• SAA 13 135




  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Kuyunjik (Nineveh)
  • Priestly Letter

SAA 13 135. It Is Not an Ancient Ritual (CT 53 965)

obeginning broken away

(Beginning destroyed)

o 1'1'

[x x x x] x⸣+[x x x x x]

o 2'2'

[x x x x]-e x⸣+[x x x x]

o 3'3'

[x x x]-ši x al⸣-lak [dul-lu]

(3) I will go to [...]. There is [a ritual]. In [the month of ...], on the 16th day, in the even[ing, Ištar] will g[o] through the great gate [and] descend into the cana[l ...]. There is a ritual [he will perform]. She will then come up from the canal, go under the gate of the temple of Nabû, and take a seat in the shrine's gate. [Th]ere is a [ritual] he will perfo[rm]. She will then go d[own] from the shrine's gate in[to the ...] of the palace which faces the [...] of the drinking place. He will fin[ish] 3 libation jars. This is not a ritual; this is nothing. It is not ancient your father introduced [it].

o 4'4'

i-ba-áš-ši ina ŠÀ-bi [ITI x x]

o 5'5'

UD 16-KÁM ina sa-⸢ḫar?⸣—[UD-me d15]

o 6'6'

ina ŠÀ ⸣.GAL ra-⸢bi⸣-te tal-[lak x x]

o 7'7'

tu-ra⸣-ad ina ŠÀ ḫi-ri-[te x x]

o 8'8'

dul-lu i-ba-áš-ši [e-pa-áš]

o 9'9'

TAv UGU ḫi-ri-te ta-⸢la⸣-[ka]

o 10'10'

ina šap-la .GAL ša ÉdPA

o 11'11'

tal-lak ina suk-ki tu-⸢šab

b.e. 12'b.e. 12'

[dul-lu i]-⸢ba⸣-áš-ši e-pa-[áš]

b.e. 13'13'

TAv suk-ki ina ŠÀ [x x x]

r 1r 1

ša É.GAL ša pa-⸢an [x x x]

r 22

ša maš-qe-e tu-[ra-ad?]

r 33

03 pa-gi-li ú-gam-[mar]

r 44

la dul-lu la me-me-e-⸢ni

r 55

la-a la-bi-ru šu-⸢ú

r 66

AD-ú-ka us-se-li [x x]

r 77

UD 19-KÁM mu-da-ri-ik-⸢tu

(r 7) On the 19th is the mudarriktu (ritual). Ištar will proceed to the temple of Gula in the countryside and si[t] on a brick. We will make an offering [...]

r 88

d15 Édgu-la ša ṣe-e-[ri]

r 99

ta-al-lak ina UGU SIG₄ tu-⸢šab

r 1010

UDU⸣.SISKUR ni-na-sa-aḫ [x x]

rest broken away

(Rest destroyed)

Adapted from Steven W Cole, Peter Machinist, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Priests to Kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal (State Archives of Assyria, 13), 1998. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko and Silvie Zamazalová, 2011-13, 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