Names

  • Shalmaneser IV 2

Numbers

  • Q006688
  • Shalmaneser IV 2

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  • stele
  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Written ca. 782-773
  • Tell Abta (Dūr-Bēl-Ḫarrān-bēlī-uṣur)
  • Royal Inscription
  • Shalmaneser IV

Shalmaneser IV 2

Obverse
11

dAMAR.UTU EN GAL MAN DINGIR.MEŠ ta--iḫ GÚR AN-e u KI-tim

(1) God Marduk, great lord, king of the gods, who holds the circumference of heaven and underworld who populates cities (and) establishes sanctuaries, who supervises all the shrines of the gods; god Nabû: scribe of the gods, who grasps the holy tablet stylus, who carries the tablet of the destinies of the gods, who prov1des for the Igīgū and Anunnakū gods, who continually gives food rations (and) thereby grants life; (5) god Šamaš, light of the lands, judge of all cities (and) protector of the (four) quarters; god Sîn, luminary of heaven and underworld, who is endowed with lofty horns and clothed in brilliance; bright goddess Ištar-kakkabī, the goddess Inanna (Inninna), whose forgiveness is good (and) who receives prayers; all great gods who heed his petitions, his allies, his lords:

22

mu-še-šib URU.URU mu-kin ma-ḫa-zi pa-qid -ret DINGIR.MEŠ .A.BI

33

dMUATI DUB.SAR DINGIR.MEŠ ṣa-bit GI-DUB na-ši DUB ši-mat DINGIR.MEŠ

44

a-še-ir dí-- u dGÉŠ.U mu-ta-din kur-me-ti qa- TI.LA

55

dUTU ZÁLAG KUR.KUR DI.KUD kiš-šat URU.URU AN.DÙL kib-ra-a-ti

66

d30 dŠEŠ.<KI> AN u KI na-ši SI.MEŠ MAḪ.MEŠ šá lit-bu-šú nam-ri-ri

77

dINANNA.MUL.MEŠ na-mir- din-nin-na šá DÙG.GA NIGIN-šá ma-ḫi-rat su-pe-e

88

DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ a-na NIGIN-šú-nu še-mu-u taṣ-li-ti-šú re-ṣi-šú EN.MEŠ-šú

99

mEN-KASKAL-UMUN-PAP .NIGIR É.GAL šá mtukul-ti-A-é-šár-ra MAN KUR -šur pa-liḫ DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ

(9) Bēl-Ḫarrān-bēlī-uṣur, palace herald of Tiglath-pileser (III), king of Assyria, worshipper of the great gods these mighty lords gave me instructions and at their exalted command and with their firm assent I set out to build a city in the desert, in the wasteland, (and) completed it from top to bottom. I constructed a temple and founded therein a shrine for the great gods. I laid its foundation as firm as the mass of a mountain (and) established its base for eternity. I made it known among the people that its name was (lit. “I named it in the mouth of the people”) Bēl-Ḫarrān-bēlī-uṣur and made a good road to it.

1010

ú-ma-ʾe-ru-in-ni-ma EN.MEŠ geš-ru-ti ina -bit-ti-šú-nu ṣir-ti u an-ni-šú-nu ki-ni

1111

URU ina mad-ba-ri ina na-me-e aṣ-bat TA URU₄.MEŠ-šú a-di gaba-dib-bi-šú lu-u ú-šak-lil

1212

é-kur --ma BÁRA DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ ina lìb-bi ŠUB-di

1313

tim-me-en-šú GIM šá-pik KUR-e ú-šar-šid ú-kin URU₄-šú a-na du-ur -riš

1414

URU.BÀD-mEN-KASKAL-UMUN-PAP ina KA UN.MEŠ MU-šú ab-bi-ma ú-še-šir KASKAL-šú

1515

NA₄.NA..A SAR-ma ṣa-lam DINGIR.MEŠ ina muḫ-ḫi ab-ni ina šu-bat DINGIR-ú-ti ul-ziz

(15) I wrote my monumental inscription, engraved thereon images of the gods, and erected (this stele) in the divine abode. I established forever income, food offerings, (and) incense offerings for these gods.

1616

GIŠ.ŠUB.BA NIDBA qut-rin-ni a-na DINGIR.MEŠ šu-nu-ti ú-kin -riš

1717

man-nu EGIR-ú šá -šur dUTU dMES u dIŠKUR ana SIG₅-tim MU-šú i-nam-bu-u ú-ma-ʾa-ru KUR

(17) Whichever later one, whom the gods Aššur, Šamaš, Marduk, and Adad name to be in charge of the land for (its) benefit: repair the damaged portions of this city and temple! Do not put a stop to the income (and) food offerings of these gods. I established freedom from taxation for this city: grain (and) straw taxes will not be collected; (20) no one will divert its water into another channel, change its boundaries, (or) charge a tax on herds or flocks. State service (ilku tupšikku) is not imposed upon the people who live there. No one else will impose upon them deprivation nor will they do servitude.

1818

an-ḫu-ut URU É.KUR šu-a- ú-diš GIŠ.ŠUB.BA NIDBA šá DINGIR.MEŠ šu-nu-ti la ta-ba-ṭi-il

1919

šá URU šá-a-šú za-ku-su áš-kun ŠE.nu-sa-ḫi-šú la in-na-su-ḫu ŠE.IN.NU-šú la -šab-ba-

2020

A.MEŠ-šú a-na bu-tuq-ti šá-ni-tim-ma la i-bat-taq mi-iṣ-ru ku-dúr la e-ni

2121

ṣi-bit GU₄.MEŠ u U₈.ḪI.A la i-ṣab-bat UN.MEŠ a-šib lìb-bi-šú il-ku

2222

tup-šik-ku la im-di mam-ma šá-nu-um-ma ana muḫ-ḫi-šú-nu la -ta-za-ma

2323

la e-pu- re-du-su-un u NA₄.NA..A ul- KI-šú la ta-da-ki

(23b) As for my monumental inscription, you (the later one) must not remove it from its place (and) put it somewhere else. You must not put it in a Taboo House, you must not smash it, (25) you must not cover it with earth, you must not throw it into water, you must not splash bitumen on it, you must not burn it, (and) you must not erase my inscription. (If you obey these injunctions, then) the gods whose names are written in this monumental inscription will heed your prayers (and) go to your aid whenever you pray in strife, conflict, battle, disease, plague, the affliction of Erra, (and) pestilence.

2424

ina áš-ri šá-nim-ma la ta-šá-kan a-na É a-sa-ki la KU₄ la GAZ

2525

ina SAḪAR la ta-kát- ina A.MEŠ la ŠUB-di ESIR la ina IZI la GÍBIL

2626

MU.SAR la ta-pa-šiṭ DINGIR.MEŠ šá ina NA₄.NA..A UR₅- MU-šú-nu šaṭ-ru

2727

ina šá-áš-me MURUB₄ u ta-ḫa-zu di-ḫu šib-ṭi TAG dèr-ra mu-ta-ni

2828

e-ma ŠU.II-ka ÍL-u i-še-mu-u ik-ri-bi-ka DU-ku Á.TAḪ-u-ka

2929

mu-na-ki-ir šiṭ-ri-ia u MU-ia -šur dUTU dMES dIŠKUR

(29) As for the one who alters my inscription or name, may the gods Aššur, Šamaš, Marduk, (and) Adad, the great gods, not have mercy upon him, to his utter destruction.

3030

DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ EN ul-li la ba-še-e a-a TUKU-šú re-e-mu


Based on A. Kirk Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC II (858-745 BC) (RIMA 3), Toronto, 1996. Adapted by Jamie Novotny (2016) and lemmatized and updated by Nathan Morello (2016) for the Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative (MOCCI), a corpus-building initiative funded by LMU Munich and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (through the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East) and based 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/Q006688/.