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From Nabû-Nasir to Šamaš-šuma-ukin (ABC 1)
Tiglath-Pileser III on a relief in the British Museum.
on the Reigns from Nabû-Nasir to Šamaš-šuma-ukin (ABC 1) is one
of the historiographical texts about ancient Assyria
It deals with the resistance of an increasingly stronger Babylon, supported
by Elam, against Assyria, beginning with the reign of the Babylonian king
Nabû-Nasir (747-734) and culminating in the accessions of Aššurbanipal
in Assyria and Šamaš-šuma-ukin in Babylonia in 668.
For a very brief introduction to the literary genre of chronicles, go here. The translation on this webpage was adapted from A.K. Grayson, Assyrian and Babylonian Chronicles (1975) and Jean-Jacques Glassner, Mesopotamian Chronicles (Atlanta, 2004).
The text is preserved on two copies that are now in the British Museum;
one of these copies was written in 499 BCE, the twenty-second year of king
I the Great. (It is the only Neo-Babylonian chronicle that is preserved
on more than one copy.) The best of these measures 193 mm long and 158
mm wide, which is extremely large; this made it possible to create two
columns (cf. ABC 7, the Nabonidus
Chronicle, which may have been written by the same scribe). It is from
The other fragments are from Sippar and may belong to one and the same
broken, large tablet. A parallel text that contains variant information
can be found here.
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This means that thee author of the chronicle was unable to find a description that he could include.
Latest revision: 1 April 2006
Assyrian and Babylonian Chronicles