Babylonian King List C (private collection)

A small clay tablet in a private collection contains a list of some of the rulers of the Second Dynasty of Isin [] (1157-1026 BC). This scribal exercise or draft copy is written in Neo-Babylonian script and likely dates to the reign of Adad-apla-iddina (1068-1047 BC), the eighth king of that dynasty, or possibly to the late reign of his predecessor Marduk-šāpik-zēri (1081-1069 BC), the last king mentioned on the tablet. It has been suggested that the scribal note at the end of the composition (lines 8-9) may have been an attempt by the scribe in training to calculate one fixed point of time to another.

King List C, Obverse
1)  18 (years)  Marduk-kabit-aḫḫēšu  
2)  8 (years)  Itti-Marduk-balāṭu  
3)  6 (years)  Ninurta-nādin-šumi  
4)  22 (years)  Nabû-kudurrī-uṣur (I)  
5)  4 (years)  Enlil-nādin-apli, his son  
6)  18 (years)  Marduk-nādin-aḫḫē (Text: Marduk-nādin-šumi)  
7)  13 (years)  Marduk-šāpik-zēri  
8)  Total: five hundred years from  [...]  
9)  before  Marduk-šāpik-zēri  

Selected Bibliography

Grayson, A.K., 'Königslisten und Chroniken. B. Akkadisch,' in: D.O. Edzard (ed.), Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie 6/1–2, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 1980, pp. 96–97 §3.4.

Poebel, A., The Second Dynasty of Isin According to a New King-List Tablet (Assyriological Studies 15), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955.

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Babylonian King List C (private collection)', The Royal Inscriptions of Babylonia online (RIBo) Project, The RIBo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2016 []

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