SAA 04 096. Should Esarhaddon Send Ša-Nabu-šu to Plunder ...? [military and political]

Obverse
o 1o 1

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

(1) [Šamaš, great lord], gi[ve me a fi]rm [positive answer to what I am asking you]!

o 22

[x x x x x x x x x x x x ITI].NE.NE.[GAR x x x]

(2) [From this day, the ...th day of this month], A[b (V), to the ...th day of the month ...],

o 33

[x x x x x x x x x x x x mšádAG]-šu-u a?-di? [x x x]

(3) [should Esarhaddon, king of Assyria, send Ša-Nabû]-šû, [chief eunuch],

o 44

[x x x x x x x x x x x a]-na na-ge-[e x x x]

(4) [with the men, horses and army at his disposal, t]o the district [of ...]?

o 55

[x x x x x x x x x x šá GAZ] GAZ-ku šá [SAR SAR-tu]

(5) [If he sends them], will they kill [what there is to kil]l, [loot, what there is to loot ...]?

o 66

[x x x x x x x x x x x x] ZU-[e]

traces of one line; rest broken away

(Break)

Reverse
rbeginning broken away

r 1'1'

[x x x x x x x x x x x x] U₅ [o]

r 2'2'

[x x x x x x x x x MURUB₄-tum SUḪUŠ]- BAR [o]

(r 2) [... The base of the middle part] is 'loose.'

r 3'3'

[x x x x x x x ŠÀ.NIGIN x x x] 16 ŠID-[šú-nu]

(r 3) [... The coils of the colon are ...] (and) are 16 in number.

r 4'4'

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

(r 4) [May (this query) go to your great divinity, O Šamaš, great lord, and may an] oracle be given as an [answer].

r 5'5'

[x x x x x x x x x x x x x]+⸢x di (blank) [o]

(r 5) [......]...

r 6'6'

[x x x x x x x x x x x pi]-⸢qit⸣-ti [o]

(r 6) [...... Check]-up.


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 http://oracc.org/saao/P240299/.