Ashurnasirpal II 023

Obverse
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É.GAL m-šur-PAP-A ŠID -šur ni-šit dBAD u dMAŠ na-ra-am da-nim u dda-gan ka-šu- DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ MAN dan-nu MAN ŠÚ MAN KUR -šur A TUKUL-MAŠ MAN GAL-e MAN dan-ni MAN ŠÚ

(1) Palace of Ashurnasirpal, vice-regent of Aššur, chosen of the gods Enlil and Ninurta, beloved of the gods Anu and Dagan, destructive weapon of the great gods, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, son of Tukultī-Ninurta (II), great king, strong king, king of the world, king of Assyria, son of Adad-nārārī (II) (who was) also great king, strong king, king of the world, (and) king of Assyria; valiant man who acts with the support of Aššur, his lord, and has no rival among the princes of the four quarters, marvelous shepherd, fearless in battle, mighty flood-tide which has no opponent, the king who subdues those insubordinate to him, he who rules all peoples, strong male who treads upon the necks of his foes, trampler of all enemies, he who breaks up the forces of the rebellious, the king who acts with the support of the great gods, his lords, and has conquered all lands, gained dominion over all the highlands and received their tribute, capturer of hostages, he who is victorious over all countries;

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MAN KUR -šur A 10-ERIM.TÁḪ MAN GAL-e MAN dan-ni MAN ŠÚ MAN KUR -šur-ma eṭ-lu qar-du šá ina GIŠ.tukul-ti -šur EN-šú DU.DU-ku-ma ina mal-ki.MEŠ šá kib-rat 4-ta šá-nin-šú la-a TUKU-ú .SIPA

33

tab-ra-te la a-di-ru GIŠ.LAL e-du-ú gap-šú šá ma-ḫi-ra la-a TUKU-ú MAN mu-šak-niš la kan-šu-te-šú šá nap-ḫar kiš-šat UN.MEŠ i-pe-lu NÍTA dan-nu mu-kab-bi-is

44

a-a-bi-šú da-a- kul-lat KÚR.MEŠ mu-pa-ri-ru ki-iṣ-ri mul-tar-ḫi MAN šá ina GIŠ.tukul-ti DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ EN.MEŠ-šú DU.DU-ku-ma KUR.KUR.MEŠ -ši-na ŠU-su KUR-ud ḫur-šá-ni

55

-šú-nu i-pe-lu-ma bi-lat-su-nu im-ḫu-ru ṣa-bit li-i-ṭí šá-kín li-i-te UGU -ši-na KUR.KUR.MEŠ e-nu-ma

(5b) When Aššur, the lord who called me by name (and) made my sovereignty supreme, placed his merciless weapon in my lordly arms, I felled with the sword the extensive troops of the Lullumu in battle. With the help of the gods Šamaš and Adad, the gods my supporters, I thundered like the god Adad, the devastator, against the troops of the lands Nairi, Ḫabḫu, the Šubaru, and the land Nirbu. The king who subdued (the territory stretching) from the opposite bank of the Tigris to Mount Lebanon and the Great Sea, the entire land Laqû (and) the land Sūḫu including the city Rapiqu; he conquered from the source of the River Subnat to the land Urarṭu. I brought within the boundaries of my land (the territory stretching) from the passes of Mount Kirruru to the land Gilzānu, from the opposite bank of the Lower Zab

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-šur EN na-bu-ú MU-ia mu-šar-bu-ú MAN-ti-a GIŠ.TUKUL-šú la pa-da-a a-na i-da-at EN-ti-a lu-ú it-muḫ ERIM.ḪI.A.MEŠ KUR.lu-ul-lu-me-e DAGAL.MEŠ

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ina -reb tam-ḫa-ri ina GIŠ.TUKUL.MEŠ lu ú-šam-qit ina re-ṣu-te šá dšá-maš u dIŠKUR DINGIR.MEŠ tik-le-a ERIM.ḪI.A.MEŠ KUR.KUR na-i-ri KUR.ḫab-ḫi KUR.šu-ba-re-e u KUR.ni-rib GIM dIŠKUR

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ra-ḫi-ṣi UGU-šú-nu áš-gu-um MAN šá TA e-ber-tan ÍD.ḪAL.ḪAL a-di KUR.lab-na-na u A.AB.BA-GAL-te KUR.la-qe-e ana si-ḫír-ti-šá KUR.su-ḫi a-di URU.ra-pi-qi ana GÌR.II-šú ú-šék-ni-šá

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TA SAG-e-ni ÍD.su-ub-na-at a-di KUR.ú-ra-ar-ṭí ŠU-su KUR-ud TA KUR.-re-be šá KUR.ḫab-ru-ri a-di KUR.gíl-za-ni TA e-ber-tan ÍD.za-ba-KI.TA

1010

a-di URU.DU₆-ba-a-ri šá el-la-an KUR.za-ban TA URU.DU₆-šá-ab-ta-a-ni a-di URU.DU₆-šá-za-ab-da-a-ni URU.ḫi-ri-mu URU.ḫa-ru-tu KUR.bi-ra-te

(10) to the city Tīl-Bāri which is upstream from the land Zaban, from the city Tīl-ša-Abtāni to the city Tīl-ša-Zabdāni, the cities Ḫirimu, Ḫarutu, (which are) fortresses of Karduniaš (Babylonia). I accounted (the people) from the passes of Mount Babitu to Mount Ḫašmar as people of my land. In the lands over which I gained dominion I always appointed my governors. They entered (lit. “performed”) servitude.

1111

šá KUR.kar-du-ni-áš ana mi-iṣ-ri KUR-a ú-ter TA KUR.-reb šá KUR.ba-bi-te a-di KUR.ḫaš-mar a-na UN.MEŠ KUR-ia am-nu ina KUR.KUR.MEŠ šá a-pe-lu-ši-na-ni .GAR-nu-te-ia al-ta-kan

1212

ur-du-ti ú-pu-šú m-šur-PAP-A NUN-ú na-a-du pa-líḫ DINGIR.MEŠ GAL.MEŠ ú-šúm-gal-lu ek-du ka-šid URU.URU u ḫur-šá-ni paṭ gim-ri-šú-nu MAN EN.MEŠ-e mu-la-iṭ

(12b) Ashurnasirpal, attentive prince, worshipper of the great gods, ferocious dragon, conqueror of cities and the entire highlands, king of lords, encircler of the obstinate, crowned with splendor, fearless in battle, merciless hero, he who stirs up strife, praiseworthy king, shepherd, protection of the (four) quarters, the king whose command disintegrates mountains and seas, the one who by his lordly conflict has brought under one authority ferocious (and) merciless kings from east to west:

1313

ek-ṣu-te a-pi-ir šá-lum-ma-te la a-di-ru GIŠ.LAL ur-šá-nu la pa-du-ú mu-rib a-nun-te MAN ta-na-da-a-te .SIPA ṣa-lu-lu UB.MEŠ MAN šá qi-bit KA-šú -ḫar-ma-ṭu KUR.MEŠ-e

1414

u A.AB.BA.MEŠ šá ina qi-it-ru-ub EN-ti-šú MAN.MEŠ-ni ek-du-te la pa-du-te TA ṣi-it dšam-ši a-di e-reb dšam-ši pa-a 1-en ú-šá-áš-kín URU.kal-ḫu

(14b) The ancient city Kalḫu which Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, a prince who preceded me, had built this city had become dilapidated; it lay dormant. I rebuilt this city. I took people which I had conquered from the lands over which I had gained dominion, from the land Sūḫu, (from) the entire land of Laqû, (from) the city Sirqu which is at the crossing of the Euphrates, (from) the entire land of Zamua, from Bīt-Adini and the land Ḫatti and from Lubarna, the Patinu. I settled (them) therein. I cleared away the old ruin hill (and) dug down to water level. I sank (the foundation pit) down to a depth of 120 layers of brick. I founded therein a palace of cedar, cypress, daprānu-juniper, boxwood, meskannu-wood, terebinth, and tamarisk as my royal residence (and) for my lordly leisure for eternity. I made (replicas of) beasts of mountains and seas in white limestone

1515

maḫ-ra-a šá mdsál-ma-nu-SAG MAN KUR -šur NUN a-lik pa-ni-a - URU šu-ú e-na-aḫ-ma iṣ-lal URU šú-ú ana -šú-te ab-ni UN.MEŠ ŠÚ-ti ŠU-ia šá KUR.KUR.MEŠ

1616

šá a-pe-lu-ši-na-ni šá KUR.su-ḫi KUR.la-qe-e ana si-ḫír-ti-šá URU.sir-qu šá -ber-ti ÍD.A.ŠÌTA KUR.za-mu-a ana paṭ gim-ri-šá KUR.É-a-di-ni u KUR.ḫat-te

1717

u šá mlu-bar-na KUR.pa-ti-na-a-a al-qa-a ina lìb-bi ú-šá-aṣ-bit DU₆ la-be-ru lu ú-na-ki-ir a-di UGU A.MEŠ lu ú-šá-píl 1 ME 20 tik-pi ina muš-pa-li

1818

lu ú-ṭa-bi É.GAL GIŠ.e-re-ni É.GAL GIŠ.ŠUR.MÌN É.GAL GIŠ.dap-ra-ni É.GAL GIŠ.TÚG.MEŠ É.GAL GIŠ.mes-kan-ni É.GAL GIŠ.bu-uṭ-ni u GIŠ.tar-pi-ʾi

1919

a-na šu-bat MAN-ti-a ana mul-ta--it EN-ti-a šá da-ra-te ina lìb-bi ad-di ú-ma-am KUR.MEŠ-e u A.AB.BA.MEŠ šá NA₄.pi-li -e

2020

u NA₄.pa-ru-te - ina .MEŠ-šá ú-še-zi-iz ú-si-im-ši ú-šar-riḫ-ši si-kát kar-ri ZABAR.MEŠ al-me-si GIŠ.IG.MEŠ GIŠ.e-re-ni GIŠ.ŠUR.MÌN

(20) and parūtu-alabaster (and) stationed (them) at its doors. I decorated it in a splendid fashion; I surrounded it with knobbed nails of bronze. I hung doors of cedar, cypress, daprānu-juniper, (and) meskannu-wood in its doorways. I took in great quantities and put therein silver, gold, tin, bronze, iron, booty from the lands over which I gained dominion.

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GIŠ.dap-ra-ni GIŠ.mes-kan-ni ina .MEŠ-šá ú-re-ti .BABBAR.MEŠ .GI.MEŠ AN.NA.MEŠ ZABAR.MEŠ AN.BAR.MEŠ ŠÚ-ti ŠU-ia šá KUR.KUR.MEŠ

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šá a-pe-lu-ši-na-ni a-na ma--diš al-qa-a ina lìb-bi ú-kín


Based on A. Kirk Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC I (1114-859 BC) (RIMA 2), Toronto, 1991. Adapted by Jamie Novotny (2015-16) and lemmatized and updated by Nathan Morello (2016-17) for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation-funded OIMEA Project at the Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as http://oracc.org/riao/Q004477/.