• SAA 04 001




  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Nineveh
  • Extispicy Query
  • military and political


SAA 04, 001

SAA 04 001. Will the King of Phrygia or Mugallu Attack a Fortress of Melid? (BM 099108) [military and political]

o 1o 1

[dUTU EN GAL-ú šá a-šal-lu-ka an]-nam GI.NA a-pal-⸢an⸣-[ni]

(1) [Šamaš, great lord], give me a firm positive ans[wer to what I am asking you]!

o 22

[TA UD NE-i UD x-KÁM šá ITI NE-i ITI].⸢SIG₄ EN UD 23-KÁM šá ITI TU-ba ITI.ŠU šá MU [NE-ti]

(2) [From this day, the day of this month, the month Siv]an (III), to the 23rd day of the coming month, the month Tammuz (IV) of [this ye]ar, [for thes]e [... days and nights], the term stipulated for the performance of (this) extispicy within [this stipu]lated term,

o 33

[a-na x UD-MEŠ x MI-MEŠ an-na]-⸢ti ši-kin RI --ti .ḪAL-ti i-na ši-kin RI [UR₅-]

o 44

[lu-ú mx x x x LUGAL] KUR⸣.muš-ku lu-ú ERIM-MEŠ .gi-mir-ra-a.a šá it-[ti-šú]

(4) [will either NN, the king of] Phrygia, or the Cimmerian troops who [are allied] w[ith him, or Mugallu and the troops allied wi]th him, or any other enemy [strive and plan to take] or [..., a fortress of the ci]ty Melid?

o 55

[lu-ú mmu-gal-lu a-di ERIM-MEŠ šá] it⸣-ti-šú lu-ú .KÚR mál GÁL-MEŠ-[ú]

o 66

[URU.x x x x bir-ti? šá?] URU⸣.mi-li-di lu-⸢ú [x x]

o 77

[x x x x x x x x] x x [x] šá? URU UR₅- URU.[x x x]

(7) [...] of that city, [...]

rest broken away


rbeginning broken away

r 1'1'

[x x x x x x x x x x x] URU.mi-[li-di]

(r 1) [...] the city Me[lid ......]

r 2'2'

[x x x x x x x x x x x] DU-ma a-na [x x x]

(r 2) [(whether)] he will come and [...] to [......]

r 3'3'

[i-na ŠÀ UDU.NÍTA NE-i GUB-za-am-ma an-na GI.NA] GIŠ.ḪUR-MEŠ SILIM-MEŠ UZU-⸢MEŠ [ta-mit]

(r 3) [Be present in this ram, pl]ace (in it) [a firm positive answer], favorable designs, [favorable, propitious] omen[s by the oracular command of your great divinity], and may I [see (them)].

r 4'4'

[SIG₅-MEŠ SILIM-MEŠ šá SILIM-tim šá KA DINGIR-ti-ka GAL-ti šuk]-nam-ma lu-[mur]

r 5'5'

[UGU DINGIR-ti-ka GAL-ti dUTU EN GAL-ú lil]-⸢lik⸣-ma KIN li-tap-[pal]

(r 5) [May (this query) g]o [to your great divinity, O Šamaš, great lord], and may an oracle be given as an an[swer].

Adapted from Ivan Starr, Queries to the Sungod: Divination and Politics in Sargonid Assyria (State Archives of Assyria, 4), 1990. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2018, 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