CDLI Literary 000396, ex. 011 (P346165)

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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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)

Literary (ETCSL 2.04.02.02 Šulgi B (witness) Shulgi B)

Language(s)

Sumerian

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Witness

tablet
obverse
  beginning broken
1'. [... {d}]nisaba#-ke4
 en: The beautiful Nanibgal, Nisaba
2'. [...] gizzal#-la szu dagal ma-ni-in-du11
 en: Gave wisdom and intelligence generously to me
3'. [...] gal2# tak4#-a nig2-e nu-dab-be2-me-en
 en: I am experienced scribe who does not ignore (lit. pass by) anything
4'. sa# nemur-gin7 zi-ga-gu10-ne
 en: When I rose as (if possessing) the musculature of a leopard
5'. {ansze}ni-is-kum kasz4 kal-ga di-ga2
 en: When I galloped mightily like a nisku equid
6'. sza3 an-na-ke4 hul2-la ma-ab-de6
 en: The heart of An brought rejoicing for me
7'. a-la-ga2 {d}en-lil2-le gu3 zi ma-ni-in-de2
 en: In my happiness Enlil spoke truthfully to me
8'. nam-si-sa2-gu10-usz gidri ma-an-szum2-mu-usz
 en: They gave me a scepter because of my justice
9'. gu2 kur-kur-ra-ke4 giri3 ba-da-gub
 en: (I) was able to step on the neck of the lands
10'. {gesz}tukul-ga2 mu-bi sig-sze3 mu-un-gal2
 en: ... put the fame of my weapon to the Lowland
11'. aga-kar2 si-ga-gu10-u8 igi-nim-sze3 mu-un-gal2
 en: ... put (news of) my conquests to the highland
12'. me3# szen-szen-na um-ta-ab-e3-en
 en: After I go out(?) into combat and battle
13'. [...] ib2# du11-ga {d}en-lil2-la2-sze3
 en: To the place that Enil has grown angry (at) (?)
14'. [...]-gu10#-u8 igi-sze3 ba-du-un
 en: I go at the front of(?) my troops
reverse
1. [...]-sza3# ba#-ab-zalag-ge-en
 en: I illuminate the area (lit. field) that I see
2. ga2#-e#-me#-en# {gesz#}tukul#-la# a-la mu-un-ga2-ga2-an
 en: It is I who puts passion into the weapon
3. {uruda}szukur {uruda}ma-sa-tum a-ba-da-ab-gal2-le-en-na
 en: I am in possession of the spear and the masatum weapon
4. {kusz}da-lu-usz2-a a2-sig3-ge-bi mu-zu
 en: (I) know the slingstone of the sling (i.e., how to load it?)
5. im-du-ug im-lag hul sag3-ga-gu10-u8
 en: My discharged(?) destructive clay bullets and pellets
6. mir ni2 gal2-la-gin7 dal-le-da-bi
 en: The ones that are to fly like an aura bearing(?) northern storm
7. sza3 dab-ba-gu10-u8 li-bi2-ib-dab-be2-en
 en: In(?) my anger I do not let them pass (their mark?)
8. ni2 zi-ir kur-re ba-ab-szum2-mu-un
 en: I give fear and distress(?) to(?) the (enemy) land
9. 1(u) szesz gu5-li-gu10 sul {d}utu-am3
 en: My brother and friend, who is the youth Utu
  with line tally 10
10. ki zi-sza3-gal2-la-ka igi mu-na-ni-duh
 en: I looked to him in a place of encouragement/vitality
11. {d}szul-gi-me-en dalla-bi-a inim mu-da-ab-be2-en
 en: I am Shulgi, I speak a word with him openly
12. dingir# igi sa6 me3-ga2-kam
 en: He is the beautiful-faced god of my battle
13. [... {d}]utu# [...] szesz#?-ra ki ag2 {d}lamma {gesz}tukul-ga2-kam
 en: The youth Utu who makes a brother love a brother(?) is the protective spirit of my weapon
14. [...]-mu#-un-kal-la#-ge# la ga14-mu-un-ne3#?-e
 en: Because of his word I will be strong(?), I will be mighty(?) ...
15. [...]-e3#
 en: Utu comes out for me in the combat of battle(?)
  rest broken

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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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 2.04.02.02 Šulgi B (witness) Shulgi B)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0080

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

  • history: Castellino Two Shulgi Hymns p. 27

    [sec87677] N.d.

  • Composite No.:
  • Museum No.: BM —
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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16850
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2023-06-28 at 23:15:35 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Hafford, William B.; Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2023-06-15 at 20:34:30 Rattenborg, Rune Artifact Rattenborg, Rune Geomapping Landscapes of Writing Rattenborg, Rune approved View
2019-06-11 at 16:36:04 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 11:11:04 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. 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 000396 (Shulgi B) composite (P469698) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000396, Ex. 011 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346165.
CDLI Literary 000396, ex. 011 artifact entry (No. P346165). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346165 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000396, ex. 011 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346165 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	month = {jun 28},
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	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346165},
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