CDLI Literary 000510, ex. 001 (P346187)

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 Rim-Sin C (witness) Prayer to An for Rim-Sin)






1. sipa mu pa3-da an ku3-ge nam gal an-na tar
 en: Shepherd nominated by holy An, (for whom) a great fate was determined in heaven
2. {d}ri-im-{d}suen mu pa3-da an ku3-ge nam gal an-na tar
 en: Rīm-Sîn, nominated by holy An, (for who) a great fate was determined in heaven
3. nun sza3 zi-ta nam-lugal-la mu-un-sa2
 en: The ruler has attained/met (the demands of)(?) the kingship from (the moment he emerged from) the fertile womb
4. nam-men ug3 szar2-ra-sze3 gal-le-esz kikken2-<me>-en
 en: You are the one who(?) continually executes/pursues(?) the en-ship greatly on behalf of the many people
5. larsa{ki}-ma kur sze21 me nam-nun-na de2-a
 en: In larsa, ... mountain that fashions(?) the cosmic power of rulership
6. nam-sipa ki-en-gi ki-uri-sze3 zi-de3-esz2 pa3-da-me-en
 en: You have been faithfully chosen for the shepherdship of Sumer and Akkad
7. an gal mah an-ki-a en nig2-nam gal-zu
 en: Great An, supreme one of the universe, lord who is wise (in) everything
8. a-a dingir-re-e-ne nam tar-tar-re-de3 ki-bi-sze3 igi gar
 en: Father of the gods who looks to determine fate on behalf of its place
9. du11-ga dugud inim-bi nu-u5-ge
 en: (Whose) command is weighty, his(!?) word cannot be replied to(?)
10. 1(u) an-sza3-ga sikil-la DU gal2
 en: ... in the holy midst of heaven
  with line tally 10
11. nun {d}ri-im-{d}suen sipa sza3-ge e3-a-de3-me-en!(|DISZ.MAH|)?
 en: Ruler Rīm-Sîn, you are the shepherd who is to come out in the midst (of the people)(?)/make (his) intentions clear(?)
12. an gal-e sza3 ki ag2-a-ni dalla hu-mu-ra-in-e3
 en: And therefore great An made his loving heart shine for you
13. nig2-si-sa2-zu-sze3 gu3 zi-de3-esz2 hu-mu-ra-ab-de
 en: Because of your justice, he(!) spoke faithfully to you
14. an-sza3-ge su3-ra2 u4 nam-ti-zu hu-mu-ra-ab-diri-ga
 en: In(?) the distant midst of heaven, the days of your life shall be made surpassing for you
15. nam-lugal kur nig2-dagal-la u4 su3-ra2-sze3 hu-mu-ra-ab-mah
 en: Kingship of the vast land has been made supreme for you for a long time
16. ka ku3-ga-ne-ne-a nam nam-ti-la hu-mu-ra-ab-tar
 en: In their holy mouths a fate of life has been decided for you
17. du11-ga nig2-nam nu-kur2-da zi su3-ra2 hu-mu-ra-ab-tah
 en: With(?) the utterance from which nothing is to be changed a long life shall be added for you
18. aga ku3-ge sag-za-a he2-ni-ib-ge-en
 en: The holy crown shall be firm upon your head
19. {gesz}gu-za nam-ti-la-ka gal-bi hu-mu-ra-ab-tusz
 en: The throne of life shall be seated down(!?) greatly for you
20. u3-luh nig2-si-sa2 szu-zu-sze3 hu-mu-ra-ab-si
 en: The uluh scepter shall be given over to your hand
21. eszkiri2 kalam ge-en-ge-en sux(ZU)-zu-a he2-bi-la2
 en: The nose-rope(?) that solidifies the land has been fastened to your flesh(!?)
22. szibir ug3 lu-a hu-mu-ra-ab-LU?
 en: The staff shall seize/pasture(?) the teeming people for you
23. ubur an su3-ag2 gal2 hu-mu-ra-ab-tak4 szegx(|IM.A|) an-na hu-mu-ra-ab-szeg3
 en: The breast of shining heaven shall be opened for you, the rain of heaven shall be poured for you
24. mu ma!-da u4 nam#-he2# an-sza3-he2#? za3# hu-mu-ra-ab-kesz2
 en: A year of abundance and a day of plenty shall be arrayed(?) ... the midst of heaven(!?) for you
25. iti7 nig2#? giri17#-zal sza3# hul2-la u4-zu-sze3 hu-mu-ra-ab-gar
 en: A month/moonlight(?), that of joy and rejoicing, shall be established for you on behalf of your days/time
1. bala nig2-du10 nig2-si-<sa2>-e? diri szu-zu-sze3 hu-mu-ra-ab-gar
 en: A good reign, surpassing in justice(?), shall be placed at your disposal
2. an gal-e su3-ra2-sze3 a2-bad-gal2 nam-lugal-la-zu he2-a
 en: Great An protecting you profoundly, this shall be (what characterizes) your kingship
3. {d}ri-im-{d}suen lugal-gu10
 en: Rīm-Sîn, my king
  double ruling
4. 2(u) 8(disz) mu-ni
 en: 28 (are) its lines
5. szud3-de3 an
 en: šude prayer of An
  blank space

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 Rim-Sin C (witness) Prayer to An for Rim-Sin)
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: UET 6, 0102

    [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 07745
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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 15:50:51 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-01 at 14:34:08 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:59 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2014-02-28 at 09:07:25 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2011-07-19 at 12:11:14 Dahl, Jacob L. Atf Dahl, Jacob L. 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 000510 (Rim-Sin C) composite (P481131) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000510, Ex. 001 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 28, 2023.
CDLI Literary 000510, ex. 001 artifact entry (No. P346187). (2023, June 28). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000510, ex. 001 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: June 15, 2024).
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DA  - 2023/6/28/
PY  - 2023
ID  - P346187
LB  - CDLI:P346187
M1  - 2024/6/15/
TI  - CDLI Literary 000510, ex. 001 artifact entry
UR  -
ER  - 
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