CM 14 (Aššur-reša-iši Chronicle)

The Chronicle of Aššur-reš-iši is a fragment of an Assyrian chronicle; the tablet was found in Aššur. It describes the war of king Aššur-reš-iši (r.1133-1115) against the Babylonian king Ninurta-nadin-šumi (r.1132-1126).

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 14.


Translation

[1'] [...]

... against them ... their ... an alliance ... the merchants ... he inflicted a defeat on them.


 

[2'] ... conquest. Aššur-reš-iši, king of Assyria, ... in this fortress ... the residence of Aššur, his lord, ... of bronze ... the towns ... the majesty of Aššur ... of his bravery ... and the lands of Assyria ... the sides ....

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[3'] ... the lands ... the other side ... he killed. ... the desert ... he killed. That year, Aššur-reš-iši, king of Assyria, took his soldiers and his chariots and marched on Arbela. Ninurta-nadin-šumi, the king of Karduniaš, heard of the march of Aššur-reš-iši, king of Assyria. He [recalled?] his troops. The forces and the king of Karduniaš fled ... with hum ... he sent ... against ...

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