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Gudea and his Dynasty

Gudea and his Dynasty

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    Gudea and his Dynasty
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    This volume of RIM focuses on the Second Dynasty of Lagas, and concentrates mainly on the inscriptions of Cylinders A and B of the most important king of that dynasty, Gudea.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7555-1
    Subjects: Religion

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Editorial Notes
    (pp. xi-xii)
    R.F.G. Sweet
  5. Bibliographical Abbreviations
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  6. Other Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  7. Object Signatures
    (pp. xvii-2)
  8. Introduction
    (pp. 3-6)

    The sequence of rulers adopted in this volume is the same as that in Steible, NSBW, and is based on T. Maeda, ASJ 10(1988) 19–35:

    1. Ur-Ningirsu I

    2. Pirig-me

    3. Lu-Bau (no inscriptions available, one year-formula)

    4. Lugula (no inscriptions available, one year-formula)

    5. Kaku (no inscriptions available, one year-formula)

    6. Ur-Bau

    7. Gudea

    8. Ur-Ningirsu II

    9. Ur-GAR

    10. Ur-ayabba (no inscriptions available, one year-formula)

    11. Ur-Mama

    12. Nammahani

    The chronological relation of the “Second Dynasty of Lagaš” (cf. F. R. Kraus, ZA 50 [1952] 30 n. 2 end, for the definition of “dynasty” according to the Sumerian King List) to the Third Dynasty of Ur has not yet...

  9. Ur-Ningirsu I E3/1.1.1
    (pp. 7-11)

    The offering list BM 18474, published by T. Maeda, ASJ 10 (1988) p. 19 and pp. 33–35 (copy and photo), names in line 2 ur-dnin-gír-su gu-la “Ur-Ningirsu the Elder” as contrasted with ur-dnin-gír-su dumu-gù-dé-a “Ur-Ningirsu, son of Gudea” in line 6. This led Maeda to prove the existence of two rulers by that name. The fictive Lagaš King List (of Old Babylonian date), published by E. Sollberger, JCS 21 (1967) pp. 279–91, makes one Ur-Ningirsu the son of Ur-Nin-MAR.KI (see p. 282 line 195).

    Apart from his inscriptions, our only sources for the reign of Ur-Ningirsu I are...

  10. Pirig-me E3/1.1.2
    (pp. 12-13)
  11. Lu-Bau, Lugula, and Kaku E3/1.1.3–5
    (pp. 14-14)
  12. Ur-Bau E3/1.1.6
    (pp. 15-25)
  13. Gudea E3/1.1.7
    (pp. 26-180)

    Gudea is not only the most remarkable ruler of the “Second Dynasty of Lagaš,” but one of the outstanding personalities of ancient Near Eastern history in general. Our modern judgment is based both on the enormous corpus of his original inscriptions and on the highly individual contents of his two cylinder inscriptions and several of his statue inscriptions.

    Though not deified during his lifetime (Gudea’s name is never written with the divine determinative in contemporary documents),dgù-dé-a was honoured, after his death, as a god when offerings were made to him at the “place of libations” (ki-a-nag, literally “place that...

  14. Ur-Ningirsu II E3/1.1.8
    (pp. 181-188)
  15. Ur-GAR E3/l.1.9
    (pp. 189-191)
  16. Ur-ayabba E3/1.1.10
    (pp. 192-192)
  17. Ur-Mama E3/1.1.11
    (pp. 192-193)
  18. Nammaḫani E3/1.1.12
    (pp. 194-207)

    Last ruler of the “Gudea Dynasty,” defeated by Ur-Namma of Ur III according to the Prologue of the “Code of Ur-Namma” (see J.J. Finkelstein, JCS 22 [1968–69] p. 67 lines 75–77). The name is regularly spelled nam-maḫ-ni in the corpus of his inscriptions, but nam-ḫa-ni in the “Code of Ur-Namma.” Both forms represent an abbreviated name: “His/Her greatness (is ...),” e.g., nam-maḫ-ni-du10“... is favourable.”

    Apart from his inscriptions, a year name is preserved: mu nam-maḫ-ni ús-sa “year: Nammaḫani (became ruler), following (year)” RTC 187.

    The Nammaḫani of our corpus is not identical with, though not distant in...

  19. Ḫala-Bau E3/1.1.0
    (pp. 208-208)
  20. Unidentified Persons E3/1.1.0
    (pp. 209-222)
  21. Catalogue of Types of Inscribed Objects
    (pp. 223-228)
  22. Concordances of Selected Publications
    (pp. 229-231)
  23. Handcopies
    (pp. 232-233)