CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 014 (P346196)

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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Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)

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Literary (ETCSL 4.80.01 Temple Hymns (witness) Collection of Temple Hymns)






1. e2# me# ur4# an#!?-na ki-gal-la gub-ba
 en: Temple that gathers up the me of heaven, standing on the platform
2. me# zi#? ur#-sag#-ga2#? bara2-ge nun!-e mu2-a
 en: The true me of the hero(?), grown by the ruler(?) and the prince
3. a2 me3 {gesz}mitum2 tir ma-ru-da ni2 gur3#?
 en: Carrying an aura along with(!?) the weapons of battle (including) the mitum weapon, the bow and the quiver
4. szeg12-gurun nu-silig-ge temen u4 lu-ulu3{+lu}-za
 en: Mighty brickwork that is unceasing, foundation of your storm/day of the southern wind/humanity(!?)
5. en-ul-e gar-ra esz-bar me nun-na-kam
 en: Founded by the (ancestral deity) Enul(?), which was(?) the decision of (i.e., guided by?) the princely cosmic powers
6. iri? gal kur-ra ab-diri sag il2 nun-e-ne
 en: Great city(?) surpassing(?) in the mountain/land, one who holds the head high (among) the rulers
7. e2# mah u6 e3-zu# u4-gin7 musz bara2#?-ge
 en: Supreme temple, your emerging awe spreads (over?) the holy space like daylight
8. e2#-szu-me-sza4 mu-zu {d}en-lil2-le
 en: Ešumeša, Enlil upon your name
9. ni2# husz ma-ra-ni-ri
 en: Has cast a reddish/furious aura
10. nun-zu tu15-e kur-e ur-sag-e ni2 ri za3 dab5-ba
 en: Your ruler, the wind!(?), the mountain, hero, exuding an aura, surpassing
11. ensi2 gal {d}en-lil2-la2
 en: Great ensi official of Enlil
12. nir# an-ki-da za3 szu2-a
 en: Authoritative one who rivals(?) heaven and earth
13. kiszib3-gal2 si-gar a-a {d}en-lil2-la2-ka me nam-gal szu du7
 en: Seal keeper of the bolt of father Enlil, perfecting the cosmic powers of greatness
14. gaba#?-gal2 sag husz ri palil a-a {d}en-lil2-la2
 en: Forceful one, with a head that casts a reddish (aura)(?), foremost one of father Enlil
15. kur gu2-erim2-gal2 mu-na-gul-gul-e
 en: He will destroy the land of the enemy for him
16. sag-kal pirig kur-gal-e tu-da
 en: Foremost one, pirig creature, engendered by the great mountain
17. e2-szu-me-sza4 e2 {d}nin-urta-ke4
 en: Ešumeša, temple of Ninurta
18. musz-za e2 bi2-in-gub
 en: He erected a temple in your sacred space
19. bara2-za dur2 bi2-in-gar
 en: He sat on your dais
  double ruling
20. e2-ga2-du6#-da x sag-ta il2-la#
 en: Egaduda temple, ... raised by(!?) the head
21. men an-edin-na ki ku3 sikil x [...]
 en: Crown of the plain, holy and pure place ...
22. e2# temen-zu dim gal nun-[...]
 en: Temple, your foundation is the great bond of the ruler
23. nin-zu munus dili-e ga2 bara2#-[...]
 en: Your lady, the singular woman occupying the house and(?) dais
1. du6#-sag-dili musz-zu#? [...] ul am3-mi#?-[...]
 en: Dusagdili temple, she gladdens your face/appearance(?) in the cella(?)
2. nun-zu sza3 nu-dab-e#? [...]
 en: Your ruler, who will not grow angry, surpassing in wisdom
3. dumu nun kur-gal-da gu2#? [...]
 en: Princely child, who causes flourishing with the great mountain
4. {d}szu-zi-an-na dam# banda3#[{+da} ...]
 en: Šuziana, junior spouse of Enlil
5. e2-du6-sag-dili [...]
 en: Edusagdili temple, ...
6. musz-za e2 bi2-in-[...]
 en: She erected a temple in your sacred space
7. bara2-za dur2 bi2-in-gar#
 en: She sat on your dais
  double ruling
8. keszx(|SZU2.HI.AN|){ki} uru16 uludinx(|SIG7.NA2|) an-ki
 en: Mighty/exalted(?) Keš, with the features(?) of the universe
9. sza3-tur3 gal-gin7 ni2 ri-a
 en: Exuding an aura like a great šatur snake
10. e2 {d}nin-hur-sag-ga2-ka ki-szurx(SAG)-a du3-a
 en: Temple of Ninhursaga, built/planted(?) in a hole
11. keszx(|SZU2.HI.AN|){ki} aratta{ki} sza3-zu sza3 sig bar-zu al-lil2-la2
 en: Important(?) Keš, your midst is a deep(?) midst, your outside is raised(!?)
12. pirig# gal# x-edin-na GAN x x edin#-na#?
 en: Great pirig creature who ... in the high plain, ... of(?) the plain
13. hur#-sag# gal# mu7-mu7-ta ri-a
 en: Great mountain range laid down by means of noise/incantations
14. sza3 {d}si-an-na sza3 iti6 nu-e3 {d}nin-tur5-ra sag12-ga
 en: (Possessing) an interior of twilight, (from whose) interior moonlight does not escape, beautified(?) by(?) Nintur
15. e2 keszx(|SZU2.HI.AN|){ki} szeg12-zu du8-du8-zu
 en: Temple of Keš, your brickwork, your fashioned(?) brick
16. gi-gun4-na!? musz za-gin3 bar-zu du3-a-za
 en: (Your) temple-terrace, a lapis crown(!?) which is fashioned/planted at(?) your outside(!?)
17. nun-zu nun szeg5-szeg5 egi2-zi gal an-na
 en: Your ruler (is) a “silent ruler,” the great egizid priestess of heaven
18. du11-ga-ni an dub2 ka ba-a-ni u4 te-esz ta
 en: Her command shakes heaven, her utterance (is) a loud(?) storm
19. da-ru-ru nin9 gal {d}en-lil2-la2
 en: Aruru, the elder sister of Enlil
20. e2 keszx(|SZU2.HI.AN|){ki}
 en: Temple of Keš
21. musz#-za e2 bi2-in-gar
 en: She erected(!) a temple in your sacred space
22. bara2-za dur2# bi2-in-gar
 en: She sat on your dais
  double ruling
  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 4.80.01 Temple Hymns (witness) Collection of Temple Hymns)
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: TCS 3, 015

    [Bergmann1969TCS3] Sjöberg, Åke W., and Eugen Bergmann. 1969. The Collection of the Sumerian Temple Hymns. Vol. 3. Texts from Cuneiform Sources. Locust Valley, N.Y.

  • history: UET 6, 0111

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

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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  • Excavation No: U 16829
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2024-06-07 at 10:35:37 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
2024-06-07 at 10:32:26 Firth, Richard Artifact, Other Entity Firth, Richard Firth, Richard approved View
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
2021-09-02 at 17:49:14 Foxvog, Daniel A. Atf Foxvog, Daniel A. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 21:29:31 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
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):

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CDLI Literary 000750 (Temple Hymns) composite (P478950) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000750, Ex. 014 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2024. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 7, 2024.
CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 014 artifact entry (No. P346196). (2024, June 7). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 014 artifact entry (2024) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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PY  - 2024
ID  - P346196
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TI  - CDLI Literary 000750, ex. 014 artifact entry
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