Itti-Marduk-balāṭu (1139-1132 BC)

Itti-Marduk-balāṭu, the second ruler of the Second Dynasty of Isin [], reigned over Babylonia for eight years (see Babylonian King List C []). Only a few documents from his reign are preserved, namely a royal inscription in his name [], a fragmentary kudurru recording the purchase of land and five economic texts. According to the royal inscription [], Itti-Marduk-balāṭu was the son of his predecessor Marduk-kabit-aḫḫēšu []. Despite the fact that the name of the dynasty given in Babylonian King List A [] suggests that the latter individual (about whose reign we know practically nothing) originated from Isin, Itti-Marduk-balāṭu's royal titulary indicates that as early as his reign, the Second Isin Dynasty [] had already gained control over Babylon, the former capital of the preceding Kassite Dynasty. He was succeeded by Ninurta-nādin-šumi [] (see Babylonian King List C []), a man whose ancestry is unknown.

For further information on the inscription of Itti-Marduk-balāṭu, click here or on the "Inscriptions" link to the left.

Browse Itti-Marduk-balāṭu Online Corpus []

Selected Bibliography:

Brinkman, J.A., A Political History of Post-Kassite Babylonia. 1158-722 B.C. (Analecta Orientalia 43), Roma: Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1968 (esp. pp. 41, 94-98 and 324 no. 2).

Frame, G., Rulers of Babylonia. From the Second Dynasty of Isin to the End of Assyrian Domination (1157-612 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Babylonian Periods 2), Toronto et al.: University of Toronto Press, 1995 (esp. pp. 7-8).

Alexa Bartelmus

Alexa Bartelmus, 'Itti-Marduk-balāṭu (1139-1132 BC)', RIBo, Babylon 2: The Inscriptions of the Second Dynasty of Isin, The RIBo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2016 []

Back to top ^^
© RIBo, 2015-2016. RIBo is based at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Historisches Seminar (LMU Munich, History Department) - Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East. Content released under a CC BY-SA 3.0 [] license, 2007-14.
Oracc uses cookies only to collect Google Analytics data. Read more here []; see the stats here []; opt out here.