Eulmaš-šākin-šumi (1004-988 BC)

Little is known about Eulmaš-šākin-šumi, the founder of Babylon's Bazi Dynasty. The circumstances of his rise to power are not known, but since he did not belong to the same family/dynasty as his processor Kaššû-nādin-aḫḫē (the third and last king of the Second Dynasty of the Sealand) he likely seized the throne after that king had died. The length of his reign is uncertain; King List A [] records that he ruled over Babylonia for seventeen years (1004-988 BC), while the Dynastic Chronicle states that he was king for only fourteen years. A few of his accomplishments are recorded in a kudurru (boundary stone) of the ninth-century king Nabû-apla-iddina []. Eulmaš-šākin-šumi is said to have restored the discontinued food offerings of the sun-god at Sippar and to have given that deity a garden in his capital Babylon. According to the Dynastic Chronicle, Eulmaš-šākin-šumi was buried in the palace of the city Kār-Marduk; he was succeeded by Ninurta-kudurrī-uṣur I [], a man who may or may not have been related to him.

For further information on the inscriptions of Eulmaš-šākin-šumi, click here or on the "Inscriptions" link to the left.

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Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Eulmaš-šākin-šumi (1004-988 BC)', RIBo, Babylon 4: The Inscriptions of the Bazi Dynasty, The RIBo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2016 []

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