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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. The first of this chronicle's four columns can be found here.

Translation of Column 3

Lacuna
1 [...]
2 In the month Ajaru a wolf [...] was lurting. He was seen and killed.
3 In the month Ajaru a deer, which no one had seen enter the city
4 was seen in Bab-bêliya[3] and killed. In the month Nisannu, in the seventh year, the Aramaeans were belligerent,
5 so that the king could not come up to Babylon. Neither did Nabû come
6 nor Bêl come out. In the month Nisannu, in the eighth year of Nabû-mukin-apli, the king,
7 the Aramaeans were belligerent, and Bab-nibiri ("Gate of the Crossing") of Kar-bel-matati
8 they captured. Thus the king could not cross, Nabû did not come,
9 and Bêl did not come out. The king did not offer the sacrifices of the Akitu festival in Esagil.
10 In the month Nisannu, in the nineteenth year of Nabû-mukin-apli, the king, ditto.[1] the sacrifices [...]
11 In the month Du'ûzu, in the sixteenth year, a lion which no one saw[12] enter the city
12 in the western quarter on the eighth orchard
13 was seen and killed. In the twentieth year of Nabû-mukin-apli, the king,
14 Bêl did not come out nor did Nabû come. For nine years in succession
15 Bêl did not come out nor did Nabû come. In the twenty-fourth (-fifth, -sixth?) year of Nabû-mukin-apli, the king, 
16 the genius, which stands in the right-hand side of the door of the shrine of [...]
17 was seen to move. A demon in the bed chambers
18 of Nabû was seen. [...] upon [...] Nabû in the meat was seen.
19 On the twenty-first day of the month Šabatu, in the twenty-sixth year of Nabû-mukin-apli, the king, Adad thundered, his fire [...]

Translation of Column 4

Lacuna
1 [...]
2 [...] caused to dwell therein
3 [...] are/is not.
4 In the Nth year of Nabû-mukin-apli, the king, 
5 [...] Nabû-mukin-apli, the king, 
6 [...] out down
7 [...] a weapon.
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8 [...]
9 [...]
10 [...]

Note 1:
I.e., "the king did not offer the sacrifices of the Akitu festival in Esagila".

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