• SAA 10 002




  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Nineveh
  • Scholarly Letter
  • from astrologers


LAS 030; SAA 10, 002

SAA 10 002. The Substitute King Reveals a Conspiracy (ABL 0223) [from astrologers] [via SAAO/SAA10]

o 1o 1

a-na .ENGAR EN-ia

(1) To the 'farmer,' my lord: your servant Nabû-zeru-lešir. Good health to my lord! May Nabû and Marduk bless my lord for many years!

o 22


o 33

lu DI-mu a-na EN-ia

o 44

dAG u dAMAR.UTU a-na EN-ia

o 55

MU.AN.NA-MEŠ ma--da-te lik-ru-bu

o 66

GISKIM-MEŠ lu-u šá AN-e lu šá KI.TIM

(6) I wrote down whatever signs there were, be they celestial, terrestrial or of malformed births, and had them recited in front of Šamaš, one after the other. They (the substitute king and queen) were treated with wine, washed with water and anointed with oil; I had those birds cooked and made them eat them. The substitute king of the land of Akkad took the signs on himself.

o 77

lu-u ša BEiz-bi ammar ši-na-ni

o 88

a-sa-ṭar ina ba-at-ta-ta-a.a

o 99

ma-ḫar dUTU ú-sa-ad-bi-ib-šú-nu

o 1010

ina GEŠTIN NAG-ú ina A-MEŠ TU₅

o 1111

ina Ì-MEŠ ŠÉŠ-MEŠ-šú MUŠEN-MEŠ am-mu-te

o 1212

ú-sa-ab-ši-il ú-sa-kil-šú-nu

o 1313


o 1414

it*-taḫ-ra-an-ni i-si-si

(14) He cried out: "Because of what ominous sign have you enthroned a substitute king?" And he claims: "Say [in] the presence of the 'farmer': on the eve[ning of the xth, we were drinking w]ine. Ṣallaya gave b[ribes] to his servant Nabû-[uṣalli] and meanwhile he inquired about Nikkal-iddina, Šamaš-ibni, and Na'id-Marduk, speaking about upheaval of the country: 'Seize the fortified places one after another!' He is to be watched (carefully); he should no (longer) belong to the entourage of the 'farmer.' His servant Nabû-uṣalli should be questioned he will spill everything."

o 1515

ma-a -i-nu GISKIM la-ap-tu

o 1616

ina ŠÀ-bi-⸢šu* LUGAL pu-u-ḫi tu-še-ši-ba

o 1717

ù i-da-bu-ub ma-a

o 1818

[ina] IGI .ENGAR qi-i-bi

b.e. 19b.e. 19

ma-a ina ba-⸢a⸣-[di ša UD x-KÁM]

b.e. 2020

ma-a GEŠTIN [ni-si-ti]

b.e. 2121


r 1r 1

mṣal-la-a.a a-na mdPA—[ú-ṣal-li]

r 22

ARAD-šú it-ti-din ina ŠÀ-⸢bi

r 33


r 44

ina UGU mdUTUib-ni

r 55

ina UGU mIdmar-duk

r 66

i-sa-al ma-a ina UGU šá-bal-ku-te

r 77

ša ma-a-ti i-du-bu-ub

r 88

ma-a ÉBÀD-MEŠ ina bat-ta-ta-a.a

r 99

ṣab-bi-ta ma-a na-aṣ-ru šu-u

r 1010

ina pa-an .ENGAR lu-u la i-za-az

r 1111

ma-a a-na mdPAú-ṣal-li ARAD-šú

r 1212

liš-ú-lu ma-a šu-u gab-bu

r 1313


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