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Religious Chronicle (ABC 17)

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  The Religious Chronicle (ABC 17) is a historiographical texts from ancient Babylonia. It deals with omens and events during the reign of several kings in the instable period between 1033 and 943: Nabû-šumu-libur, Simbar-šipak, Eulmaš-šakin-šumi, and Nabû-mukin-apli. The tablet was written in the Seleucid age.

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 tablet, BM 35968 (Sp III, 504), on which the Religious Chronicle is inscribed measures 81 mm long and 99 mm wide. It is poorly preserved, the bottom and left-hand side being entirely broken away. There are several other smaller lacunae due to the flaking of the surface.
 

Translation of Column 1

1 [...]
2 [...] Sin
3 [...]
4 [...]
5 [...]
6 [...] Bêlit-Nina [...]
7 [...] they killed him/it
8 [...] Babylon [...]
9 [...] Bêlit-[...]
10 [...] they went.
11 [...] Tigris
12 [...]
13 [...] to the Abul-mahiri ("Gate of the rate of exchange")
14 [...] the temple of Ursag which is in the district of Nippur.
15 [...] who saw him/it.
16 [...] Nabû-šumu-libur, the king,[1]
17 [...] a lion was lying lurking and they killed it.
18 [...] they went.
19 [...] was removed.
20 [...] he spoke
21 [...] Tašmetum
22 [...] was seen.
23 [...] was seen.
24 [...]
25 [...] lower
26 [...]
Lacuna

Note 1:
Nabû-šumu-libur's reign lasted from 1033 to1026. He was the last king of the Second Dynasty of Isin.

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