JTVI 29 82–83

LBPL no. 26825

Texts Hierarchy
Copy / Photo
Tablet Siglum
BM 35496 (Sp III.2)
Measurements
circumference
10.0 x 6.25
cm
Uncertain
Collection
British Museum, London
Edition
46–50, 72–75
Genre / Classification
Literary letters
Text

Obv.   

1'         [. . .] x [. . .]

2'         [. . .] x-ú ālu(uru) x [. . .]       

3'         [. . . é]p-še-tu-šú la [kīnātu? . . .]

4'         [. . .] x ṣu-ḫa-am kan [. . .]

5'         [. . .] x ilāni(dingirmeš) nab-nit a-[ . . .]

6'         [. . .] x u4-mu x [x] šamaš(dutu)? mu-nam-mir x [. . .]

7'         [. . .] x bēl(en) bēlē(en.en⸣) mar[duk](d⸢amar⸣.[utu]) ina kun-nu lìb-bi-šú

8'         [. . .] du-[u]š kip-pat kalāma(dù.a.bi) ma-al-ku la za-nin

9'         [é-sag-íl mār(dumu)-šú] inakakki(gištukul)⸣ ú-šam-qit tukultī(mbàd.maḫ)-ninurta(dmaš) māru(a) šá arad(mìr)-esagil(dé.a-tuš)

10'       [šil-lat la mi]-na!-a-túiš-lul (ameš) eli(ugu) bābili(eki) u é-sag-gil

11'       [ú-šar-da-a mā]r(du]mu)-šú ina kakki(gištukul) qātī(šuii)-šú ki as-lu ú-ṭa-bi-iḫ-šú

12'       [(. . .) ekalšu i-n]a išāti(izi) iq-lu⸣!-ši šību(ab.ba) u ṣeḫru(tur) ina kakki(gištukul)

13'       [. . .] x ik-ki-is mtu.ud.ḫul.a mār(dumu) mgaz.za x [(x)]

14'       [šil-lat la mi-na]-a-tú iš-lul (ameš) eli(ugu) bābili(eki) u é-sag-gil

15'       [ú-šar-da-a ]r(du]mu)-šú ina kakki(gištukul) qātī(šuii)-šú muḫ-ḫa-šú im-ḫaṣ

16'       [. . .] x be-[lu]-ú-ti-šú a-na parṣī(garza) an-nu-nit-t[u4]

 

Rev.

1          [šar(lugal)] e-lam-mat ālu(uru) iḫ-pe-e šil!-lat rab-ba-a-tu4 iš-lul-m[a]

2          [a-bi-i]k-tuš a-bu-ba-niš iš-kun ma!(text: ZU)-ḫa-zu akkadî(kururiki) gab-bi parakkī(barag)-ši-n[a]

3          [ina išā]ti(iz]i) iq-lu mku-dúr-náḫ-<ḫun>-gá mār(dumu)-šú ina patar(gír) parzilli(an.bar) qabal(murub4) lìb-ba-šu it-ta-k[ip]

4          []l(den) nakir(kúr)-šú il--ma èš-ʾi šarrāni(lugalmeš) lem!(text: PI)-nu-tu bēlē(enmeš) ár-[ni]

5          [paḫ-r]u!-tu ka-mu-tu šá šar(lugal) ilāni(dingirmeš) marduk(damar.utu) i-gu-ug-šú-nu-t[i]

6          [x] x x mar-ṣa-a-tu4i-rat-su-nu ár-rat ú-ṣur-ta-šú-n[u]

7          [x x] x ana na-me-e is-sùn-ni kul-lat-su-nu ana šarri(lugal) bēli(en-i)-ni

8          [šazu(dšà.zu) mu]-de-e lìb-bi ilāni(dingirmeš) ⸢rem-nu-ú marduk(damar.utu) ana zi-kir šumi(mu)-šú

9          [ana bābil]i([ek]i)? u é-sag-gil né-bu ana áš-ri-šú li-(erasure)tur-šú

10        [bēl(den) x (x) ana lìb]-bi-ka liš-kun an-na-a šarru(lugal) bēlu(en)-iá šar4 lik-[r]u-[ub]

11        [. . .] ḫul-šú lìb-ba-šú ilānu(dingirmeš) ad [x x (x)]

12        [. . .] bēl(en) ḫi-ṭu la i-[bar]

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13        [. . .] x (x) [. . .]

14        [. . .] x [. . .]

Translation

Obv.

1'–4'                [. . .] . . . [. . .] city [. . .] his un[just(?) d]eeds [. . .] laughter [. . .] 

5'–9'                [. . .] the gods, progeny of A[nu(?) . . .] the day [. . .] Šamaš, the illuminator     [. . .] the lord of lords, Marduk, in the steadfastness of his heart, [. . .] the circumference of the entire (earth). The sovereign who did not provide [for Esagila – his son] felled him with weapons.

9'–13'              Tukultī-Ninurta son of Arad-Esagil carried off cou[ntless plunder and had] waters [flow] over Babylon and Esagila. His son, with his own hands, slaughtered him with weapons like a sheep. [His palace] he burned with fire, he cut down old and young with weapons.

13'–16'            "The evil offspring" (Sennacherib) son of "the slain one" (Sargon II) [. . .] carried off cou[ntless plunder and had] waters [flow] over Babylon and Esagila. His son, with his own hands, smashed his head with weapons. [. . .] his lordship for sake of the cultic rites of Annunītu.

 

Rev.

1–3                  [The king] of Elam demolished the city (Babylon) and carried off a large amount of plunder. He inflicted its [defe]at like the flood. He burned [with fir]e all the cult centers of Akkad (and) their sanctuaries. Kutir-naḫḫunte – his son pierced his heart inside his (body) with an iron sword.

4–7                  [Bē]l snatched away and sought out the wicked kings, the ev[il]doers. [Assem]bled (together), bound – (all) those at whom Marduk, king of the gods, was angry – [. . .] (with) illnesses, their breast was convulsed, thei[r] plans [. . .]. All of them withdrew to the steppe before the king our lord.

8–9                  [Šazu, the one who k]nows the hearts of the gods, the merciful one, Marduk – at the inviocation of his name may he return shiningly [to Babyl]on (and) Esagila!

10–12              [May Bēl] put this [in] your heart! The king, our lord – may the king bl[ess] [. . .] . . . his heart (may) the gods [. . .]. A sinner will not [endure].

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13–14              (Traces of the colophon)

Vocabulary

WordTranslationLine
abiktum defeat rev. [2]
abūbāniš like a flood rev. 2
agāgum (v.) to be(come) furious rev. 5
Akkadûm GN rev. 2
ālum village, town, city obv. 2', rev. 1
ana to, for obv. 16', rev. 6, 7, 8, [9], 9, [10]
annûm this rev. 10
Annunītum DN obv. 16'
Anum DN obv. 5'
Arad-Esagil PN obv. 9'
arārum (v.) to be convulsed rev. 6
arnum guilt, fault, penalty rev. 4
aslum ram, sheep obv. 11'
ašrum place, site, where rev. 9
Bābili GN obv. 10', 14', rev. [9]
bârum (v.) to appear, turn up, be durable rev. [12];
Bēl DN rev. 4, [10];
bēlum lord, proprietor (of) obv. 7' (x2), rev. 4, 7, 10, 12
bēlūtum rule, domination, lordship obv. 16'
ēkallum palace obv. [12']
Elamtum, Elammia GN rev. 1
eli on, over, above, concerning obv. 10', 14'
epištum deed, action obv. 3'
Esagil TN obv. 9', 10', 14', rev. 9
gabbu totality, all rev. 2
Gazza RN obv. 13'
ḫepûm (v.) to break, ruin, crack, crush, destroy rev. 1
ḫīṭum error, lack, crime rev. 12
ilum god obv. 5', rev. 5, 8, 11
ina in, on, by, from obv. 7', 9', 11', [12'], 12', 15', rev. [3], 3
irtum breast, chest rev. 6
išātum fire obv. 12', rev. [3]
kakkum stick, weapon obv. 9', 11', 12', 15'
kalû, kullu all, totality obv. 8'
kamûm bound, defeated rev. 5
karābum (v.) to pray, bless rev. 10
like, how, when, if, that, as obv. 11'
kīnum permanent, true, reliable, loyal obv. [3']
kippatum circle, hoop, ring obv. 8'
Kudur-Naḫḫunte RN rev. 3
kullatum totality, all rev. 7
kunnum fixed, firmly established, loyal obv. 7'
not obv. 3', 8', [10'], [14'], rev. 12
lemnum bad rev. 4
leqûm (v.) to take rev. 4
libbum inner body, heart obv. 7', rev. 3, 8, 10, 11
maḫāṣum (v.) to beat, weave, strike obv. 15'
māḫāzum place of taking, shrine, cultic center rev. 2
malkum prince, king obv. 8'
maqātum (v.) to fall obv. 9'
Marduk DN obv. 7', rev. 5, 8
mārum son, descendant obv. [9'], 9', 11', 13', 15', rev. 3
maruṣtum, maruštum evil, distress rev. 6
minûtum counting, number obv. 10', [14']
water obv. 10', 14'
mūdûm knowing, wise rev. 8
muḫḫum skull, top obv. 15'
munawwirum, munammirum brightening, cheering (person) obv. 6'
nabnītum creation, progeny obv. 5'
nakāpum (v.) to push, thrust, pierce, stab rev. 3
nakrum, nakirum strange, foreign, hostile (person), enemy rev. 4
nawûm, namûm pasturage, steppe rev. 4
nebûm (v.) to shine, sparkle rev. 9
nesûm far, distant rev. 7
paḫārum (v.) to gather rev. 5
parakkum cult dais, sanctuary rev. 2
parṣum office, (cultic) ordinance obv. 16'
parzillum iron rev. 3
patrum sword, dagger rev. 3
qablum hips, middle rev. 3
qalûm (v.) to roast, burn obv. 12', rev. 3
qātum hand, handwriting obv. 11', 15'
rabûm big, great, old, noble, chief rev. 1
redûm (v.) to accompany, lead, drive, proceed obv. [11'], [15']
rēmēnûm, rēmnûm merciful rev. 8
ṣeḫrum small, young, son obv. 12'
ṣūḫum laugh, laughter obv. 4'
ša who(m), which, of obv. 9', rev. 1, 5, [9]
šakānum (v.) to put, place, lay down, inflict rev. 2, 10
šalālum (v.) to carry off, plunder obv. 10', 14', rev. 1
šallatum, šillatum plundered thing(s), booty obv. [10'], [14'], rev. 1
Šamaš DN obv. 6'
šarrum king, SN rev. [1], 4, 5, 7, 10 (x2)
Šazu DN rev. [8]
šeʾûm (v.) to seek (out) rev. 4
šībum old (person), elder obv. 12'
šumum name, repute, fame, son, line of text rev. 8
târum (v.) to turn, return, (D) bring, send, give back, restore rev. 9
Tudḫula RN obv. 13'
Tukultī-Ninurta RN obv. 9'
ṭabāḫum (v.) to slaughter obv. 11'
u and obv. 10', 12', 14', rev. 9
ūmum day, time obv. 6'
uṣurtum drawing, plan, ordinance, regulation rev. 6
zāninum provisioner obv. 8'
zikrum utterance, name, speech rev. 8
Revision History
14/03/20