CDLI Literary 000557 (Letter from Ishbi-Erra to Ibbi-Sin) composite (P473730)

Literary letter and letter-prayer artifact excavated in Nippur (mod. Nuffar), dated to the Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) period

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Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC)


Nippur (mod. Nuffar)

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Literary > Literary letter and letter-prayer (ETCSL 3.01.17 Letter from Ishbi-Erra to Ibbi-Sin (composite))






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1. {d}i-bi2-{d}suen lugal-gu10-ra u3-na-a-du11
2. {disz}isz-bi-er3-ra arad-zu na-ab-be2-a
3. kaskal i3-si-in{ki} ka-zal-lu{ki}-sze3
4. sze sa10-sa10-de3 a2-sze3 mu-e-da-a-ag2
5. ganba 1(disz) sze gur-ta-am3 sze sa2 di
6. 2(u) gun2 ku3-babbar sze sa10-sa10-de3 ba-an-gar
7. inim mar-tu lu2-kur2-ra sza3 ma-da-zu ku4-ra gesz bi2-tuku
8. 2(|SZAR2xMAN|) sze gur sze du3-a-bi? sza3 i3-si-in{ki}-na-ke4 ba-an-ku4-re-en
9. a-da-al-la-bi mar-tu du3-du3-a-bi sza3 kalam-ma-sze3 ba-an-ku4-re-en
10. bad3? gal-gal dili-dili-bi im-mi-in-dab5-dab5
11. mu mar-tu sze-ba sag3-ge nu-mu-e-da-szum2-mu
12. ugu-gu10 mu-ta-ni-kal i3-tusz-u3?-de3-en
13. lugal-gu10 1(gesz'u) {gesz}ma2-gur8 2(gesz2) gur-ta-am3 he2-em-du8-e
14. {gesz}ma2 1(gesz2) 1(u) 2(disz) kal-ga 2(u) {gesz}ZA PI x 3(u) x x GAN
15. 5(u) {gesz}x 1(gesz2)? {gesz}ig ma2 ugu ma2? ga2-ga2
16. u3 {gesz}ma2 du3-a-bi he2-x
17. i7?-da {i7}kur-ra {i7}pa-li-isz-tum-ta
18. du6 sal-la-sze3 he2-em-ta-e11?-de3-esz
19. u3 ge26-e igi-ni-sze3 ga-am3-ma-szi-gen?
20. ki? {gesz}ma2 kar-bi ugu-ga2 e-tuku
21. HI-HI sze du3-a-bi he2-ga2-ga2 he2-e-sa2?
22. tukum-bi sze ba-an-tur-re-en
23. ge26-e sze ga-mu-ra-ku4
24. lugal-gu10 elam-ma{ki} szen-szen-na zi ba-an-ir
25. sze-ba-ni ul4-la-bi al-til-la
26. lirum-lirum na-an-tah?-en
27. nam-arad-da-ni-sze3 sag-zu na-an-szum2-mu-un
28. u3 egir-ra-ni-sze3 na-an-du-un
29. sze mu 1(u) 5(disz)-ta-am3 sza3-gal e2-gal-zu
30. u3 iri du3-a-bi szu-gu10-ta i3-gal2
31. i3-si-in{ki} nibru{ki}-a en-nu-ug3 ha-ra-ab-ak-e
  {(1 ms. adds:) iri}
32. ugu-ga2 he2-tuku
33. lugal-gu10 he2-en-zu
  (end of shorter version)
34. lugal-gu10 ni2 nu-te ni2 nu-gid2-i sza3-ba ge26-e nu-te-BU
35. dingir dili-dili-bi igi? he2-ni-ib2-kig2-kig2-e ki-bi he2-kig2-kig2
36. ug3 dagal-bi nam-lu2-ulu3-bi [...] x BI mah
37. he2-silim-me-esz numun zi-da he2-en-gal-le-esz
38. uri2{ki} iri ku3-zu an ki-da mu2-a
39. nun gal-me-e GAG x x sag-ki-bi kal-la
40. me szum2-mu usz? gesz-hur ge-en-gi-ne2 sig igi-nim-ma
41. szu-ta he2-kar-re KA? x x-bi he2-eb2-be2
42. e2-kisz-nu-gal2 esz3 an ki szu2-szu2 x x x nu-tuku
43. elam{ki} ur-idim lu2 nig2 ha-lam-ma-ke4
44. szu pe-el nu-ma-ak-e {d}lamma-bi nu-si-il
45. lugal-gu10 KA se3-se3 gal-gal du10-tuku mu-un-kar?
46. mi-bi-{d}suen-ka sza3-ta-am3 ki ag2-me-esz
47. an {d}en-lil2 {d}en-ki igi zi hu-mu-un-szi-bar-re-e-ne
48. x x x x RU E x x x he2-en-gar igi-bi he2-eb2-gi4-gi4
49. x x abula! uri2{ki}-ma gal2 da13!-da13-da a-a
50. x he2-ni-ib-be2 a-ba-am3 lugal-gu10-e-sze
51. lugal {d}en-lil2 x x gaba-ri nu-tuku-me-en
52. x x x x [...] sza3-zu na-an-gig-ga
53. x szu mu-un-gi suhusz-bi mu-ri-in-ge-en
54. x x numun-bi-a sza3-zu he2-en-du10-ge
55. en-na lugal-gu10 al-ti-la nam-lugal uri2{ki} mu-un-ak-e
56. nig2 na-me lugal-gu10 kig2 mu-na-ni-ib2-gi4
57. a-ma-ru-kam nam-ba-e-szub-de3-en-ze2-en
58. igi {d}utu-kam ka-gu10 nu-bala-e

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    composite text

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    composite text

  • history: ETCSL, (1998-2006) 3.01.17 Letter from Ishbi-Erra to Ibbi-Sin

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

  • history: Attinger, Pascal (s. PDF version at ‟View commentary”),

    [sec123265] N.d.

  • Composite No.: Q000557
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  • Provenience: Nippur (mod. Nuffar)
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Created Creator Type Authors Project Reviewer Status Action
2019-06-22 at 10:59:53 Englund, Robert K. atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2016-04-23 at 16:27:21 Englund, Robert K. atf Englund, Robert K. CDLI approved View
2015-12-17 at 12:21:38 Dahl, Jacob L. atf Dahl, Jacob L. CDLI approved View
2015-01-24 at 00:00:00 CDLI artifact Peterson, Jeremiah CDLI approved View

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Cite this Artifact
“CDLI Literary 000557 (Letter from Ishbi-Erra to Ibbi-Sin) Composite Artifact Entry.” 2015. Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). January 24, 2015.
CDLI Literary 000557 (Letter from Ishbi-Erra to Ibbi-Sin) composite artifact entry (No. P473730). (2015, January 24). Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI).
CDLI Literary 000557 (Letter from Ishbi-Erra to Ibbi-Sin) composite artifact entry (2015) Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). Available at: (Accessed: September 26, 2023).
	note = {[Online; accessed 2023-09-26]},
	year = {2015},
	month = {jan 24},
	title = {CDLI {Literary} 000557 ({Letter} from {Ishbi}-{Erra} to {Ibbi}-{Sin}) composite artifact entry},
	howpublished = {},

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