• Nebuchadnezzar II 022


  • Q005493
  • Nebuchadnezzar II 022



  • cylinder
  • Neo-Babylonian
  • Babylon
  • Royal Inscription
  • Nebuchadnezzar II


GMTR 4 C024

Nebuchadnezzar II 022

Column i


i 1'1'

[...] --et-ti-d[EN.LÍL]

(i 1') [...] Nēmetti-[Enlil ... that Nabopol]assar, king of Babylon, the father who had engendered me, [...] that their foundation(s) had not been put in good order; [...] its moat embankment(s) [...]; (that) he built [the embankment of the Araḫtu River with bit]umen and baked brick [from the gate of the goddess ]tar to the gate of the god Uraš and constructed [piers of baked brick on the other side of the] Euphrates [River], but [he did not complete the] rest;

i 2'2'

[... ša dna-bi-um-IBILA]-ú-ṣu-úr šar .DINGIR.RA.KI a-bi ba-nu-ú-a

i 3'3'

[...] la -te-ši-ru te-me-en-šu-un

i 4'4'

[...] ka-a-ri ḫi-ri-ti-šu

i 5'5'

[... -tu .GAL-d]-ta-ar a-di .GAL-duraš

i 6'6'

[ka-a-ri ÍD.a-ra-aḫ-tim i-na ku]-⸢up⸣-ri ù a-gur-ri ik-ṣú-ru-ma

i 7'7'

[ma-ka-a-ti a-gur-ri a-ba-ar- ÍD].⸢BURANUN ú-ra-ak-ki-is-ma

i 8'8'

[la ú-ša-ak-li-lu] -it-ta-a-tim

i 9'9'

[ša ul-tu ú-ul-lu LUGAL i-na] LUGAL la ib-nu-ù

(i 9') [that which in the distant past] no [king among] the (former) king(s) had built [(and) that which no king of the past] had done, (he did); [for the protection of] Babylon, he surrounded [the eastern side of] Babylon [with a fortification wall over a stretch of 4,000 cubits ar]ound Babylon [from the bank of the Euphrates River upstream on the city] to the bank of the Euphrates River downstream of the city, [dug its canal, and] built its embankment wall(s) [with bitumen] and baked brick

i 10'10'

[LUGAL ša ma-aḫ-ri la] i--šu

i 11'11'

[a-na ni-ṣi-ir-] .DINGIR.RA.KI

i 12'12'

[4 LIM KÙŠ --ri i]-⸢ta⸣-a-at .DINGIR.RA.KI

i 13'13'

[ul-tu ÍD.BURANUN.KI e-la-an URU.KI] a-di ÍD.BURANUN ša-ap-la-an URU.KI

i 14'14'

[BÀD da-núm BAL.RI dUTU.È.A] ⸣.DINGIR.RA.KI ú-ša-al-mu-ù

i 15'15'

[ḫi-ri-su iḫ-ru-ú-ma i-na ku-up-ri] ù a-gur-ri ik-ṣú-ru ki-bi-ir-šu

i 16'16'

[ia-ti a--il-šu re-e]-⸢⸣-ta-a na-ra-am li-ib-bi-šu

(i 16') [As for me, his first]-born [son], the beloved of his heart, [with the wisdom that the gods Ea and Marduk had gran]ted me, [to ... I ...] ... [everything that the father who had engendered me had done], and [I] completed [Imgur-Enlil and Nēmetti-Enlil, the walls ...].

i 17'17'

[i-na ne-- ša dé-a ù dAMAR.UTU ú-ša-at]-li-mu-nim?

i 18'18'

[mi-im-mu-ù a-bi ba-nu-ú-a i-te-ep-pu-šu a-na ...]--e-ma

i 19'19'

[im-gu-úr-dEN.LÍL ù --et-ti-dEN.LÍL BÀD.MEŠ? x x x ú]-⸢ša⸣-ak-li-il

i 20'20'


(i 20') (No translation possible)

i 21'21'


i 22'22'




Column ii
ii 1ii 1

[a-na ki-da₄]-a-[nim im-gu-úr-dEN.LÍL i-ta-a-at ka-a-ri a-bi ik-ṣú-ru]

(ii 1) [On the outs]ki[rts of Imgur-Enlil, beside the embankment that my father had constructed, I built] a strong, [twenty-one-baked-brick-(thick)] embankment with [bi]tumen and baked bri[ck] and adjoin[ed (it)] to the embankment that my father had constructed. I secu[red] its foundation on the surface (lit. “breast”) of the netherworld [and] raised its superstructure as high as a mountain.

ii 22

[21? a-gur-ri] ka-a-ri da-num i-⸢na [ku-up]-ri ù a-⸢gur⸣-[ri ab-ni-ma]

ii 33

it-ti ka-a-ri a-bi ik-ṣú-ru e--⸢ni⸣-[iq-ma]

ii 44

i-ši-id-su i-na i-ra-at ki-gal-lim ú-ša-ar-[ši-id-ma]

ii 55

re-e-ši-šu ú-za-aq--ir ḫu-úr-sa-ni-

ii 66

ka-a-ri a-gur-ri BAL.RI dUTU.ŠÚ.A BÀD .DINGIR.RA.KI ú-ša-⸢al⸣-[mu]

(ii 6) On the other bank, (on) the western (side), I surroun[ded] the wall of Babylon with an embankment of baked bricks. Beside the embankment of the Araḫtu (River) that my father had bu[ilt, I built] a strong embankment like a mountain with bitumen and baked brick.

ii 77

i-ta-a-at ka-a-ri ÍD.a-ra-aḫ-tim ša a-bi i--[šu]

ii 88

ka-a-ri da-num i-na ku-up-ri ù a-gur-ru ša-da-ni- [ab-nim]

ii 99

[BÀD ša] i-ta-[a-at BÀD]

(ii 9) (As for) the wall that the father who had engendered me had built beside the wall for the protection of [the city, but whose] cons[truction he had not] completed, I co[mp]let[ed (it) and ra]ised [its] sup[erstructure]. I dug out its moat and [reached the water] table. [I built] strong [emba]nkments (for a stretch of) forty-three cu[bits and] a[djoined (it)] to the emb[ankment that (my) fat]her had co[nstructed].

ii 1010

a-na ni-ṣi-ir- [URU.KI]

ii 1111

[a-bi] ba-nu-ú-a [i--šu-ma]

ii 1212

[la ú]-⸢ša⸣-ak-li-lu ši-[-ir-ša]

ii 1313


ii 1414

[ú]-ul-la-a re⸣-[e-ši-šu]

ii 1515

ḫi-ri-su aḫ-re-e-ma šu--⸢ul [-e ak-šu-ud]

ii 1616

43? am⸣-[ma-at ka]-a-ri da-nu₄-⸢tim? [ab-ni-ma]

ii 1717

it-ti ka⸣-[ri a-ba]-am ik⸣-[ṣú-ru] e-[-ni-iq-ma]

ii 1818

BÀD da-núm i-na ku-up-ri ù a-gur-ri [ab-ni-ma]

(ii 18) [I built] a fortified wall with bitumen and baked brick [and] construc[ted] its broad gates. I fitted th[em] with doors (made) of cedar with a facing of bronze.

ii 1919

.GAL..GAL-šu ša-ad-la-a-tim ú-ra-ak-⸢ki⸣-[is-ma]

ii 2020

GIŠ.IG.GIŠ.IG GIŠ.EREN.GIŠ.EREN ta-aḫ-lu-up- ZABAR e-er-te-et-ti-⸢ši⸣-[na-a-ti]

ii 2121

ì-nu-mi-šu ma-aṣ-ṣa-ar- .DINGIR.RA.KI du-un⸣-nu-nim -⸢te--e⸣-[ma]

(ii 21) At that time, I constantly stove (to do things) to strengthen the protection of Babylon. (At) a distance of 360 cubits along the outskirts of Nēmetti-Enlil, the outer wall of Babylon, from the bank of the Euphrates River up to the left door-jamb of the gate of the goddess Ištar, I built two strong embankments with bitumen and baked brick, (and) a wall like a mountain.

ii 2222

3 ME 60-šu am-ma-at --ri i-ta-a-at --et-ti-dEN.LÍL

ii 2323

ša-⸢al-ḫe⸣-e .DINGIR.RA.KI a-na ki-da-⸢a⸣-[nim]

ii 2424

-tu ÍD.BURANUN.KI a-di -⸢ip⸣-[pi] šu⸣-me-⸢lu ša .GAL-d-ta-ar

ii 2525

2 ka-a-ri da⸣-nu₄-tim i⸣-na ku-up-ri ù a-gur-ri

ii 2626

BÀD ša-da-ni- ab-ni-⸢ma

ii 2727

i-na -e-ri-šu-nu -ti-iq a-gur-ri e-ep-ti-iq-ma

(ii 27) I fashioned a baked brick structure between them and, on top of it, I built a large kummu-building as the residence of my royal majesty with bitumen and baked brick to a great height. I added (it) to the palace <that> is inside the city and (thereby) made the seat of my lordly majesty resplendent.

ii 2828

i-na re-e-ši-šu ku-um-mu ra-ba-⸢a

ii 2929

a-na šu-ba-at šar-ru-ti-ia

ii 3030

i-na ku-up-ri ù a-gur-ri ša-⸢- e---ma

ii 3131

it-ti É.GAL <ša> -re-⸢eb URU.KI ú-ra-ad-di-ma

ii 3232

ú-ša-pa-a šu-ba-at ⸣-e-lu-ti

ii 3333

-ni-ma -tu ⸣-[ip-pi i-mi]-it-ti ša .GAL-d-ta-ar

(ii 33) For a second time, from the [rig]ht door-[jamb of] the gate of the goddess Ištar to the lower enclosure Nēmetti-Enlil, which faces East, 360 cubits from the outskirts of Nēmetti-Enlil, [I built] fortified wall like a mountain, with bitumen and baked brick. I skillfully the strengthen (Babylon’s) protection and es[tablished] the city of Babylon as a fortress.

ii 3434

a-di ṭú-úr-ri ša-ap-li-i ša --et-ti-dEN.LÍL ša ti-ib IM.KUR.RA

ii 3535

3 ME 60-šu am-ma-at pu-ú-tim -tu --⸢et⸣-ti-dEN.LÍL a-na ki-da-a-nim

ii 3636

BÀD da-núm i-na ku-up-ri ù a-⸢gur-ri ša⸣-[da-ni- ab-nim]

ii 3737

ma-aṣ-ṣa-ar-tim na-ak-li- ú-⸢da⸣-an-ni-[in-ma]

ii 3838

URU.KI .DINGIR.RA.KI a-na ni-ṣi-ir-tim áš-[ku-un]

ii 3939

dAMAR.UTU EN GAL? li--it -ti⸣-ia a-na [SIG₅-tim ḫa]-di- na-[ap-li-is-ma]

(ii 39) O Marduk, great lord, lo[ok upon] my handiwork with [favor and ple]asure and may good things about me be s[et upon your] lips. B[y your holy command, which] cannot be alter[ed, proclaim] the prolonga[tion of] my [da]ys (and) command [my] (attainment of) very ol[d age]. May eve[ry]thing that [I] have built [endure and] stay in good repair forever so that [I may be sated with its] luxuriousness. By your true command, which cannot [be overturned], may I not have enemies [nor acquire] (any) troublemaker(s).

ii 4040

da-am--tu-ú-a li-⸢⸣-[ša-ak-na] ša-ap-tu-[uk-ka]

ii 4141

i-[na pi-i-ka e-el-lu ša] la na-ka-[ri]

ii 4242

[i-] a-ra-[ku u₄]-mi-ia - li-it-[tu-ú-ti]

ii 4343

mi-[im]-mu-ù [e]-te-ep-pu-šu li⸣-[ku-un-ma]

ii 4444

ga-du ú-ul-lu li-bu-úr-ma la-la-a-[šu lu--bu]

ii 4545

i-na --ti-ka ki-it-ti ša la [šu--e-lam]

ii 4646

a-⸢a i-ši na-ki-ri mu-ga-al-⸢li-tu [a-a ar-ša]

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