CDLI Literary 000799, ex. 006 (P254856)

Mathematical tablet excavated in Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar), dated to the Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) period and now kept in British Museum, London, UK

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Museum Collection(s)

British Museum, London, UK

Museum Number

BM —

Period

Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

Provenience

Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

Artifact Type

Tablet

Material(s)

Clay

Genre / Subgenre(s)

Scholarly or scientific > Mathematical, Literary > Wisdom or proverb (ETCSL 6.01.05 Proverbs Collection 05 (witness) calc., proverb)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
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1. ur#-mah-e szah2 gesz-gi4# in#-dab5#?
 en: A lion caught a marsh boar
2. gu3# mu-ra-ra-ra en-na-bi-sze3
3. uzu-zu ka-gu10 nu-ub-si
 en: He shouted “How much longer will your flesh not fill my mouth?”
4. za-pa-ag2-zu gesztux(|GISZ.TUG2|)#-gu10
5. ulu3{+lu}-un e#-[sze]
 en: (So that(?)) my ears can forget(?) your squeal
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reverse
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  (numerical notations)

Consult previous versions and their differences
Consult sign list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)
Consult word list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • history: Alster Proverbs, Proverbs 119 M

    [AlsterProverbs1997] Alster, Bendt. 1997. Proverbs of Ancient Sumer: The World’s Earliest Proverb Collection.

  • history: UET 6, 0211

    [Gadd1963] Gadd, Cyril J., and Aaron Shaffer. 1963, 1966.

  • history: OECT 14, fig. A.5.7

    [Robson1999OECT14] Robson, Eleanor. 1999. Mesopotamian Mathematics, 2100-1600 BC. Technical Constants in Bureaucracy and Education. Oxford Editions of Cuneiform Texts, Vol. 14. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

  • history: AOAT 297 (pp. 325-365), 356

    [Robson2002AOAT297] Robson, Eleanor. 2002. “More than Metrology: Mathematics Education in an Old Babylonian Scribal School.” In Under One Sky - Astronomy and Mathematics in the Ancient Near East, edited by Annette Imhausen, 297:325–65. Alter Orient Und Altes Testament.

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 17207.112
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-06-26 at 19:03:36 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2023-06-15 at 19:55:18 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-06-12 at 10:23:06 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2014-08-18 at 14:30:04 Englund, Robert K. Atf Firth, Richard CDLI approved View
2005-02-01 at 00:00:00 CDLI Artifact Friberg, Jöran; Guerra, Dylan; Middeke-Conlin, Robert; Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000799, Ex. 006 Artifact Entry.” (2005) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 26, 2024. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P254856.
CDLI Literary 000799, ex. 006 artifact entry (No. P254856). (2024, June 26). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P254856 (Original work published 2005)
CDLI Literary 000799, ex. 006 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P254856 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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