SAA 01 255. The River of Samaria Dries up (CT 53 458)

obeginning broken away

(Beginning destroyed)

o 1'1'

[x x x x x x]+⸢x ša ina [x x x x x x]

(1) ......] which in [...... an of]ficial in charge of the seed g[rain ......

o 2'2'

[x x v.ENpi]-qit-te ina UGU ŠE.⸢NUMUN⸣-[MEŠ x x x]

(Three untranslatable lines)

o 3'3'

[x x x x]-⸢ub⸣-te-šú x ka [x x x x x x]

o 4'4'

[x x x x] a-ta-[x x]+⸢x [x x x x x x x]

o 5'5'

[x x x x] a [x] x⸣+[x x x x x x x x]

b.e. 6'b.e. 6'

[x x]+⸢x TAv šap-la ma-⸢a-x⸣+[x x x x x x]

(6) [...] from under [......] he came and gave me [......] dirt [...] emblem [......]

b.e. 7'7'

il⸣-la-ka i-tan-⸢na [x x x x x]

b.e. 8'8'

šá-ʾu-ur- GIŠ.⸢ŠU⸣.NIR [x x x x]

b.e. 9'9'

ÍD TAv IGI⸢ri⸣-[na x x e-tab-la]

(9) The river running past Samar[ia has dried up and] there is just one well in the whole region [......]. I have set [to work ...] and they have filtered it(s water), but they have not yet finished [......].

r 1r 1

01-et ši-i ina ŠÀ-bi gab-⸢bi [x x x x x]

r 22

ú-ta-me-di is-sa-aḫ-lu-⸢ši [x x x x x]

r 33

[ú]-di-ni la ú-gam-me-ru URU⸣.[x x x x x]

r 44

[x x] ZI*⸣-MEŠ TAv v*.za-ku-e [x x x x x]

(r 4) [...] persons with exempted (soldiers) [......] cities [......

r 55

[x x x x] URU⸣-MEŠ e-⸢ta⸣-[x x x x x x x]

rest broken away

(Rest destroyed)

Adapted from Simo Parpola, The Correspondence of Sargon II, Part I: Letters from Assyria and the West (State Archives of Assyria, 1), 1987. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2009-11, as part of the AHRC-funded research project “Mechanisms of Communication in an Ancient Empire: The Correspondence between the King of Assyria and his Magnates in the 8th Century BC” (AH/F016581/1; University College London) directed by Karen Radner. The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as