SAA 04 009. Will Mugallu or Iškallu Attack Chief Eunuch Ša-Nabu-šu? (AGS 057) [military and political]

o 1o 1

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

(1) Šamaš, great lord, [give me a firm positive answer] to what I am as[king you]!

o 22


(2) Ša-Nabû-šû, the chief eunu[ch of Esarhaddon, king of Assyria], who [has gone] with [eunuchs (and) m]agnate[s, the army of Esarhaddon], ki[ng of Assyria, against ......]

o 33

šá TA [.SAG-MEŠ] .GAL-[MEŠ e-mu-qi šá mAN.ŠÁRŠEŠSUM-na]

o 44

LUGAL* [KURAN.ŠÁR ana UGU x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x]

o 55

[x]+x [x x x x x] x+[x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x]

(5) (Break)

o 66

[x x x] x x x [x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x]

o 77

DU-MEŠ-ku [ma]-dak-ta [-ku-nu]-ma [x x x x x x x x x]

(7) [If] he goes and [sets up c]am[p ......],

o 88

lu-ú m[mu-gal-lu a]-di* Á*.KAL* mál* KI*-šu [x x x x x x x x x]

(8) will either [Mugallu w]ith his troops, [or ......], or Iškallû the Tabalean [......], or any other [enemy], either in daytime [or at night] strive and plan,

o 99

lu-ú m-kal-lu-ú KUR.ta-ba-lam-a.[a lu-ú x x x x x x]

(9) [mount an attack agai]nst [......] Ša-Nabû-šû and his [army], and ki[ll and plunder (them)]?

o 1010

lu-ú .[KÚR] mam-ma lu-ú ina kalUD-[mi lu-ú ina šatmu-ši]

o 1111

i-ṣar-ri-[mu]-ú i-kap-pi-du-ú ana UGU [x x x x x x x x x]

o 1212

mšádAGšu-ú [u Á.KAL] mál KI-šu i-[ma-aq-qu-tu-ma]

o 1313

i-duk-[ku-ú i-ḫab-ba-tu ŠÀ-bi šá mAN.ŠÁRŠEŠSUM-na]

rest (at least 10 lines) broken away


rbeginning broken away

r 1'1'

lu-ú mmu-gal-lu KUR*.mi-[li-da-a.a lu-ú x x x x x x x x x x]

(r 1) (... whether) either Mugallu the M[elidean, or ......], or Iškallû the Taba[lean, ......], or any other enemy, will mount an attack against Ša-Na[bû-šû and his army],

r 2'2'

lu-ú m-kal-lu-ú .ta-ba-[la-a.a lu-ú x x x x x x x x]

r 3'3'

lu-ú .KÚR mam-ma ana UGU mšádAG[šu-u u Á.KAL mál KI-šú]

r 4'4'

i-ma-aq-qu-tu-ma i-duk-[ku i-ḫab-ba-tu]

(r 4) (whether) they will ki[ll and plunder (them)],

r 5'5'

ŠÀ-bi šá mAN.ŠÁRŠEŠSUM-na [LUGAL KURAN.ŠÁR i-mar-ra-ṣu i-lam--ni]

(r 5) (and whether) Esarhaddon, [king of Assyria, will become troubled and angry].

r 6'6'

ina ŠÀ UDU.NÍTA an-ni-i GUB-za-[am-ma an-na GI.NA šuk-nam-ma lu-mur]

(r 6) Be present in this ram, [place in it a firm positive answer, and may I see (it)]!

r 7'7'

  [BE] ina SAG 15 NA BE-ma BÙR ŠUB [x x x x x x x x x x x]

(r 7) There is a hole in the right side of the 'station.'

r 8'8'

  BE SILIM 02-ma ina ku-kit-ti-šú-[nu GAR-MEŠ x x x x x x]

(r 8) There are two 'well-beings' [located] in t[heir ...].

r 9'9'

  BE KIŠIB-MEŠ LAL-MEŠ SAL.LA MUR [x x x x x x x x x x]

(r 9) The vertebrae are recessed. The 'cavity' of the l[ung ...].

r 10'10'

    mšu-ma-a mdENSILIM-[im x x x x x x x x x x x x x]

(r 10) Šumâ (and) Bel-u[šallim ......].

r.e. 11r.e. 11

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

(r.e. 11) [May (this query) go] to your great divinity, [O Šamaš, great lord, and may an oracle be given as an answer].

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