SAA 10 188. The Ghost of the Queen (ABL 0614) [from exorcists]

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o 1'1'

[x x x x x x x x x x] LUGAL

o 2'2'

[x x x x x x x x x x] ši⸣-i

o 3'3'

[x x x x x x x x x an]-⸢ni⸣-e

o 4'4'

[x x x x x x x x x x]-MEŠ

o 5'5'

[x x x x x x x x x x]-⸢te⸣-em-ma

o 6'6'

[x x x x x x x x x x] ma

o 7'7'

[x x x x x x x x x x] UD-MEŠ

o 8'8'

[x x x x x x x x x x]+⸢x

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(r 1) [The crown prince] explained [it to] my [... as follows]:

r 22

[x x x x x x]-ia ú-⸢saḫ*⸣-kim*

r 33

ma⸣-a ina ke-nu-ti-šá -šur dšá-maš

(r 3) "Aššur and Šamaš ordained me to be the crown prince of Assyria because of her (= the dead queen's) righteousness." (And) her ghost blesses him in the same degree as he has revered the ghost: "May his descendants rule over Assyria!"

r 44

a-na DUMULUGAL-ú-te KUR-šur.KI

r 55

iq-ṭi-bu-ú-ni e-ṭém-ma-šá

r 66

i⸣-kar-rab-šú ki-i ša šu-ú

r 77

e-ṭém-mu ip-làḫ-u-ni ma-a MU-šú

r 88

NUMUN-šú KUR-šur.KI li--lu

r 99

pa⸣-laḫ DINGIR-MEŠ da-ma-qu ul-lad

(r 9) Fear of the gods creates kindness, fear of the infernal gods returns life. Let the [king, my] lord, give the order

r 1010

pa⸣-laḫ da-nun-na-ki ba-la-ṭu ú-tar

r 1111

[LUGAL be]-⸢* ṭè-e-[mu] liš-⸢kun

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(Remainder lost)

Adapted from Simo Parpola, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars (State Archives of Assyria, 10), 1993. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2016, as part of the research programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at LMU Munich (Karen Radner, Humboldt Professorship 2015). The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as