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From Nabû-Nasir to Esarhaddon (CM 17)

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The tablet that is sometimes referred to as Chronique Mésopotamienne 17 is also known as tablet B of ABC 1, a chronicle that describes the period from Nabû-Nasir to Šamaš-šuma-ukin. This text is almost identical to the main text, but contains some variants, which are indicated in yellow.


Column 1

1' Bêl did not come out [for the Akitu festival]
2'-6' The third year of Nabû-nasir (745/744), king of Babylon: Tiglath-Pileser ascended the throne in Assyria. In that same year the king of Assyria went down to Akkad plundered Rabbilu and Hamranu and abducted the gods of Šapazza.
7' The fifth year of Nabû-nasir (743/742): Humban-Nikaš
8' ascended to the throne in Elam.
9' The [...] year: Tiglath-pileser,
10' took [...]
11' [...] they went down.
12' Too fragmented
13' Too fragmented
14' Too fragmented

Column 2

Lacuna [The fifth year of Marduk-apla-iddina (717/716): Humban-Nikaš, king of Elam, died.]
1' For twenty-six years Humban-nikaš ruled Elam.
2' Šutur-Nahhunte, his sister's son, ascended the throne in Elam.
3' The sixth year, Assyria [...]
4' From the accession year of Marduk-apla-iddina
5' until the tenth year, Assyria was belligerent
6' towards Marduk-apla-iddina.
7' The tenth year (712/711): Marduk-apla-iddina 
8' ravaged and plundered Bit-[...]ri[7].
9' The twelfth year of Marduk-apla-iddina (710/709): Sargon went down to Akkad
10' and did battle against Marduk-apla-iddina.
11' Marduk-apla-iddina retreated before him 
12' and fled to Elam. For twelve years Marduk-apla-iddina 
13' ruled Babylon. 
14' Sargon ascended the throne in Babylon.
15' The thirteenth year (709/708): Sargon took Bêl's hand.
16' He also captured Dur-Yakin.
17' The fourteenth year (708/707): The king stayed in the land.
18' The fifteenth year (707/706): On the twenty-second day of the month Tašrîtu the gods of the Sealand
19' returned to their shrines. There was a plague in Assyria.
20' The seventeenth year (705/704): Sargon marched to Tabalu.
Too broken for translation

Column 3

1' Nergal-ušezib in the district of Nippur on the seventh day of the month Tašrîtu did battle against the army of Assyria. 
2' He was taken prisoner in the battlefield and transported to Assyria.
3' On the twenty-sixth day of the month Tašrîtu, the subjects of Hallušu-Inšušinak,
4' king of Elam, rebelled against him. The door in his face they shot
5' and they killed him. For six years Hallušu-Inšušinak ruled Elam.
6' Kudur-Nahhunte ascended the throne in Elam. 
7' Afterwards Sennacherib went down to Elam.
8' From Raši to Bit-Burnaki,
9'  he ravaged and plundered it.
10' Mušezib-Marduk ascended the throne in Babylon.
11' The first year of Mušezib-Marduk (692/691): On the eighth day of the month Âbu,
12' Kudur-Nahhunte, king of Elam, was taken prisoner in a rebellion and killed.
13' For ten months Kudur-Nahhunte ruled Elam. 
14' Humban-nimena in Elam ascended the throne. 
15' In an unknown year Humban-nimena mustered the troops of Elam and Akkad
16' in Halule
17' and battle against Assyria he did.
18' He effected an Assyrian retreat.
19' The fourth year of Mušezib-Marduk (689/688): On the fifteenth day of the month Nisannu
20' Humban-nimena, king of Elam, was stricken by paralysis and
21' his mouth was so affected that he could not speak.
22' On the first day of the month Kislîmu the city of Babylon was captured. Mušezib-Marduk
23' was taken prisoner and transported to Assyria.

Column 4

1' The third year [of Esarhaddon] (678/677): [...]-ahhe-šullim, the governor of Nippur, and
2' Šamaš-ibni, the Dakkurean, were transported to Assyria and 
3' executed in Assyria.
4' The fourth year (677/676): Sidon was captured and sacked.
5' In that same year: the major-domo conscripted troops in Akkad.
6' The fifth year (676/675): On the second day of the month Tašrîtu the army of Assyria captured Baza.
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