CDLI Literary 000782, ex. 062 (P346684)

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 5.06.01 Instructions of Shuruppak (witness) Instructions of Shuruppak)

Language(s)

Sumerian

Measurements

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Witness

tablet
obverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...]-de5
 en: (The resident of?) Šuruppak was instructing his son
2'. [...]-tu#-tu#-ke4
 en: (The resident of?) Šuruppak, the son of Ubartutu
3'. [...]-an#-de5-de5
 en: Was instructing his son Ziusudra
4'. [...] x x x [...] x-x-gu10 na#-dab5
 en: My son, I shall instruct, may (!?) my instruction be seized
5'. na# de5-ga#?-[...] x x szu# nam-bi2#?-ib2-bar-re
 en: One should not forget my instruction
6'. inim# du11#-[...] x-x-x-bala#-e#
 en: One should not transgress (my) spoken word
7'. na de5# [...] gu2#?-zu he2#-em#-szi-ak
 en: The advice of an elder is something precious, one should pay attention to it
8'. dumu engar# x [...]-ra# e pa5-zu im-ma#-ra
 en: One should not pelt the son of a farmer, your dikes and ditches will have been beaten (as a result)(?)
9'. [...] x [...] x [...]-x u3-sar-ra-ka
 en: One should not buy a prostitute, she is one of sharp teeth/a bushy(?) mouth(?)
10'. [...]-TU [...]-x u2 lipisz gig-ga-am3
 en: One should not buy a house-born slave, he is a plant/food that afflicts the innards
11'. [...]-gir15# [...]-x za3 e2-gar8#!?-e in-us2#
 en: One should not buy a corvee laborer, he leans upon the edge of the wall
12'. [...] dur2#-bi-sze3 e2 gal2-gal2-la-am3
 en: One should not buy a female worker of the palace, she is one who constantly put a house to the bottom of the path/order(?)
13'. [...]-e11
 en: After one has brought a slave of the mountain down from the mountain
14'. [...]-an#-de6
 en: After one has brought a man from his unknown location
  rest broken
reverse
  beginning broken
1'. [...] a#-a na#-nam [...]
 en: The older brother should be a father, the older sister should be a mother
2'. [...]-zu#-sze3 gizzal# [...]
 en: You should pay attention to your older brother
3'. [...] gal# ama-zu-sze3 gu2 he2-em-szi-[...]
 en: You should heed an older sister you mother
4'. za#-e igi-zu-ta kin2#!? na-an-[...]
 en: You should not work(?) using your eyes
5'. ka-zu-ta nig2 nam-mu-un-lu#-lu
 en: You should not proliferate things using your mouth
6'. ga2#-la nu-dag-ge e2 dur2#-[...]-un-de6
 en: The one who is not(!) unceasing (in action)(!?) brought the house towards the bottom(?)
7'. ninda-e lu2 kur-ra bi2-in#?-e11#-de3
 en: Food(?) brings down a “man of the mountain/netherworld(?)”
8'. lul#-e lu2 bar-ra bi-in#-tum2#-mu
 en: Lying brings the foreigner/stranger
9'. [...]-e# lu2 kur-ra im-ma-ta#?-ab-e11-de3
 en: Food(?) brings down a person from the mountain
10'. [...]-re lugal-bi-ir# amar#? szi-in-ga-u3-tu
 en: The small flood(?) also gives birth to a calf/young for its master
11'. [...]-e# [...] du3#-a szi-hur-re
 en: The great flood(?) designs(?) constructed houses
12'. [...]-du7-du7
 en: ... has optimized his power/equipped himself(?)
13'. [...]-x gig-sze3 im-gar
 en: The very rich man has set the poor man towards sickness(?)
14'. [...] a2#? szu im-du7-du7
 en: The married man has optimized his power/equipped himself(?)
15'. [...] sze-er-tab-ba-asz mu-un-nu2
 en: The unmarried man has laid down towards/in the manner of(?) the fence
16'. [...] e2 sza-ba-ra-an-gul#?-e
 en: The one who is to destroy a house can(!?) (only) destroy a house
17'. [...] lu2 sza-ra-an-zi#-zi#
 en: The one who is to muster a man can(!?) (only) muster a man
18'. [...] lu2 ba-an-dab5#-ba
 en: A man who seizes the tail of a great ox
19'. [...] x ba-da#?-[...]-bala-e
 en: Therefore cannot(!?) cross a river
20'. [...]-re
 en: ...
  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 5.06.01 Instructions of Shuruppak (witness) Instructions of Shuruppak)
  • Language(s): Sumerian


  • history: Alster, Shuruppak, Ur4

    [Alster1974Shuruppak] Alster, Bendt. 1974. The Instructions of Suruppak : A Sumerian Proverb Collection.

  • history: UET 6, 0647

    [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 —
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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
2019-06-12 at 09:43:13 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2019-05-29 at 21:01:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2018-02-11 at 09:30:42 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2015-11-26 at 17:15:55 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2015-11-26 at 17:00:58 Englund, Robert K. Atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2011-10-10 at 07:44:24 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 000782 (Instructions of Shuruppak) composite (P478969) View the score

General Notes: -
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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000782, Ex. 062 Artifact Entry.” (2006) 2023. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). June 15, 2023. https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346684.
CDLI Literary 000782, ex. 062 artifact entry (No. P346684). (2023, June 15). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346684 (Original work published 2006)
CDLI Literary 000782, ex. 062 artifact entry (2023) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346684 (Accessed: July 14, 2024).
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	note = {[Online; accessed 2024-07-14]},
	year = {2023},
	month = {jun 15},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000782, ex. 062 artifact entry},
	url = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346684},
	howpublished = {https://cdli.ucla.edu/P346684},
}

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