CDLI Literary 000395, ex. 017 (P346164)

Literary 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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British Museum, London, UK

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BM —


Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

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Literary (ETCSL Šulgi A ('Decad no. 01') (witness))





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1. a2 sed4-de3-[...]
 en: Therefore shall relax towards its “cool side”
2. [...] har-ra-an-na DU#? [...]
 en: The male going on the road who (otherwise) spends the night on the road
3. [...] du3-a-ni-gin7 zi#-[...]-tum3
 en: Therefore has taken refuge there as if it was his built city
4. mu#-gu10 ul-asz-am3 ga2-ga2#-de3# ka-ta nu#-szub-bu-de3
 en: So that my name is established to distant time, so that it is not dropped by/from the mouth
5. ar2-gu10 kalam-ma ke3#?-ke3#-de3
 en: So that my praise is performed in the land
6. dub3-tuku-me-en usu#-gu10# i-im-zi-ge-en x-[...] x di-dam
 en: I am possessed of speed, I muster up my strength so that (my) running is tested
7. nibru{ki}-ta#? [...] uri2#{ki}-ma-sze3!
 en: From Nibru to the brickwork of Urim
8. danna{+na} asz-gin7# szu ni10-ni10-ta sza3-gu10 ha-ba-ab-du7
 en: Therefore my heart resolved to make the round trip as if (the journey) was one double-hour
9. pirig nam-sul-bi-ta nu-kusz2#-u3 ni2#?-x gub-ba-me-en
 en: A pirig creature not tiring by means of its youth, I am one who stands by itself(?)
10. {tug2}nig2-lam2 banda3{+da}-ga2 ib2-ga2 ba-ab-du11
 en: My little niglam garment was suitable on my hips(?)
11. tum12{muszen} NIR-DU sumur-bi dal-a-gin7 a2-gu10 hu-mu-un-su13-su13
 en: Like a ... wild dove flying furiously, I pumped my arms
12. [{d}]anzu2#{muszen} kur-bi-sze3 igi il2-la-gin7 dub3-gu10 hu-mu-un-bad-bad
 en: Therefore, like the Anzud bird raising its eye towards its mountain, I spread my knees apart (in stride)
13. [...]-ra#?-gu10#? [...]-ma#?-sug2#-sug2#?-ge-esz-am3
 en: Therefore the cities of the land that I founded stood for me
14. [...]-gig2#-ga u8-gin7 lu!?-a-gu10 [...] du10 ha-ma-ab-du11
 en: Therefore my black-headed people, teeming like ewes, look to me sweetly
1. [...]-bi#-sze3 hub2 sar-sar-re-gin7
 en: Like a goat of the mountain range that is running to its dwelling(?)
2. [...] u4 dagal#-la
 en: (As?) Utu, broadening the daylight upon the settlements
3. [...]-la#?-sze3! ha-ba-an-ku4-re
 en: Therefore I(?) was entering the Ekišnugal temple
4. [...] tur3#? i3! gal-gal-la [he2]-gal2#-la# he2-bi2-ib-si
 en: Therefore the temple of Suen, the cattlepen (of) great amounts of butter(?) was filled with abundance
5. [... ha]-ba#-ni#-gaz udu#? ha-di?-ni-szum
 en: Therefore bulls were slaughtered there, sheep were slaughtered there
6. [...] kusz# la2-la2 szeg10#? ha-ba-gi4
 en: Therefore the šem and ala drums resounded
7. tigi# nig2-du10-ge si ha-ba-sa2
 en: Therefore the tigi drum, the good thing, functioned properly there
8. {d#}sul-gi lu2 NIG2 lu-lu-a-me-en ninda gesz ha-ba-ni-tag
 en: I am Shulgi, the one who makes anything/food(?) numerous and therefore I(?) offered food (offerings) there
9. pirig-gin7 ki-lugal-DU-ta ni2 il2-la-gu10-ne
 en: When I roused myself from the ... cultic area like a pirig creature
10. e2-gal-mah {d}nin-e2-gal-la-kam
 en: It was in the Egalmah temple of Ninegala
11. dub3 he2-ni-dub2 a zal!-le he2-ni-tu5
 en: Therefore (I?) relaxed(?) there, (I?) bathed there with flowing water
12. dub3 he2-ni-gurum ninda hu-mu-ni-gu7
 en: Therefore (I?) bend the knee there and ate food there
13. {d}nin-ninna2 sur2-du3{muszen}-gin7 ha-ba-zi-ge-en
 en: Therefore I was arising like a harrier and a falcon
14. nibru{ki}-sze3! a-la-ga2 ha-DI-ku4-re
 en: Therefore I(!?) was returning(?) towards Nibru in my exuberance
15. u4-ba-a u4-de3 gu4 he2-eb-be2 mar-rux(TE) he2-ni10-ni10
 en: At that time the storm therefore shouted, the stormwind circled
16. mir-mir!-re# {tu15}ulu3{+lu} murum-bi ni2-bi-a hu#-mu-un-sza4
 en: Therefore the north(?) and south winds howled by themselves
17. nim gir2-gir2-re tu15 imin!-bi-ta# an!-na tesz2 he2-ni-gu7#
 en: Therefore flashing lighting wreaked havoc in heaven together with the seven winds
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Consult word list of Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)

  • Artifact type: Tablet
  • Material: Clay
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  • This artifact is composed of fragments.
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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL Šulgi A ('Decad no. 01') (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: UET 6, 0079

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

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  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16879G
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-06-15 at 20:34:30 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-06-01 at 14:34:09 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:02:01 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2006-11-02 at 00:00:00 CDLI Artifact Foxvog, Daniel A.; Guerra, Dylan; Peterson, Jeremiah; Veldhuis, Niek; Wolfe, Jared N. CDLI approved View

This artifact is a witness to the following composite(s):

Composite Score
CDLI Literary 000395 (Shulgi A) composite (P469697) View the score

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CDLI Notes:

P346164 leadP346164 lead

Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000395, Ex. 017 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023.
CDLI Literary 000395, ex. 017 artifact entry (No. P346164). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000395, ex. 017 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000395, ex. 017 artifact entry},
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DA  - 2023/6/15/
PY  - 2023
ID  - P346164
LB  - CDLI:P346164
M1  - 2024/6/18/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000395, ex. 017 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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