CDLI Literary 000356 (Ningeshzida's Descent) composite (P469663)

Literary artifact dated to the Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) period

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Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)



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Literary (ETCSL 1.07.03 Ningešzida’s Descent (composite))






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1. zi-ga u5-bi2 zi-ga u5-e-de3-en zi-ga u5-bi2
2. i-lu er2-ra sze?-er? dadag-ga ma2-gur8 ri-de3
3. gurusz-me-en {gesz}u3 tug2-gin7 tug2-gin7 ni2-gu10 ba-ra-dul?-me-en
4. ma2-gur8-re gurusz ma2-gur8 ri-da-ni szu gid2-da
5. gurusz {d}da-mu-gu10 ma2-gur8 ri-da-ni szu gid2-da
6. {d}isztaran igi szuba-ke4 ma2-gur8 ri-da-ni szu gid2-de3
7. dal-la u3-mu-un sa-par3-ra ma2-gur8 ri-da-ni szu gid2-de3
8. {d}lugal-szudx(KA)-de3 ma2-gur8 ri-da-ni szu gid2-de3
9. u3-mu-un-mu-zi-da-ke4 ma2-gur8 ri-da-ni szu gid2-de3
10. nin9 ban3-da-a-ni {gesz}u5 ma2-ka szir3-re-esz mu-un-na-ab-be2
11. nin9 gal-a-ni u3 ma2-ka du5 mu-un-na-bad
12. ga-ba-de3-u5 ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
12a. szesz-gu10 ma2-gur8-zu ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz-gu10 ga-ba-de3-u5
12b. ma2-gur8 giri17-zal-la-zu ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz-gu10 ga-ba-de3-u5
13. ma2-sag-ta i-lu gu3 mu-un-na-be2 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
14. ma2-egir-za ga-mu-ra-gaz?-gaz? szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
14a. {gesz}u5 ma2-egir-ra-zu gudug ba-an-tusz i-lu mu-un-dab5-be2
14b. ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz-gu10 ga-ba-de3-u5
15. gurusz {d}da-mu-gu10 ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
16. {d}isztaran igi szuba-ke4 ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
17. dal-la u3-mu-un sa-par3-ra ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
18. {d}lugal-szudx(KA)-de3 ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
18a. {d}lugal-ki-bur2-ra ga-be2-de3-u5 szesz-gu10 da2-de3-u5
19. u3-mu-un-mu-zi-da-ke4 ga-ba-de3-u5 szesz ga-ba-de3-u5
19a. szesz-gu10 ma2-gur8-zu ga-ba-e-de3-u5 szesz-gu10 ga-ba-e-de3-u5
19b. ma2-gur8 giri17-zal-la-zu ga-ba-e-de3-u5 szesz-gu10 ga-ba-e-de3-u5
20. gal5-la2 hul murub4-ba ti-la
21. {d}lugal-ki-sun5-na gu3 mu-un-na-de2-e
22. {d}lugal-ki-sun5-na nin9-zu-sze3 igi bar [...]
23. {d}lugal-ki-sun5-na nin9-sze3 igi bar-ra gu3 mu-un-na-de2-e
24. mu-de3-u5 mu-de3-u5 za-e ta u5-de3
25. nin gal5-la2 mu-de3-u5 za-e ta u5-de3
26. lu2 nig2 ra-ah-ha mu-de3-u5 za-e ta u5-de3
27. lu2 szu du3-gu10 mu-de3-u5 za-e ta u5-de3
28. lu2 a2 la2-gu10 mu-de3-u5 za-e ta u5-de3
29. i7-kur-ra-ke4 a nu-de2 a-bi nu-mu-un-na-na8-na8
30. a-sza3 kur-ra-ke4 sze nu-de2 zid2 nu-mu-un-na-ab-gu7-x
31. udu kur-ra-ke4 siki nu-de2 tug2 nu-mu-un-na-ab-TUKU5-TUKU5
32. ge26-e ama-gu10 i7-gin7 mu-un-ba-al-la2-asz a-gu10 ba-ra-mu-un-nag
33. {gesz}szinig-gin7 a szu-nim ba-ra-mu-un-de2 gissu-gu10 ba-ra-an-KU-KU
34. {gesz}geszimmar-gin7 zu2-lum il2-la-gu10 hi-li-bi nu-ma-ra-KA
35. GAN2-am3 gal5-la2-gu10 mu-de3?-ra-he za-e gu3 bi-ra-ra
36. gesz-szu szu-gu10 im-mi-gar za-e gu3 bi-ra-ra
37. gesz-gu2 gu2-gu10 im-mi-gar za-e gu3 bi-ra-ra
38. {d}ama-szilam-ma {d}nin-gesz-zi-da-ra gu3 mu-un-na-de2-e
39. gal5-la2 sza3 gig-ga ag2 he2-gid2-i ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
40. x x gal5-la2-zu ag2 he2-gid2-i ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
41. [...] szu-gu10 ga-mu-na-ab-x ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
42. [...] szu-gu10 ga-mu-na-ab-x ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
43. {na4}za-gin3 di4-di4-la2 ur2-gu10 ga-mu-na-ab-x ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
44. x {na4}za-gin3-gu10-gin7 ur2-gu10 ga-mu-na-ab-x ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
45. [...] ki ag2-ga2-me-en ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
46. i3-ak-ke2-esz i3-ak-ke2-esz ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
47. szesz-gu10 i3-ak-ke2-esz mah-bi i3-ak-ke2-esz ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
48. szagar ba-an-tuku ninda ma-ra-an-ze2-er ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
49. enmen2 ba-an-tuku a ma-ra-an-ze2-er ki-sze-er-ra ab-tuku-e
50. gal5-la2 hul murub4-ba ti-la
51. gal5-la2 ku3-zu gal5-la2 gal-bi murub4-ba ti-la
52. lu2 {gesz}ma2-sag-ga2-ke4 lu2 {gesz}ma2-egir-ra-ke4 gu3 mu-un-na-de2-e
53. gesz na-an-zi gesz na-an-zi szesz-ra u5-de3
54. nin-e {gesz}ma2-gur8-ra u5-de3
55. {d}ama-szilamx(TUR3) {gesz}ma2-gur8-ra u5-da-a-ni
56. gu3 an-na ba-te gu3 ki-ta ba-te
57. gu3 szu nigin2-na gal5-la2 gal-bi i7-da mu-da-gar
58. uri2{ki}-am3 gu3 de2 an-ta-gu10
59. e2-za gi-bi e2-za gi-bi iri e2-za gi-bi
60. esz3 uri2{ki}-ma e2-za gi-bi iri e2-za gi-bi
61. en-zu ge6-par3-ta ba-ra-e3-a iri e2-za gi-bi
62. [...] x x x x x x
63. [...]
64. x [...]
65. x [...]
66. gidru ku3 [...]
67. tug2-ba13 ku3 [...]
68. aga ku3 sag-ga2 [...]
69. gidru za-gin3-na [...]
70. i7 sug4 i7 hul2?-la? [...]
71. e2-ba la-ba-te-te [...]
72. ki {d}erisz-ki-gal-la-ka [...]
73. ge26-e ama-gu10 ki ag2-ga2-ni-ta [...]
74. za-e gal5-la2 gal-bi he2-me-en [...]
75. nam-gu-za-la2 kur-ra-sze3 szu-zu [...]
76. lugal-gu10? igi er2-ra nu-sze8-sze8-x
77. balag sza3 hul2-la-ka-ni er2 [...]
78. gen-na muszen-du3 e2 nig2 gar-ra-na i-lu-zu he-me en i-lu-zu he2-me te ba-ab-pel-e
79. szu-ku6 tur-e e2 nig2 gar-ra-na i-lu-zu he2-me en i-lu-zu he2-me ta ba-ab-pel-e
80. ama gudug ug5-ga ge6-par3-ra sug4-ga-na i-lu-zu he2-me en i-lu-zu he2-me ta ba-ab-pel-e
81. ama nin-dingir ge6-par3-ra ba-ra-e3-x x i-lu-zu he2-me en i-lu-zu he2-me ta ba-ab-pel-e
82. lugal-gu10 sag-zu sahar-ra nigin2-na-zu a tu5-a
83. giri3-zu ki pel-la pel-la-zu e-sir2 [...]
84. lugal-e sag-du sahar-ra nigin2-na-ni a mu-un-tu5
85. giri3-bi ki pel-la pel-la-ni e-sir2 [...]
86. e2-bi la-ba-te-ge26 [...]
87. {gesz}gu-za-zu tusz-a [...]
88. gesz-nu2 nu2-a hu-mu-[...]
89. nig2-gu7 ka-a mi-ni-in-gu7 kurun2 suh-bi i3-nag
90. ku3 gal {d}erisz-ki-gal-la za3-mi2-zu du10-ga-am3

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  • Genre(s): Literary (ETCSL 1.07.03 Ningešzida’s Descent (composite))
  • Language(s): Sumerian

  • history: ETCSL, (1998-2006) 1.7.3 Ningishzida's journey to the nether world

    [BlackETCSL] Black, Jeremy A. 1998-2006. “Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature.” 1998-2006.

  • Composite No.: Q000356
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2016-04-23 at 16:27:10 Englund, Robert K. atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2016-01-03 at 09:09:13 Dahl, Jacob L. atf Dahl, Jacob L. CDLI approved View
2014-09-11 at 00:00:00 CDLI artifact Wagensonner, Klaus CDLI approved View

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“CDLI Literary 000356 (Ningeshzida’s Descent) Composite Artifact Entry.” 2014. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). September 11, 2014.
CDLI Literary 000356 (Ningeshzida’s Descent) composite artifact entry (No. P469663). (2014, September 11). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI).
CDLI Literary 000356 (Ningeshzida’s Descent) composite artifact entry (2014) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: December 6, 2023).
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	year = {2014},
	month = {sep 11},
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