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The Royal Inscriptions of Amēl-Marduk (561–560 BC), Neriglissar (559–556 BC), and Nabonidus (555–539 BC), Kings of Babylon

Frauke Weiershäuser and Jamie Novotny

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2020

Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Babylonian Empire

The Royal Inscriptions of Amēl-Marduk (561–560 BC), Neriglissar (559–556 BC), and Nabonidus (555–539 BC), Kings of Babylon

Frauke Weiershäuser and Jamie Novotny

Amēl-Marduk (561–560 BC), Neriglissar (559–556 BC), and Nabonidus (555–539 BC) were the last native kings of Babylon. In this modern scholarly edition of the complete extant corpus of royal inscriptions from each of their reigns, Frauke Weiershäuser and Jamie Novotny provide updated and reliable editions of the texts.

 

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Amēl-Marduk (561–560 BC), Neriglissar (559–556 BC), and Nabonidus (555–539 BC) were the last native kings of Babylon. In this modern scholarly edition of the complete extant corpus of royal inscriptions from each of their reigns, Frauke Weiershäuser and Jamie Novotny provide updated and reliable editions of the texts.

The kings of the Neo-Babylonian Empire left hundreds of official inscriptions on objects such as clay cylinders, bricks, paving stones, vases, and stelae. These writings, ranging from lengthy narratives enumerating the deeds of a monarch to labels identifying a ruler as the builder of a given structure, supplement and inform our understanding of the empire. Beginning with a historical introduction to the reigns of these three kings and the corpus of inscriptions, Weiershäuser and Novotny then present each text with an introduction, a photograph of the inscribed object, the Akkadian text in a newly collated transliteration, an English translation, catalogue data, commentary, and an updated bibliography. Additionally, Weiershäuser and Novotny provide new translations of several related Akkadian texts and chronicles.

Featuring meticulous yet readable transliterations and translations that have been carefully collated with the originals, this book will be the standard edition for scholars and students of Assyriology, the Neo-Babylonian dialect, and the Neo-Babylonian Empire for decades to come.

Frauke Weiershäuser is Tenured Academic Researcher of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She is the primary author on the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (RINBE) project and author of Die königlichen Frauen der III. Dynastie von Ur.

Jamie Novotny is Tenured Academic Researcher of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Codirector of the Munich Open-Access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative, and Editor-in-Chief of the RINBE project. He is the author, editor, or coauthor of several books, including The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal (668–631 BC), Assur-etal-ilani (630–627 BC), and Sin-sarra-iskun (626–612 BC), Kings of Assyria: Part I, also published by Eisenbrauns.

Contents

List of Figures

Contents of Scores

Directors’ Foreword

Foreword from the Director of the Vorderasiatisches Museum

Preface

Editorial Notes

Bibliographical Abbreviations

Other Abbreviations

Object Signatures

Introduction

I. Amēl-Marduk

Babylon

Bricks

No. 1 — Brick Inscription (B1)

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Paving Stone

No. 2 — Paving Stone (PS1)

Stone Vessel

No. 3 — Babylon Vase (V1)

Susa

Stone Vessels

No. 4 — Susa Vase 1 (V2)

No. 5 — Susa Vase 2 (V3)

No. 6 — Susa Vase 3 (V4)

II. Neriglissar

Babylon

Clay Cylinders

No. 1 — Esagil Inscription (C21)

No. 2 — Lībil-ḫegalla Inscription (C22)

No. 3 — Royal Palace Inscription (C23)

Bricks

No. 4 — Brick Inscription (B1)

No. 5 — Brick Inscription (B2)

Sippar

Clay Cylinder

No. 6 — Cylinder Inscription (C022)

Uncertain Provenance (Possibly Borsippa)

Clay Cylinder

No. 7 — Cylinder Inscription (C011)

Susa

Vase

No. 8 — Vase (V1)

III. Nabonidus — Babylonia

Babylon

Clay Cylinders

No. 1 — Imgur-Enlil Cylinder / Cylinder II,1 / Inscription A

No. 2 — Emašdari Cylinder / Cylinder II,3 / Inscription B

Steles

No. 3 — Babylon Stele/ Stele Fragment XI / Inscription 1

No. 4 — Stele Fragments (BE 548+)

Clay Tablet

No. 5 — BM 38770

Paving Stone

No. 6 — Paving Stone U / Inscription H / Nebuchadnezzar II Lb1 2

Bricks

No. 7 — Brick Inscription A I,1 / Inscription C

No. 8 — Brick Inscription AP I,1 / Inscription D

No. 9 — Brick Inscription U / Inscription E

Agade

Clay Cylinders

No. 10 — Eulmaš Cylinder

No. 11 — BE 12586

No. 12 — BE 40133

Borsippa

Clay Cylinder

No. 13 — Ezida Cylinder

Kish

Clay Cylinder

No. 14 — Kish Cylinder

Kissik

Clay Cylinder

No. 15 — Eamaškuga Cylinder / Cylinder II,6 / Inscription 10

Larsa

Clay Cylinder

No. 16 — Larsa Cylinder / Cylinder III,1 / Inscription 9

Stele

No. 17 — Larsa Stele / Fragment 1

Bricks

No. 18 — Brick Inscription Ap I,2 / Inscription 12

Marad

Clay Cylinder

No. 19 — Eigikalama Cylinder / Cylinder II,5 / Inscription 7

Seleucia

Brick

No. 20 — Schaudig, Inschriften Nabonids no. 1.3

Sippar

Clay Cylinders

No. 21 — BM 46600

No. 22 — MMA 86.11.52

No. 23 — Ebabbar Cylinder / Cylinder III,3 / Inscription 11

No. 24 — Ebabbar Cylinder / Cylinder II,9 / Inscription 5

No. 25 — Tiara Cylinder / Cylinder II,8 / Inscription 6

No. 26 — Ebabbar-Ekurra Cylinder / Cylinder II,4, Inscription 8

No. 27 — Cylinder III,4 / Inscription 16

No. 28 — Eḫulḫul Cylinder / Cylinder III,2 / Inscription 15

No. 29 — Eḫulḫul Cylinder (BM 91087)

Tablet

No. 30 — BM 76825

Bricks

No. 31 — Schaudig, Inschriften Nabonids no. 1.1

Ur

Clay Cylinders

No. 32 — Elugalgalgasisa Cylinder / Cylinder II,1 / Inscription 17

No. 33 — Elugalgalgasisa Cylinder (CBS 15617)

No. 34 — En-nigaldi-Nanna Cylinder / Cylinder II,7 / Inscription 2

No. 35 — Ur Cylinder

Stone Door Socket

No. 36 — Door Socket 1 / Inscription 3

Bricks

No. 37 — Brick Inscription B I,2 / Inscription 19

No. 38 — Brick Inscription B I,1 / Inscription 18

No. 39 — Brick Inscription B I,3 / Inscription 4

Uruk

Stele

No. 40 — Uruk Stele

Uncertain Provenance

Clay Cylinders

No. 41 — BM 47814

No. 42 — Da Riva, GMTR 4 p. 131 no. 1c

Stele

No. 43 — Tarif Stele / Stele Fragment 1 / Inscription 14

Clay Tablets

No. 44 — Inscription G

No. 45 — BM 58756

IV. Nabonidus — The Northwest

Ḫarrān

Clay Cylinder

No. 46 — Ḫarrān Cylinder / Fragment 3

Steles

No. 47 — Ḫarrān Stele / Stele Fragments III,1 / Inscription 13

Stone Fragments

No. 48 — Schaudig, Inschriften Nabonids no. 4.5

No. 49 — Schaudig, Inschriften Nabonids no. 4.4

No. 50 — Schaudig, Inschriften Nabonids no. 4.3

Bricks

No. 51 — Fragment 2 (Hr 85/75)

Stone Bowl

No. 52 — SM 899.2.282

Pearl

No. 53 — Pearl Inscription / Inscription F

Padakku

Rock Relief

No. 54 — Padakku Inscription

Selaʾ

Rock Relief

No. 55 — Selaʾ Inscription

Tēmā

Stele

No. 56 — Tēmā Stele

Pedestal

No. 57 — TA 3656 + TA 9208

Stone Fragments

No. 58 — TA 3813

No. 59 — TA 3833

No. 60 — TA 11381

No. 61 — TA 17966

V. Nabonidus — Uncertain Texts

Uncertain Provenance (Possibly Babylon and Borsippa)

Clay Cylinders

No. 1001 — Palace Cylinder / Inscription Z .

No. 1002 — BM 38696

Stele

No. 1003 — VA 3217

Kish

Clay Cylinder

No. 1004 — Cylinder Fragment I,1 / Inscription X

Kissik

Brick

No. 1005 — BM 137452

Sippar

Clay Cylinders

No. 1006 — BM 40076

No. 1007 — BM 40532+

No. 1008 — Stone Wall Cylinder

No. 1009 — Cylinder Fragment I,2 / Inscription Y

No. 1010 — Schaudig, Inschriften Nabonids no. 2.29

Clay Tablet

No. 1011 — BM 76544

VI. Nabonidus — Royal Family

Adad-guppi

Stele

No. 2001 — Adad-guppi Stele

Minor Variants and Comments

Index of Museum Numbers

Index of Excavation Numbers

Index of Names

Concordances of Selected Publications

Scores of Inscriptions (on Oracc)

(a PDF of the scores is available at http://oracc.org/ribo/bab7scores/)

Download a PDF sample chapter here: Introduction