CDLI Literary 000379, ex. 021 (P346220)

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

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 2.02.02 Lament for Ur (witness))

Language(s)

Sumerian

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tablet
obverse
column 1
1. tur3-a-na musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz#-a-na [...]
 en: He has ceased in the cattlepen, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
2. am-e tur3-a-na musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na#!? [...]
 en: The wild bull has ceased in the cattlepen, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
3. u3-mu-un kur-kur-ra-ke4 musz3 mi-ni-in#-ga# [...]
 en: The lord of the lands has ceased there, an empty wind (is set) in his sheepfold
4. {d}mu-ul-lil2-le esz3-e# nibru{ki} musz3 mi-ni-in-ga# amasz#-a#-na# lil2#-le#
 en: Enlil has ceased in shrine Nippur, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
5. dam-a-ni {d}nin-lil2-le musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: His spouse Ninlil has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
6. nin kesz3{ki}-a-ke4 musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: The lady of Keš has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
7. ga-sza-an-mah-e e2-bi# kesz3{ki}-a musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Ninmah has ceased in the temple in Keš, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
8. mu-lu i3-si-in{ki}-na-ke4 musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: The one of Isin has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
9. {d}ga-sza-an-i3-si-in{ki}-na#-ke4# esz3 e2-gal-mah-a musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz#-a-na# lil2-le
 en: NinIsina has ceased in shrine Egalmah, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
10. nin ki unu{ki}-ga-ke4 musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: The lady of the region of Uruk has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
11. {d}ga-sza-an-an-na-ke4#? e2-bi ki unu{ki}-ga-ke4 musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Inanna has ceased in the temple in the region of Uruk, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
12. {d}nanna esz3 uri2{ki}-ma musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz#-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Nanna has ceased in shrine Urim, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
13. {d}suen-e e2-kisz-nu-gal2 musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz#-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Suen has ceased in the Ekišnugal temple, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
14. dam#-a-ni {d}ga-sza-an-gal-e musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: His spouse Ningal has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
15. {d}ga-sza-an-gal-e agrun!-ku3-ga musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Ningal has ceased in her holy cella, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
16. dam iri-ze2-ba{ki}-ke4# musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: The wild bull of Eridu has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
17. dam-an-ki e2 iri-ze2-ba#?-ke4 musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Enki has ceased in the temple of Eridu, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
18. {d}szara2 e2-mah#-a musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Šara has ceased in the Emah temple, an empty wind (is set?) in his sheepfold
19. {d}u4-sahar#-ra e2-bi umma{ki}-a musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le
 en: Usaḫara has ceased in the temple in Umma, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
20. {d}ba-ba6 iri-ku3-ga musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a-na# lil2-le#
 en: Baba has ceased in the Irikug precinct, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
21. de4-du11 amax(|E2xSAL|)-na musz3 mi-ni-in-ga amasz-a#-na# [lil2-le]
 en: She has ceased the Eduga(!?), her chamber, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
22. ama-ni {d}ab-ba-u2# musz3 mi-ni-in#-ga# amasz#-[a-na lil2-le]
 en: Her mother, Abba'u, has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
23. {d}ab-ba-u2 ma2-gu2-[...]
 en: Abba'u has ceased in the Maguena shrine, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
24. {d}lamma e2-e#-[...]
 en: The protective lamma spirit of the temple has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
25. {d}lamma-re# [...]
 en: The protective lamma spirit has ceased in the Etarsirsir temple, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
26. um#?-[...]
 en: The matron of lagaš has ceased there, an empty wind (is set?) in her sheepfold
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column 2
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1'. uru2#? [...]
 en: City, your walls may (still) be upright/may be “those of encircling"(?), but your land is finished to my/your detriment(?)
2'. uru2#-[...]
 en: My city, like a fecund ewe, your lamb is finished to my detriment(?)
3'. uri2#[{ki} ...]
 en: Urim, like a fecund goat, your kid is finished to my detriment(?)
4'. uru2 garza#-[...]
 en: City, your rites are changed to my detriment(?)
5'. me-zu me [...]
 en: Your ordinances have been changed into strange ordinances
6'. a-sze-er gig-ga# [...]
 en: The lament is bitter, your great lady (Ningal), who weeps, how long will it exhaust her?
7'. a-sze-er gig-ga x [...]
 en: The lament is bitter, Nanna, who weeps, how long will it exhaust him?
8'. ki-[ru-gu2 ...]
 en: It is the 2nd kirugu
9'. uru2 zi gul-la#-ni#? [...]
 en: When ... destroys the true city, the lament is bitter
10'. uri2{ki#} gul#-la#?-[ni ...]
 en: When ... destroys Urim, the lament is bitter
11'. gesz-gi4#?-[...]
 en: It is the gešgigal “response”
12'. nin-bi iri#? hul#-a-ta iri#?-[...]
 en: The lady, after the city was destroyed, her city initiated a lament along with her(?)
13'. {d}nin-gal lu2 ka-na#?-[...]
 en: Ningal, whose land was finished to her detriment(?)
14'. uri2{ki} a-sze-[...]
 en: (The former inhabitants of) Urim join with her at its outside/is exiled with her in lamentation(!?)
15'. munus zi nin iri-[...]
 en: The true woman, the lady who is to exhaust herself on behalf of her city
16'. {d}nin#-gal# ka#?-[...]
 en: Ningal, who is not to sleep on behalf of her land
17'. e#?-[...]
 en: For her the fate of the city approaches, she weeps bitterly
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reverse
column 1
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1'. x-[...]
 en: After they ordered the obliteration of Urim
2'. ug3-bi ug5-ge#-de3#? [...]
 en: After(?) they ordered(?) the killing of its people
3'. me-e nig2-KA-gu10 mu-un-ne#?-[...]
 en: I, as one who gave my advice(?) to them
4'. me-e uru2-ga2-da he2-en-ga-a-x-[...]
 en: They therefore shall also bind me with my city
5'. uri2{ki}-gu10 ma-da he2-en-ga#-[...]
 en: They therefore shall also bind my Urim with me
6'. an-na du11-ga-a-ni hur# nu!?-kur2#-[...]
 en: The utterance of An(?) is not to be changed ever again(?)
7'. {d}en-lil2-le ka-ta e3-[...]
 en: When Enlil brings forth (words) from his mouth, it is not to be changed
8'. ki-ru-gu2 [...]
 en: It is the 4th kirigu
9'. nin-da uru2-ni ba-an-da-gul#-[...] me-ni [...]
 en: To the detriment of(?) the lady, her city is destroyed, to her detriment her cosmic powers are altered
10'. gesz-gi4-gal2#-[...]
 en: It is its gešgigal “response”
11'. {d}en-lil2-le u4-de3# [...]
 en: Enlil spoke to the storm, and the people wailed
12'. u4 he2-gal2-la# [...]
 en: He deprived the land of days of abundance, and the people wailed
13'. u4 du10 ki-en-[...]
 en: He deprived Sumer of good days, and the people wailed
14'. u4# hul# gal2# [...]
 en: He commanded the malevolent storm, and the people wailed
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column 2
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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 2.02.02 Lament for Ur (witness))
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: UET 6, 0135

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

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  • Provenience: Ur (mod. Tell Muqayyar)
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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
2019-06-11 at 15:37:49 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-11 at 10:17:20 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-06-01 at 14:34:09 Englund, Robert K. Atf Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-19 at 07:44:12 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2011-10-07 at 08:45:27 Wagensonner, Klaus Atf Wagensonner, Klaus 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 000379 (Lament for Ur) composite (P469681) View the score

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000379, Ex. 021 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346220.
CDLI Literary 000379, ex. 021 artifact entry (No. P346220). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346220 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000379, ex. 021 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346220 (Accessed: June 18, 2024).
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	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000379, ex. 021 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346220},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346220},
}

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