JTVI 29 84–85

LBPL no. 26820

Texts Hierarchy
Copy / Photo
Tablet Siglum
BM 35404 (Sp II.987)
Measurements
circumference
7.5 x 11.25
cm
Uncertain
Collection
British Museum, London
Edition
51–57, 75–77
Studies
xlix–lvi
Albright 1942: 33–36;
81–109
57, n. 63
62–65, 74, n. 51
370–371
199, n. 71
354, n. 811
179, n. 46, 182, n. 58, 184–185
23, 33–34, 132–133, 138, 174, 202
7, 146, nn. 11–14
3, no. 30
106, 239, n. 1137, 524, 528
258–259, 264–265, 268
Genre / Classification
Literary letters
Text

Obv.   

1'         [. . . il]āni(dingi]rmeš) x x [. . .]

2'         [. . . ] x x x x x ta-at úr x [. . .]

3'         [x x (x)] x bābili(eki) mar-kas šamê(an-e) šá ana er-bet šārī(im) nadât(šub[t]) [. . .]

4'         [i]-šim-šu-nu-tušer9(SAR)-tú šá ina bābili(tin.tirki) āl(uru) ta-na-[at-ti . . .]

5'         i-šim-šu-nu-tu4 ším-mat šu-ut bābili(eki) ṣa-ḫar u ra-[bi-i . . .]

6'         ina mil-ki-šu-nu ki-nì ana mku-dúr-náḫ-ḫun-gá šar(lugal) kure-la-[mat . . .]

7'         ú-kan-nu-ú rid-di ga-na šá eli(ugu)-šú-nu ṭa-a-bi x [. . .]

8'         ina bābili(eki) āl(uru) kár-an-dun-iá-àš šarrūtu(lugal-tú) ip-pu-uš [. . .]

9'         ina bābili(tin.tirki) āl(uru) šar(lugal) ilāni(dingirmeš) marduk(damar.utu) id-du-ú k[ussû(giš[gu.za)-šú . . .]

10'       su-gul-lu4 u barbaru(ur.bar) bīt(é) ḫab-ba-a-tú i-mag-ga-[ru . . .]

11'       kun-šil-lu ki-i-nu a-ri-bi mut-tap-ri-šu i-ra-m[u . . .]

12'       i-nag-gàr a-ri-bi ṣerru(muš) mut-tab-bi-ik mar-tu4 [. . .]

13'       kalbu(ur.gi7) ka-si-is eṣemti(gìr.pad.da) i-ma-ag-ga-ár ši[kkî(dni[n.kilim) . . .]

14'       i-nag-gàr mušḫuššu(muš.ḫuš) ḫab-ba-a-tu4 ta-bi-ik d[a-mi . . .]

15'       [a]-a-ú šar(lugal) kure-la-mat šá iz-nun-nu é-sag-gíl ú-k[an-nu kidinnu]

16'       [šá] mārī(dumumeš) bābili(eki) iš-ku-nu šu-bar-ru-šu-nu i-[na . . .]

17'       [a-ma]-a-tu4 šá taš-ṭu-ru um-ma ana-ku šarru(lugal) mār(dumu) šarri(lugal) z[ēr(nu[mun) šarrūti dārīti]

18'       [lu]-ú mār(dumu) mārat(dumu×munus) šarri(lugal) šá ina kussî(gišgu.za) šarrūtu(lugal-tú) ú-ši-b[u . . .]

19'       [u] tukultī([m]dur.maḫ)-ninurta(dmaš) māru(dumu) šá arad(mìr)-esagil(é.tuš.a) šá amti(géme) [. . .]

20'       [ina] kussî([giš]gu.za) ú-ši-ib-ma ina si-iḫ di-i-k[u. . .]

21'       [u ni]-nu šarru(lugal) il-lik šá ultu(ta) u4-mu da-ru-ú-tú x (x) [. . .]

22'       [(x)] in-nam-bi bēl(en) bābili(eki) ul i-kan-nu ep(erasure)-še-e-[ti . . .]

23'       [si]mānu([it]isig4) duʾūzu(itišu) ina bābili(eki) in-ni-ip-p[u-uš . . .]

24'       [x] x-še-e-a enzu(ùz) ku-ra sa-pi-in-nu māti(kur) kal[āma](dù.[a.bi]) [. . .]

25'       [x x] x⸣ bi um ina mil-ki-šu-nu ki-nu-um [. . .]

26'       [x x x] xnu-a enzu(ùz) ra-šu-um a-bu-t[ú . . .]

27'       [. . . i]lāni(din]girmeš) ina šal-lat ú-še-eṣ-ṣ[u-ú . . .]

28'       [. . .] x x šá rid-di x [. . .]

(Lacuna)

 

Rev.    

(Lacuna)

1"        [x x x x] kan-nam la x [. . .]

2"        [x x x] x x šarru(lugal) šakkanakku(gìr.níta) ul [. . .]

3"        [x x] tu4 nap-šat-su ta x [. . .]

4"        [x x] x di x x x [. . .]

5"        [x x] x šamaš(dutu) u d[. . .]

6"        [x x] da-ab-x [. . .]

7"        [x x x] ku [. . .]

8"        [x x x] x [. . .]

9"        [x]meš lu [. . .]

10"      [x] x še x [. . .]

11"      [x] šarru(lugal) nam [. . .]

12"      u4-mu ma-la [. . .]

13"      bēlū(enmeš) ár-nu [. . .]

14"      kal-la mar-ṣa-[tu4. . .]

15"      māḫiru(gaba.šu.<gar>) ut-ta x [. . .]

16"      ʾe-er-šú man-nu ana [. . .]

17"      dumuq(sig5) bābili(eki) é-sa[g-gíl . . .]

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18"      [g]i-ṭu x [. . .]

19"      [x x] x x nabû(dag)? x [. . .]

Translation

Obv.

1'–9'                [. . .] the gods [. . .] . . . [. . .] Babylon, the bond of heaven, which is laid o[ut] to the four winds. He (Marduk) decided for them the punishment that in Babylon, the prai[seaworthy] city. He decreed for them the property of the Babylonians, young and o[ld . . .]. With their firm counsel, they established persecution for Kudur-naḫḫunte, king of Elam. Now, one who is pleasing to them [. . .] will exercise kingship in Babylon, the city of Karduniaš. In Babylon, the city of Marduk, king of the gods, they [will set up his t[hrone].

10'–16'            Will livestock and preying wolf come to terms? Will a firm-rooted kunšillu-thorn and a soaring raven love (one another)? [. . .] Will a raven and a venomous snake come to terms? [. . .] Will a bone-gnawing dog come to terms with a mongoose? [. . .] Will a dragon come to terms with a blood-letting bandit? [. . .] What king of Elam is there who provided for Esagil, esta[blished] the Babylonians' [freedom from corvée] and fixed their tax exemption i[n. . .]? 

17'–22'            (As for) [the wo]rds that you wrote, "I am a king, son of a king, of the [eternal] se[ed of royalty, inde]ed, the son of a king's daughter who sat on the royal throne [. . .]" – [now,] Tukultī-Ninurta, son of Arad-Esagil whom a slave girl   [. . .], sat [on] the royal throne and was killed in an insurrection. [As for u]s, let a king come whose [lineage is estsablished] from ancient days. He will be called the lord of Babylon; the deed[s of anyone else] will not prosper.

23'–28'            It will be do[ne] in the months of Simānu and Duʾūzu, when the Goat(-star?), the furnace, one that lays flat the entire land [. . .] . . . by their firm counsel      [. . .] . . . the Goat(-star?). To have a sla[ve-mark . . . the g]ods among the booty that they will bring out. [. . .] of pursuit [. . .]

(Lacuna)

 

(Reverse too fragmentary for a coherent reading) 

Vocabulary

WordTranslationLine
abbuttum a hair-style, mark of slavery obv. 26'
alākum (v.) to go obv. 21'
ālum village, town, city obv. 4', 8', 9'
amtum maid, female slave obv. 19'
ana to, for obv. 3', 6', rev. 16"
anāku I obv. 17'
Arad-Esagil PN obv. 19'
arnum guilt, fault, penalty rev. 13"
awātum, amātum word, matter obv. 17'
ayyum, ayyûm which obv. 15'
Bābili GN obv. 3', 4', 5', 8', 9', 16', 22', 23', rev. 17"
barbarum wolf obv. 10'
bēlum lord, proprietor (of) obv. 22', rev. 13"
bītum house, palace, temple obv. 10'
dâkum (v.) to kill, beat obv. 20'
dāmum blood obv. 14'
dārûm lasting, eternal obv. 17', 21'
dumqum goodness, good (thing) rev. 17"
Duʾūzu MN obv. 23'
Elamtum, Elammia GN obv. 6', 15'
eli on, over, above, concerning obv. 7'
enzum goat, Goat-star (the constellation Lyra) obv. 24', 26'
epēšum (v.) to do, make, build, open (mouth), (D) calculate, check, execute properly (a tablet) obv. 8', 23'
epištum deed, action obv. 22'
erbe four obv. 3'
erēbum, arībum rook, jackdaw, crow, raven obv. 11', 12'
eršum wise rev. 16"
Esagil TN obv. 15', rev. 17"
eṣemtum bone obv. 13'
gana come on, yallah! obv. 7'
giṭṭum oblong tablet rev. 18"
ḫabbātum plunderer, bandit obv. 10', 14'
ilum god obv. 1', 9', 27'
ina in, on, by, from obv. 4', 6', 8', 9', 16', 18', 20' (x2), 23', 25', 27'
ištum, ultu from, out of, since, after obv. 21'
kalbum dog obv. 13'
kalû, kullu all, totality obv. 24', rev. 14"
kânum (v.) to be(come) permanent, firm, true, (D) establish firmly, set up, define, prove obv. 7', 15', 22'
Karduniaš, Karanduniaš GN obv. 8'
kasāsum (v.) to chew, gnaw obv. 13'
kidinnum protection, aegis, freedom from corvée obv. 15'
kīnum permanent, true, reliable, loyal obv. 6', 11', 25'
Kudur-Naḫḫunte RN obv. 6'
kunšillum carder, carding-comb, a thorn obv. 11'
kūrum kiln, furnace obv. 24'
kussûm chair, throne obv. [9'], 18', 20'
let it be, or, verily obv. 18'
magārum (v.) to consent, agree, obey obv. 10', 12', 13', 14'
māḫirum opponent, antagonist, enemy rev. 15"
mala as much as rev. 12"
mannum who rev. 16"
Marduk DN obv. 9'
markasum bond, tie, rope obv. 3'
marṣum sick, troublesome rev. 14"
martum gall bladder, bile, venom obv. 12'
mārtum daughter obv. 18'
mārum son, descendant obv. 16', 17', 18', 19'
mātum land, country obv. 24'
milkum advice, counsel, intelligence obv. 6', 25'
mušḫuššum serpent-dragon obv. 14'
muttaprišum winged, flying obv. 11'
Nabû DN rev. 19"
nabûm (v.) to name, nominate, decree obv. 22'
nadûm (v.) to throw (down), lay (down), cast, impose, establish, reject, remove obv. 3', 11'
napištum throat, (essence of) life, breath rev. 3"
nīnu we obv. 21'
rabûm big, great, old, noble, chief obv. 5'
râmum, raʾāmum (v.) to love obv. 11'
rašûm (v.) to acquire, get, possess obv. 26'
rīdum driving, droving, succession, pursuit, persecution obv. 7', 28'
sāpinum flattener obv. 24'
sīḫum rebellion obv. 20'
Simānum MN obv. 23'
sugullum herd, cattle obv. 10'
ṣeḫrum small, young, son obv. 5'
ṣerrum snake obv. 12'
ša who(m), which, of obv. 3', 4', 7', 15', 16', 17', 18', 19' (x2), 21', 28'
šakānum (v.) to put, place, lay down, inflict obv. 16'
šakkanakkum (military) governor rev. 2"
šallatum, šillatum plundered thing(s), booty obv. 27'
Šamaš DN rev. 5"
šamû sky, heaven obv. 3'
šarrum king, SN obv. 6', 9', 15', 17' (x2), 18', 21', rev. 2", 11"
šarrūtum kingship, reign obv. 8', 17', 18'
šārum wind obv. 3'
šaṭārum (v.) to write (down) obv. 17'
šērtum guilt, crime, punishment obv. 4'
šiāmum (v.) to fix, decree obv. 4', 5'
šikkûm mongoose obv. 13'
šīmtum what is fixed, will, testament, fate, destiny obv. 5'
šubarrû (tax) exemption obv. 16'
šūt who(m), those who(m), those of obv. 5'
tabākum (v.) to pour (out) obv. 12', 14'
tanittum (hymn of) praise obv. 4'
Tukultī-Ninurta RN obv. 19'
ṭābum good, sweet, pleasant obv. 7'
u and obv. 5', 10', 18', 21', rev. 5"
ul not obv. 22', rev. 2"
umma saying obv. 17'
ūmum day, time obv. 21', rev. 12"
wašābum (v.) to sit (down), dwell obv. 18', 20'
waṣûm (v.) to go out obv. 27'
watûm (v.) to find rev. 15"
zanānum (v.) to provision, provide obv. 15'
zērum seed(s) obv. 17'
Revision History
25/01/20