IZI.MEŠ GÍBIL-ú

(18b) As for the one who erases my inscribed name, removes these lions, throws (them) in the water, burns (them) with fire, puts (them) in a prison where they cannot be seen, (or) commits atrocities against this temple: may the god Ninurta, lord of storm and destruction, (and) the goddess Ištar, mistress of battle and strife, overthrow his sovereignty, take away from him his throne, make him sit in bondage before his enemies, establish in his land distress, famine, (and) hunger, (and) destroy his name (and) his seed from the land.

1919

ina É ki-li la a-ma-ri GAR-nu ù mim-ma INIM NÍG.GIG pa-an É.KUR šú-a- ú-šap-ra-ku dMAŠ EN me-ḫi ù šá-ga--te dINANNA be-lat MURUB₄ u MAN-su

2020

[lis]-ki-pu GIŠ..TI-šú KAR-šú ina IGI .KÚR.MEŠ-šú ka-miš lu-še-ši-bu-šu su-un-qu bu-bu-tu ù ni-ib-ra-tu ina KUR-šú [lu]-ki-nu MU-šu

2121

NUMUN-šu ina KUR lu ZÁḪ


Based on A. Kirk Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC I (1114-859 BC) (RIMA 2), Toronto, 1991. Adapted by Jamie Novotny (2015-16) and lemmatized and updated by Nathan Morello (2016-17) for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation-funded OIMEA Project at the Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as http://oracc.org/riao/Q004486/.