• SAA 13 070




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

SAA 13 070. Sacred Marriage of Nabu and Tašmetu (ABL 0366)

o 1o 1

a-na LUGAL EN-ia

(1) To the king, my lord: your servant, Nergal-šarrani. Good health to the king, my lord. May Nabû and Marduk bless the king, my lord.

o 22

ARAD-ka mdU.GURMAN-a-ni

o 33

lu-u DI-mu a-na LUGAL EN-ia

o 44


o 55

a-na LUGAL EN-ia lik-ru-bu

o 66

ina ši-i-a-ri UD 04-KÁM a-na ba-a-di

(6) Tomorrow, on the 4th day, in the evening, Nabû and Tašmetu will enter the bedroom. On the 5th day, they will serve (them) the royal banquet. The 'inspector' will attend. They will bring the lion-head (rhyton) and a tallakku-object to the palace. From the 5th to the 10th, the gods will be in the bedroom, and the 'inspector' will sit by. On the 11th, Nabû will go out and stretch his legs. He will go to the game park and kill wild oxen. (Then) he will ascend and take up residence (again) in his dwelling. He will b[less] the king, my lord, and [his] ho[use].

o 77

dPA ù dtaš-me-tum

o 88

ina ÉGIŠ. er-ru-bu

o 99

UD 05-KAM ša-ku-su ša LUGAL

o 1010

ú-šá-ku-lu .ḫa-za-nu -šab

o 1111

SAG.DU UR.MAḪ GIŠ.tal-la-ak-ku

o 1212

a-na É.GAL ub-bu-lu

o 1313


o 1414

a-di UD 10-KAM

o 1515

[DINGIR]-MEŠ-ni ina ÉGIŠ. šu-nu

o 1616

ù .ḫa-za-nu

o 1717


r 1r 1

[UD] 11-KÁM dAG uṣ-ṣa-a

r 22

GÌR-šú i-pa-áš*-šar

r 33

a-na am-ba-as-si il-lak

r 44

ri-ma-a-ni i-du-ak

r 55

el-li ina šub-ti-šú -šab

r 66

a-na LUGAL [EN]-⸢ia*

r 77

ù É*-šú* i*-kar*-rab*

r 88

a-na LUGAL EN-ia as-sap-ra

(r 8) I have written to the king, my lord, that the king, my lord, may know (about it).

r 99

LUGAL be- lu-u-di

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