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Chronographic Documents Concerning Bagayasha (BCHP 18 A/B)


The Bagayasha Chronicle, combined. Photos Bert van der Spek. BCHP 18: Bagayasha Chronicle, fragments A and B combined
(British Museum).
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The Babylonian Chronographic document concerning Bagayasha ("Bagayasha Chronicle"; BCHP 18) is one of the historiographical texts from ancient Babylonia. It describes a punitive action by a Parthian prince against the city of Babylon, and its consequences. For a very brief introduction to the literary genre of chronicles, go here.

The cuneiform tablets are

  • A: BM 35229+35518+35621 (Sp. II 792 + Sp. III 24+27)
  • B: BM 35189+46018+46216 (Sp. III, 295+81-7-6,464+81-7-6,678)
  • C: BM 48888 = 81-11-3, 1599
They can be found in the British Museum. On this website, a first reading is proposed by Bert van der Spek of the Free University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Irving Finkel of the British Museum.* Please notice that this is a preliminary edition. This web publication is intended to invite suggestions for better readings, comments and interpretations (go here to contact Van der Spek).
Babylonian Chronicles

Description
Text and translation
General commentary
Philological commentary
Summary of events
Photos


Fragment C

Literature

The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment A. Photo Bert van der Spek. The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment A. Photo Bert van der Spek. The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment A. Photo Bert van der Spek.
fragment A
fragment A, top
fragment A, bottom
The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment B. Photo Bert van der Spek. The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment B. Photo Bert van der Spek.
The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment B. Photo Bert van der Spek.
fragment B
fragment B, top
fragment B
The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment B. Photo Bert van der Spek. The Bagayasha Chronicle, fragment B. Photo Bert van der Spek.
The Bagayasha Chronicle, edge. Photo Bert van der Spek.
fragment B
fragment B
fragment B, edge

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Jona Lendering for
Livius.Org, 2011
Revision: 26 July 2011
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