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  • SAA 10 043

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  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Kuyunjik (Nineveh)
  • Scholarly Letter
  • from astrologers

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LAS 031; SAA 10, 001

SAA 10 043. The King Must Give up Fasting (ABL 0078) [from astrologers] [via SAAO/SAA10]

Obverse
o 1o 1

a-na LUGAL EN-ni

(1) To the king, our lord: your servants Balasî and Nabû-ahhe-eriba. Good health to the king, our lord! May Nabû and Marduk bless the king, our lord!

o 22

ARAD-MEŠ-ni-ka

o 33

mba-la-si-i

o 44

mdPAPAB-MEŠSU

o 55

lu-u DI-mu a-na LUGAL EN-ni

o 66

dPA dAMAR.UTU a-na LUGAL

o 77

lik-ru-bu LUGAL EN-ni

(7) The king, our lord, will pardon us. Is one day not enough for the king to mope and to eat nothing? For how long (still)? This is already the third day (when) the king does not eat anything. The king, a beggar!

o 88

re-ma-nu šu-ú

o 99

01-en UD-mu e-ṣe-e

o 1010

ša LUGAL ik-ku-šu ú-kar-ru-ni

o 1111

ku-sa-pu la e-kul-u-ni

o 1212

a-di imma-te šá-al-šú

o 1313

ina UD-me an-ni-i-e

o 1414

LUGAL NINDA-MEŠ la ek-kal

o 1515

LUGAL muš-ke-e-nu

o 1616

ki-ma SAG.DU ITI

(16) (Surely) when, in the beginning of the month, the moon appears, he says: "I will not fast (any more)! It is the beginning of the month! I want bread to eat and wine to drink!"

o 1717

d30 it-ta-mar

o 1818

ma-a ra-me-ni

Reverse
r 1r 1

la ú-šar-ra

r 22

ma-a SAG.DU ITI šu-ú

r 33

NINDA-MEŠ la-a-kul GEŠTIN-MEŠ

r 44

la-as-si ú-ma-a

(r 4) Now Jupiter is the moon. The king can ask for food for even the whole of the year! We became worried and were afraid, and that is why we are (now) writing to the king.

r 55

MUL.SAG.ME.GAR d30 šu-u

r 66

šá MU.AN.NA gab-bi a-na ḫur

r 77

LUGAL NINDA-MEŠ le-re-

r 88

TAv ŠÀ-bi-ni*

r 99

ni-id-du-bu-ub

r 1010

ni-ip-ta-⸢làḫ ina UGU

r 1111

a-na LUGAL ni-is-sap-ra


Adapted from Simo Parpola, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars (State Archives of Assyria, 10), 1993. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2016, as part of the research programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at LMU Munich (Karen Radner, Humboldt Professorship 2015). The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as http://oracc.org/saao/P334027/.