Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia

by Daniel David Luckenbill

(Chicago, 1926)

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Volume I

I. Introduction, page 1


II. Inscriptions of the Early Rulers; from Ititi to Adad-Nirâri I, p. 11

I. Ititi, page 11
II. Zariku, 11
III. Dadum, 12
IV. Shalim-ahum, 12
V. Ilu-shuma, 12
VI. Irishum, 12
VII. Ikunum, 15
VIII. Samsi-Adad, 15
IX. Shamshi-Adad, 15
X. Ashir-nirâri I, 17
XI. Puzur-Ashir IV (?), 18
XII. Ashir-bêl-nishêshu, 19
XIII. Ashir-rîm-nishêshu, 19
XIV. Assur-nâdin-ahê, 19
XV. Erîba-Adad, 20
XVI. Assur-uballit, 21
XVII. Arik-dên-ilu, 24


III. Inscriptions of Adad-Nirâri I, p. 27

I. Restoration of the Mushlalu, 29
II. Repairs on the South Wall of Assur, 29
III. Restoration of the East Wall, 30
IV. Restoration of the Quay Wall, 31
V. Palace Repairs, 32
VI. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar, 34
VII. Restoration of the Gate of Anu and Adad, 35
VIII. Repairs on the Temple of Assur, 36
IX. Stele Inscription, 37


IV. Inscriptions Shalmaneser I, p. 38

Pages 38-49
I. Rebuilding of the Temple of Eharsagkurkurra (Historical Introduction), 38
II. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar of Assur, 45
III. Restoration of the Court of the Ninevite Ishtar at Assur, 46
IV. Palace Inscription, 46
V. Repairs on the Gate of Libur-Shalhi at Assur, 46
VI. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar at Nineveh, 47
VII. Stele Inscription, 48


V. Inscriptions Tukulti-Urta I, p. 49

I. Inscriptions Commemorating the Rebuilding of the Palace in Assur, 50
Pages 51-63
II. Repairs on the City Wall and Moat, 55
III. Inscriptions on the Founding of the Suburb of Assur Called Kar-Tukulti-Urta, 56
IV. Rebuilding of the Temple of the Assyrian Ishtar, 62
V. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar Dînitu, 64
VI. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar Anunaitu, 66
VII. Dedicatory Inscriptions, 66
VIII. Bowl Inscriptions from Nineveh, 67
IX. Inscription on a Stone from the Court of Assur's Temple, 68


VI. The Successors of Tukulti-Urta I, p. 69

I. Assur-nâdin-apli, 69
II. Assur-rêsh-ishi, 69


VII. Tiglath-pileser I, p. 72

I. Prism Inscription (History of First Five Years of Reign), 72
Pages 74-89
II. Rock Inscriptions, 91
III. Rebuilding of the Royal Palace at Assur, 92
Pages 93-96
IV. Inscriptions from the bît-labuni, 95
V. Rebuilding of the Anu-Adad Temple, 97
Pages 98-102
VI. Stele Erected at Assur, 100
VII. Vase Inscription of Pirhu-lishir, Servant of Tiglath-pileser, 100
VIII. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar at Nineveh, 100
IX. Fragments of Texts, 103


VIII. The Successors of Tiglath-pileser I, p. 105

I. Urta-apil-Ekur II, 105
II. Assur-bêl-kala, 105
III. Shamshi-Adad IV, 106
IV. Erîba-Adad II, 106
V. Assur-nâsir-pal I and Shalmaneser II, 107
VI. Assur-rêsh-ishi II, 107
VII. Assur-dân II, 107


IX. Adad-Nirâri II, p. 109

Pages 109-125
I. The Annals, 109
II. Quay-Wall Inscription, 117
III. The "Broken Obelisk" Inscription, 118
IV. Rebuilding of the Palace, 124
V. Fragments of Texts, 124


X. Tukulti-Urta II, p. 126

Pages 126-137
I. The Annals, 126
II. Building Inscriptions, 134
III. Miscellaneous Inscriptions, 137
IV. Text of Tukulti-Mer, 137


XI. Assur-nâsir-pal, p. 138

I. Final Edition of the Annals, 138
Pages 141-173
II. The Standard Inscription, 171
III. The Great Monolith, 174
IV. The Kurkh Monolith, 177
V. Statue Inscription, 182
VI. Inscription from the Palace at Calah, 183
VII. Inscription from the Wall of Calah, 183.
VIII. Inscription on Colossi from Calah, 186
Pages 177-189
IX. Address to Ishtar on Lion from Calah, 190
X. Rebuilding of the Temple of Urta at Calah, 191
XI. Restoration of the Temple of Ishtar, Queen of Kidmuri, 191
XII. Miscellaneous Building Inscriptions from Calah, 193
XIII. Balâwât (Imgur-Bêl) Inscriptions, 194
XIV. Building Texts from Nineveh, 196
XV. Inscriptions from Assur, 198
Pages 198-199


XII. Shalmaneser III, p. 200

Pages 200-252
I. The "Black Obelisk" Inscription, 200
II. The Monolith Inscription, 211
Ill. The "Bronze Gates of Balâwât", 224
IV. Fragments of the Royal Annals, 232
V. The Throne Inscription, 243
VI. The Statue Inscription, 245
VII. Inscriptions at the Source of the Tigris, 246
VIII. Miscellaneous Building Inscriptions, 249
   A. From Assur, 249
   B. From Calah, 252


XIII. Shamsi-Adad V, Sammurat, Adad-Nirari III, and Assur-nirari V, p. 253

Pages 253-268
A. Shamshî-Adad V, 253
   I. The Monolith Inscription, 253
   II. Miscellaneous Inscriptions, 259
B. Sammuramat (Semiramis), 260
C. Adad-nirâri Ill, 260
   I. Saba'a Stele, 260
   II. The Nimrûd Slab Inscriptions, 262
   III. The Inscription on the Nebo Statues, 264
   IV. Miscellaneous Texts, 265
D. Assur-nirâri V (treaty with Mati'-ilu), 265


XIV. Tiglath-pileser III and Shalmaneser V, p. 269

Pages 269-282
A. Inscriptions of Tiglath-pileser III, 269
I. The Annals, 269
II. Nimrûd Slab Inscription, 280
III. Later Inscriptions Containing Historical Sections, 282
1.Nimrûd Tablet, 282
2. Second Nimrûd Tablet (DT, 3), 289
3. Second Nimrûd Slab, 291
Pages 292-297
4. Fragmentary Annals' Text, 292
5. List of Cities, 294
IV. Miscellaneous Inscriptions, 294
V. Stele of Bêl-Harran-bêl-usur, 295
B. Shalmaneser V, 297

Volume II

I. Sargon; the Khorsabad Texts p. 1

I. The Annals, page 2
Pages 3-44
II. The Display Inscription, 25
III. The Display Inscription of Salon XIV, 39
IV. The Bull Inscription, 45

II. Sargon; the Khorsabad Texts--Continued p. 48

V. Pavement Inscriptions I-V, 48
Pages 50-52
VI. Inscription on the Backs of the Sculptured Slabs, 55
VII. Foundation Deposits, 56
VIII. Cylinder Inscription, 60
IX. Miscellaneous Inscriptions, 66

III. Sargon; Inscriptions from Assur, Calah, and Nineveh p. 69

I. The Assur Charter, 69
II. The Nimrûd Inscription, 71
III. The Letter to Assur Recounting the Events of the Eighth Campaign, 73
Pages 76-102

IV. Sargon; Inscriptions from Assur, Calah, and Nineveh--Continued p. 100

IV. The Cyprus Stele, 100

V. The Prism Inscriptions from Nineveh, 104

1. Prism A., 104
2. Prism B., 106
VI. Miscellaneous Inscriptions, 112
A. From Assur, 112
B. From Nineveh, 113

V. Sennacherib; the Historical Texts p. 115

I. The Final Edition of the Annals, 115
Pages 117-123
II. The Account of the first Campaign, 128
III. The Account of Campaigns 1 and 2, p. 133
IV. Records Written after the Third Campaign, 136
V. Records Written after the Fifth Campaign, 137
1. Account of Two Campaigns, 137
2. The Jûdi Dâgh Inscription, 138
VI. Records Written after the Sixth Campaign, 140
Pages 144-145

VII. Records Written after the Eighth Campaign, 148

1. The Bavian Inscription, 148
2. The Nevi Yunis Slab Inscription, 153
Page 154
3. Inscription on an Alabaster Slab in the Berlin Museum, 156
4. The Seal of Tukulti-Urta, 158

VI. Sennacherib; the Building Inscriptions p. 160

I. The "Palace without a Rival", 160
1. Earliest Record, Written after the First Campaign, 160
2. Record on the Bellino Cylinder, 163
3. Record on the Rassam Cylinder, 165
4. Account Written after the Fifth Campaign, 165
Pages 170-171
5. Undated Bull Inscription, 173
6. Miscellaneous Inscriptions, 178
II. The Armory, 179

III. The Temple of the New Year's Feast, 183

Page 188

IV. Miscellaneous Building Inscriptions and Epigraphs, 189

I. Restoration of the Temple Ehar-saggalkurkurra at Assur, 189
II. Inscription Intended for a Foundation Stele of a Hani Temple, 191
III. Inscription on a Slab from the Temple of Esharra, 191
IV. Brick Inscription from the Temple of Esharra at Assur, 192
V. Restoration of the Temple of Esharra, 192
VI. Inscribed Slab from the Court of Esharra, 192
VII. Inscription on Another Slab from Assur, 193
VIII. Brick Inscription from Assur, 193
IX. Brick Inscription from Assur, 193
X. Inscriptions on a Limestone Block from Assur, 193
XI. Inscription on a Limestone Block from Assur, 193
XII. Inscription from the Mushlal at Assur, 193
XIII. Brick from the Royal Sepulcher at Assur, 194
XIV. Brick from the Royal Sepulcher at Assur, 194
XV. Brick from the Palace built at Assur for Assur-nâdin-shum, 194
XVI. Vase Inscription, 194
XVII. Inscriptions on Two Steles from Nineveh, 194
XVIII. Fragment of a Building Inscription, 195
XIX. Inscription on Slabs from the Wall of Nineveh, 196
XX. Inscription on Bricks from the Nergal Temple at Tarbisis, 196
XXI. Inscription on Slabs from the Nergal Temple at Tarbisi, 196
XXII. Cone Inscription from the Nergal Temple at Tarbisis, 196
XXIII. Brick Inscription from Kakzi, 197
XXIV. A Collection of Epigraphs on a Clay Tablet, 197
XXV-XXXII. Miscellaneous Epigraphs, 198

VII. Esarhaddon; the Historical Texts p. 199

I. The Broken Prisms B and S, 199
II. Prism A, 211
III. Fragmentary Inscriptions from Tablets Containing Portions of the Annals, 216
IV. The Senjirli Stele, 224
V. The Dog River Stele, 228
VI. Treaty with Ba'alu of Tyre, 229
VII. A Letter to the God Assur, 231
Pages 235-237
VIII. Miscellaneous Texts, 237
IX. A Collection of Oracles, 238

VIII. Esarhaddon; the Building Inscriptions p. 242

I. Restoration of Babylon, 242
1. The Black Stone, 242
2. Prism 78, 223 of the British Museum, 244
3. K 192 and Prism Bu. 88-5-12, 75+76, 249
4. Another British Museum Prism, 255
5. K 2801, 256
Page 257
6. Pentagonal Prism of Esarhaddon, 263
7. S 1079, 264
II. Rebuilding of the Royal Palace at Nineveh, 265
1. Prism S and B, 265
2. Prism A, 267
3. K 2745, 270
III. Esarhaddon's Building Activities at Assur, 271
1. Text on a Tablet from Assur, 271
2. Text Restored from Fragments of Three Prisms, 271
3. Alabaster Tablet from Assur, 273
4. Fragment of an Eight-sided Prism from Assur, 276
5. Vase Inscription, 277
6. Amulet Inscription, 278
7. Mushlalu Inscription, 278
IV. Miscellaneous Building Inscriptions, 278
1. The Negûb Tunnel Inscription, 278
2. Cylinder Inscriptions Commemorating the Restoration of Eanna, 279
3. Inscriptions on Bricks, Vases, etc., 285

IX. Assurbanipal; the Cylinder Texts, p. 290

I. The Rassam Cylinder, 290
Pages 296-321
II. Cylinder B, 323
Page 339
III. Cylinder C, 340
IV. Cylinder D, 345
V. Cylinder E, 346
VI. Cylinder F, 347

X. Assurbanipal; the Historical Texts Inscribed on Tablets, p. 348

I. Text Comemorating the Rebuilding of the Temple of Sin at Harran, 348
II. K 1364, 354
III. K 1703, 355
IV. K 2631 + K 2653 + K 2855, p. 356
V. K 2652, 359
VI. K 2656, 360
VII. K 2825, 361
VIII. K 2867, 361
IX. K 3062, 363
X. K 3065, 364
XI. K 3083, 364
XII. K 3087, 364
XIII. K 3101a + K 2664 + K 2628, p. 365
XIV. K 3404, 365
XV. K 3405, 365
XVI. Rm 281, 366
XVII. VAT 5600, 367

XI. Assurbanipal; the Building Inscriptions, p. 369

I. The Babylon-Borsippa Dedicatory Texts, 369
1. Cylinder L-1, 369
2. Cylinder L-2, 370
3. Cylinder P-1, 372
4. Cylinder L-6, 372
5. E-mah Cylinder, 373
II. Other Dedicatory Texts, 373
1. Yale Cylinder, 373
2. Stele S-2, 375
3. Stele S-3, 376
4. K 891, 376
5. K 3050 + 2694, 378
6. Restoration of the Nabû Temple at Nineveh, 382
7. Slabs from the Court of the Ninlil Temple at Nineveh, 383
8. Copy of a Dedicatory Text from Esagila, 384
9. Copy of a Dedicatory Text from Harran, 386
10. A Collection of Texts, 387
11. Dedicatory Inscription from Nippur, 390

XII. Assurbanipal; the Miscellaneous Inscriptions, p. 391

I. On Hunting Reliefs, 391
II. Epigraphs on Historical Reliefs, 392
Page 393
III. Epigraphs Intended for Sculptures, 394
IV. Brick Inscriptions, 405
V. Dialogue between Assurbanipal and Nabû, 406

XIII. Assurbanipal's Successors, p. 408

I. Assur-etil-ilani, 4008
II. Sin-sharishkun, 409

XIV. The Fall of Nineveh p. 417

XV. Chronological Texts and a List of Assyrian Kings, p. 422

I. King's Lists, 422
II. The Limmu or Eponym Lists, p. 427
III. A List of Assyrian Kings, 439
Index of Names, 443
Assyrian Words and Ideograms, 492
Selected Bibliography with Abbreviations, 496
Assyrian Months, Weights and Measures, 499
Additions and Corrections to Volume I, 501
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