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Letters from Priests to the Kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal

Steven Cole and Peter Machinist

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ISBN: 978-1-57506-329-4

256 pages
7" × 10"
1998

State Archives of Assyria

Letters from Priests to the Kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal

Steven Cole and Peter Machinist

The letters edited in this volume represent the correspondence of various priests and high temple officials in the Assyrian realm during the third through fifth decades of the seventh century BC. They consist chiefly of reports to Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal about cultic concerns and matters connected with the construction and renovation of temple edifices in the major cities of the Assyrian empire, both in the heartland and in the provinces. These fascinating letters throw light on the buildings, refurbishment, and maintenance of temples, the fashioning and installation of statues of the king, the provisioning of the cult, the performance of sacrifices, the rite of sacred marriage, and the processions of divine images.

 

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The letters edited in this volume represent the correspondence of various priests and high temple officials in the Assyrian realm during the third through fifth decades of the seventh century BC. They consist chiefly of reports to Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal about cultic concerns and matters connected with the construction and renovation of temple edifices in the major cities of the Assyrian empire, both in the heartland and in the provinces. These fascinating letters throw light on the buildings, refurbishment, and maintenance of temples, the fashioning and installation of statues of the king, the provisioning of the cult, the performance of sacrifices, the rite of sacred marriage, and the processions of divine images.

INTRODUCTION

TRANSLITERATIONS AND TRANSLATIONS

Royal Letters

Letters from the King

Letters from Assur

Marduk-sallim-ahhe, Scribe of the Assur Temple

Dadi

Sin-na di, Mayor of Assur

Varia

Letters from Calah

Urdu-Nabu

Nergal-sarrani

Nabu-sumu-iddina/Nadinu, “Inspector” of the Nabu Temple

Varia

Letters from Arbela

Assur-hamatu’a

Varia

Letters from Nineveh

Varia

Letters from Babylon

Urbu-ahhesu

Rasil and Suma-iddin

Letters from Various Locations

Letters from Kurba’il, Harran, Kilizi, etc.

Unassigned and Unattributed Letters

GLOSSARY AND INDICES

Logograms and Their Readings

Glossary

Index of Names

Subject Index

List of Text Headings

Index of Texts

List of New Joins

List of Illustrations

COLLATIONS

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