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  • Esarhaddon 012

Numbers

  • Q003241
  • Esarhaddon 012

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  • cylinder
  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Written ca. 680-669
  • Kuyunjik (Nineveh)
  • Royal Inscription
  • Esarhaddon

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Esarhaddon 012 [via RINAP/RINAP4]

Obverse
11

m-šur-ŠEŠ-SUM.NA LUGAL [... LUGAL ŠÚ LUGAL KUR -šur.KI GÌR.NÍTA .DINGIR.RA.KI LUGAL KUR EME.GI₇ u URI.KI]1

(1) Esarhaddon, [...] ki[ng, ... king of the world, king of Assyria, governor of Babylon, king of Sumer and Akkad], pious prince, humble, [... who knows how to revere all of the gods and goddesses], of fine intellect, ... [...] who from [his] you[th ...] (5) whom [...] to renew [...] the one who (re)constructed the temple of the god Aššur, [...] respectful king, the one who complet[ed ...]; son of Sennacherib, ki[ng of ...] the images of the gods Sîn, Ninga[l, ...] m[a]de and ... [...] the cella, [which] he did not bui[ld] as their lordly living quarters, [...]

22

NUN na--du áš-ru [... ša pa-laḫ DINGIR.MEŠ u d-ta-ri ka-la-ma i-du-ú]

33

lìb-bu rap-šú ma-[...]

44

ša ul-tu ṣe-[ḫe-ri-šú ...]

55

ša a-na ud-du- [...]

66

ba-nu-ú É d-šur [...]

77

LUGAL šaḫ-tu mu-šak-li-[il ...]

88

DUMU md30-ŠEŠ.MEŠ-SU LUGAL [...]

99

ṣa-lam d30 dnin-gal [...]

1010

e-pu-šu-ma ú-[...]

1111

ku-um-mu ša maš-tak be-lu-ti-šú-nu la e-pu-šú [...]

1212

a-na-[ku] mAN.ŠÁR-ŠEŠ-SUM.NA LUGAL ŠÚ LUGAL KUR -šur.KI x [...]

(12) I, Esarhaddon, king of the world, king of Assyria, [...] the temple of the gods [S]în, Ningal, Šamaš, (and) Aya [...] in the citadel of (the city of) Nineveh as residenc[e of ...]. (15) In a favorable month, on a propitious day, I laid its foundations upon that terrace with limestone, [strong] stone from the mountains, [...]. I built (and) [completed] that temple in its entirety. [...]. I roof[ed it] with magnificent cedar beams [... (and) I fastened bands of silver and copper on] doors of cypress, whose fragrance is sweet, [and installed (them) in its gates. (20) I ...] whatever utensils were needed for the temple, whether silver (or) go[ld ...]. When I had completed that temple (and) br[ought its construction to an end ...] the gods Sîn, Ningal, Šamaš, (and) Aya, the great gods, [...] monthly, without ceasing.

1313

É d30 dnin-gal dUTU da-a [...]

1414

ina -reb MURUB₄ URU šá NINA.KI a-na mu-šab [...]

1515

ina ITI šal-me u₄-me še-me-e ina NA₄.pi-i-li NA₄ KUR-i [dan-ni ...]

1616

ṣe-er tam-le-e šu-a-tu -ši-šú ad-di [...]

1717

É šu-a- a-na si-ḫir-ti-šú ar-ṣip [ú-šak-lil ...]2

1818

GIŠ.ÙR.MEŠ GIŠ.EREN MAḪ.MEŠ ú-šat-ri-[ṣa UGU-šú ...]

1919

GIŠ.IG.MEŠ GIŠ.ŠUR.MÌN šá e-re-es-si-na ṭa-a-ba x [...]3

2020

mim-ma ú-na-a-ti ḫi-šiḫ-ti É šá .BABBAR .[GI ...]

2121

ul-tu É šu-a-tu ú-šak-li-lu ú-[qat-tu-u ag-mu-ra ši-pir-šú ...]4

2222

d30 dnin-gal dUTU da-a DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.[MEŠ ...]

2323

ITI-šam-ma la na-par-ka-a [...]

2424

a-na šat-ti d30 dUTU EN.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ x [...]

(24) Thereupon, may the gods Sîn (and) Šamaš, the great lords, ... [...] me Esarhaddon, the king, favor[ite ...]; in the(ir) appearance at the height of heaven and (in) the month Nisannu (I), [...] good omen(s) concerning the lengthening of (my) days ... [...]; (and) by [their immutable] command discuss with one another (my) reaching extreme old age, the abundance of (my) offspring, the incr[ease of my progeny, ...]. (30) May they kill [my enemies], flatten my enemies, cut down [my] foes, (and) allow me to stand [over] my enemies [in victory (and) triumph so that I may rule (and) govern] wherever [my] hea[rt wishes].

2525

ia-a-ti mAN.ŠÁR-ŠEŠ-SUM.NA LUGAL mi-gi-[ir ...]5

2626

ina ta-mar-ti e-lat AN-e ù ITI.BÁRA? [...]

2727

it-tu da--iq-tu ša a-rak u₄-me x [...]

2828

ka-šid lit-tu-ti šu-muḫ pe-er-ʾi šum-dul [na-an-na-bi ...]

2929

li-tap-pa-lu a-ḫa-meš i-na ṣi-it pi-i-[šú-nu la šu-un--e .KÚR.MEŠ-ia?] li--ru6

3030

a-a--e-a lis-ki-pu li-šam--tu ga-re-[e-ia ina li-i-ti ki-šit-ti ŠU.II ṣe]-er .KÚR.MEŠ-ia

3131

li-šá?-zi-zu-ni-ma e-ma lìb-[bi i-qab-bu-u la-be-el la-áš-pur]

3232

[a-na EGIR u₄-me] i-na LUGAL.MEŠ DUMU.MEŠ-e-[a šá d30 dUTU ut-tu-šu-ú-ma]7

(32) [In future days, may] one of the kings, my descendants, [whom the gods Sîn (and) Šamaš select and] na[me to rul]e the land and people, [renovate the dilapidated section(s) of these shrines when] they [become ol]d and dilapidated, [read an inscript]ion written in my name, [and may he anoint (it) with oil, make an offering, write] my name with his name, [(and) return (it) to its place. (Then) may] the gods Sîn and Šamaš [order good things for him] mont[hly, without ceasing].

3333

[a-na be]-lut KUR ù UN.MEŠ i-nam-bu-[u zi-kir-šú e-nu-ma -re-e-ti ša-ti-na]

3434

[i-lab]-bi-ra-ma en-na-ḫa [an-ḫu-us-si-na lu-ud-diš]

3535

[MU].SAR-ú ši-ṭir MU-ia [li-mur-ma Ì.GIŠ lip-šu- UDU.SISKUR BAL-]

3636

šu- it-ti šu-me-šú [liš-ṭur a-na áš-ri-šú li-ter]

3737

d30 u dUTU ITI-šam-[ma la na-par-ka-a liq-bu-u SIG₅.MEŠ-šú]

Date ex. 1Date ex. 1
3838

ITI.[...]

(38) Month [...].

1m-šur-ŠEŠ-SUM.NA “Esarhaddon”: Contrary to the print edition of RINAP 4, there is no divine determinative in the king’s name.

2šu-a- “that”: The 2011 version has šu-a-ti.

3The proposed tentative translation is based on text no. 2 (Nineveh B) v 25–26, me-ser .BABBAR u ZABAR ú-rak-kis-ma ú-rat-ta-a .MEŠ-šá.

4The restoration is based on Ashurbanipal Prism T iii 30–31 (Borger, BIWA p. 144).

5mAN.ŠÁR-ŠEŠ-SUM.NA “Esarhaddon”: The personal name determinative was omitted in RINAP 4 (p. 60).

6The distribution of the contents of these lines now follows the line arrangement of ex. 1.

7EGIR “future”: The revised restoration is based on text no. 1 (Nineveh A) vi 65 and text no. 3 (Nineveh C) vi 23´; RINAP 4 (p. 58) has restores the word as ár-kát.


Created by Erle Leichty, Jamie Novotny, and the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP) Project, 2011, 2017. Lemmatized by Jamie Novotny, 2010, and updated by him, 2017, 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/rinap/Q003241/.