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Uruk list of kings and sages



Transliterated text :   BagM Beih._02,089
CDLI number :   P363353
Provenance :   Uruk
Seleucid date:   SE.147.02.10
Julian date:   May 165 B.C.
Language:   Akkadian
Translated by:   A.Lenzi

For full discussion of this document in its Hellenistic context, see Adam Lenzi, "The Uruk List of Kings and Sages and late Mesopotamian Scholarship", JANER (2008). He suggests that "Nikarchos", who is named at the end of the list, is the same man who appears in Q.004181, as the sponsor of building work in 244 B.C.


During the reign of Ayalu, the king, Adapa was sage.

During the reign of Alalgar, the king, Uanduga was sage.

During the reign of Ameluana, the king, Enmeduga was sage.

During the reign of Amegalana, the king, Enmegalama was sage.

During the reign of Enmeušumgalana, the king, Enmebuluga was sage.

During the reign of Dumuzi, the shepherd, the king, Anenlilda was sage.

During the reign of Enmeduranki, the king, Utuabzu was sage.

After the flood, (?) during the reign of Enmerkar, the king, Nungalpirigal was sage, whom Ištar brought down from heaven to Eana. He made the bronze lyre, whose . . . were lapis lazuli, according to the technique of Ninagal. The lyre was placed before Anu . . ., the dwelling of his personal god.

During the reign of Gilgamesh, the king, (?) Sin-leqi-unnini was scholar.

During the reign of Ibbi-Sin, the king, Kabti-ili-Marduk was scholar.

During the reign of Išbi-Erra, the king, Sidu, a.k.a. Enlil-ibni, was scholar.

During the reign of Abi-ešuḫ, the king, Gimil-Gula and Taqiš-Gula were the scholars.

During the reign of . . ., the king, Esagil-kin-apli was scholar.

During the reign of Adad-apla-iddina, the king, Esagil-kin-ubba was scholar.

During the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, the king, Esagil-kin-ubba was scholar.

During the reign of Esarhaddon, the king, Aba-Enlil-dari was scholar, whom the Arameans call Ahiqar.

. . . Nikarchos.

Tablet of Anu-belšunu, son of Nidintu-Anu, descendant of Sin-leqiunnini, the lamentation-priest of Anu and Antu. An Urukean.

Copied by his own hand. Uruk, 10 Ayyar, 147th year of Antiochus, the king. The one who reveres Anu will not carry it off.


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