• SAA 10 254




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


LAS 031; SAA 10, 001

SAA 10 254. Rituals Against Cultic Offences (ABL 1168) [from exorcists] [via SAAO/SAA10]

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o 1'1'

[x x x x]+⸢x x x⸣+[x x x]

o 2'2'

[x x x x x]-tu MUN* [x x]

(2) May she give [... to the king], my [lord]!

o 3'3'

[a-na LUGAL EN]-⸢ia lu-u ta-⸢din*

o 4'4'

[ki-i LUGAL be-] e-rab URU ša URU.arba-ìl

(4) [As the king, my lord, was mak]ing his (triumphal) entry into the city of Arbela and heard about the conquest of the city [of ...]

o 5'5'

[e-pu-šu-u]-⸢ni ù ṣa-bat URU

o 6'6'

[ša URU.x x x] -mu-ú-ni

o 7'7'

[x x x x x]+⸢x URU ša URU.NINA

(7) [......] the city of Nineveh

o 8'8'

[x x x x x]+⸢x⸣-li ù

(8) [......] and the Cimmerians

o 9'9'

[x x x x x x] KUR-su-nu

(9) [......] their country

o 10'10'

[x x x x x x] ša KUR-šur.KI

(10) [......] of Assyria

o 11'11'

[x x x x ina] UGU⸣-šú-nu šá-ka-a-ni

(11) [... to] achieve [victory ov]er them

o 12'12'

[o? LUGAL be]-⸢ liš-me

(12) may [the king], my [lord], listen [......]

o 13'13'

[x x x x x x] BAD e-ni

(13) [......] opening the eyes

o 14'14'

[x x x x x x]+⸢x GÌR*-ia

(14) [......] my foot

b.e. 15'b.e. 15'

[x x x x x]-ú-ni

(15) [......]

b.e. 16'16'

[dNIN.URTA ù] dgu-la

(16) May [Ninurta and] Gula bestow [happiness and] physical well-being [on the king, my lord, and] his seed!

b.e. 17'17'

[ṭu-ub ŠÀ-bi] ṭu⸣-ub UZU*-MEŠ*

r 1r 1

[a-na LUGAL EN-ia u] NUMUN-šú lip--du

r 22

[ù ina UGU dul]-⸢li* ḪUL GARZA-MEŠ

(r 2) [And concerning the ritu]al (against) cultic evil [about which the king], my l[ord], spoke, we are [now] making preparations (for it). [The 2nd, the 6t]h, the 7th, [the 9th, the 11]th, the 13th, [the 15th, the 18]th, the 19th, [the 20th, the 22]nd, the 24th, [the 26th, the 2]8th and the 30th are auspicious days; [the number of these] good days is [altogether 15].

r 33

[ša LUGAL be]- iq-bu-u-ni

r 44

[an-nu-rig] nu*⸣-šá-aṣ-bat

r 55

[UD 02-KAM UD 06]-⸢KAM UD 07*-KAM

r 66

[UD 09-KAM UD 11]-⸢KAM UD 13-KAM

r 77

[UD 15-KAM UD 18]-KAM UD 19-KAM

r 88

[UD 20-KAM UD 20+x]-KAM UD 24-KAM

r 99

[UD 26-KAM UD] ⸢28*⸣-KAM UD 30-KAM ṭa-a-ba

r 1010

[PAB 15 an-na-te] UD-MEŠ-te DÙG.GA-MEŠ

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r 1111

[ina ši-a-ri] ina nu-bat-ti

r 1212

[mu-šu ša] UD* 11*-KÁM* -pu-

(r 12) We shall perform it [tomorrow] in the evening and [on the night of] the 11th day; [...] which we are performing [...]

r 1313

[x x x x x]+⸢x ša -ep-pa-šú-u-ni

r 1414

[x x x x x x]+⸢x⸣-laq--ú-šú*

r 1515

[x x x x x x]+⸢x⸣-ú-ti*

r 1616

[x x x x x x x x]+⸢x

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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