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Chronicle of Arik-den-ili

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  The Chronicle of Arik-denili is a fragment of an Assyrian chronicle; the tablet was found in Aššur. It describes the wars of king Arik-den-ili (1308-1296) against an enemy that cannot be identified.

For a very brief introduction to the literary genre of chronicles, go here. More information can be found in Jean-Jacques Glassner, Mesopotamian Chronicles (Atlanta, 2004), in which this is text CM 12.

Translation

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1-8 [...] from the city of [...] to [...], a hundred head of sheep and goats and a hundred heads of their cattle [...] he brought to Aššur. At this time [...] seven thousand baskets, by their order, before [...]. He made a large battering ram. Arik-den-ili, [...] his gift to Ištar [...] he offered [...].
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9-17 [...] proud, Arik-den-ili [...] the crop of Esini [...] he carried away and Esini [...] thirty-three chariots of [...] he killed with [...]. Arik-den-ili [...] in [...] he loaded on his chariots. The chariots [...] he [...] Arnuna of Nigimhi, the fortress of the country of [...] He surrounded Esini in Arnuna, destroyed its gateway [...]. Arik-den-ili scattered [...] and all took an oath before Arik-den-ili.
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18 [...] the price of grain was fixed at one mina. Arik-den-ili 
19-26 [...]turiha, Habaruha, which [...] for [...] Kutila, he turned away their troops [...] he [...] of Tarbisu, Kudina [...] he gave them up. Kutila [...]. At this time, with ninety of his chariots, he crossed the lower [...]. He killed six hundred men of Hi[...] with [...]. Remaku [...] he killed as punishment against Nagabbilhi.
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27 [...] famine; the price of grain was fixed at two minas [...]
28-34 of Halahhu, forever [...] he plundered. He killed 254,000 men. He inflicted a defeat on them. He led away their shackled prisoners and brought them to Aššur. At this time, one hundred [...] he rose up. Asini [...] to [...]
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