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SAA 21 018

  • CDLI P237945
  • Collection no.: BM —
  • Accession no.: K 00938
  • Primary publication(s): ABL 0292


  • Provenience: Nineveh (Pleiades ID: 874621)
  • Archive: 099 - Miscellaneous
  • Language: Akkadian (Neo-Babylonian)
  • Genre: Administrative Letter
  • Object type: tablet
  • Material: clay
  • Script: Neo-Babylonian


  • Period: Neo-Assyrian
  • Reign: Ashurbanipal (668-ca. 631)
  • Dated: no
  • Proposed Date: (650-648)

Sender Information

  • Sender: the king
  • Location: Nineveh
  • Recipient: Il[lil-ban]i, Nippu[reans]
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SAA 21 018. His Weight of Gold to Whoever Catches Šamaš-šumu-ukin (ABL 0292)

o 1o 1

a-mat LUGAL a-na md+EN.[LÍLba]-⸢ni

(1) The king's word to Il[lil-ban]i and the Nippu[reans ol]d and young, every one of [my servants]: I am well; you can be glad.

o 22


o 33

ù TUR-MEŠ [ARAD-MEŠ-ia] mál ba-šu-ú

o 44

DI-mu ia-a-ši ŠÀ-ba-ku-nu lu-u DÙG.GA-ku-nu-šú

o 55

at-tu-nu ti-da-a šá ina ŠÀ GÍR AN.BAR šá

(5) You know that through the iron sword of Aššur and my gods you had that entire land consumed by fire, so that the land has retreated, been subjugated, and turned its face once again towards me. And now life has become narrow for him.

o 66

AN.ŠÁR DINGIR-MEŠ-e-a KUR ul-li-ti* gab-bi-šá

o 77

i-šá-a-tu tu-šá-ki-la u KUR ki-i taḫ-ḫi-sa

o 88

ta-at-tak-ba-as u pa-ni-šá ana UGU-ḫi-ía

o 99

tu-ut-tir-ma u en-na is-si-qa-áš-šú

o 1010

dul-lu gab-bi šá ul-tu UD-MEŠ ul-li-ti

(10) All the work that you have done since those days behold, now [...] it is time for you to keep him under watch, and lest he escape, you are to seize all his roads. In all the roads, just as sieves are placed at the outlets of gutters in order to filter away splinters, litter and trash, in like manner you are to filter and examine all the roads.

o 1111

te*-pu*-šá- a-mur* en-na x x si-ma-nu

o 1212

šá EN.NUN-šú ta-na-aṣ-ṣa-ra lapa-an

o 1313

ḫi-li-qu KASKAL.2-MEŠ-šú gab-bi tu-ṣab-ba-ta

o 1414

ina gab-bi KASKAL.2-MEŠ ki-i šá šá-ḫi-li

o 1515

ina mu-še-ṣi-i i-šak-kan-ú-ma

o 1616

ḫu-ṣa-bu si-ip-ru u ga-la-lu

o 1717

i-šaḫ-ḫa-lu appít-te ta-šaḫ-ḫa-la

o 1818

ina UGU KASKAL.2-MEŠ gab-bi ta-az-ziz-za

o 1919

mìn-de-e-ma sar-ta-at-ti ra-man-šú

(19) Maybe he will change his looks to get out like a thief; do not let anyone pass uninterrogated, even if he should pass with a face of gypsum!

o 2020

ú-šá-an--e-ma uṣ-ṣa- mam-ma

o 2121

šá la šá-ʾa-a-li la tu-maš-šar-a-ma

b.e. 22b.e. 22

la it-ti-iq u ki-i

b.e. 2323

ina pa-ni gaṣ-ṣu-te it-ti-qu

b.e. 2424

man-nu šu-ú šá Á.2-MEŠ-šú

r 1r 1

lapa-ni-šú ú-šaḫ-ḫa-sa na-an-nab-šú

(r 1) Whoever keeps his hands off him, I will delete his posterity; but if one takes him prisoner and brings him into my presence, even if he should kill him, just as my grandfather on account of Šuzubu placed Adda-barakka on scales, and weighed out and cast him his weight of silver, so I will now place on scales whomever takes him prisoner, even if he should kill him, and weigh out and give him his weight of gold.

r 22

ú-šel-li u iṣ-ṣab-bat-áš-šum-ma

r 33

a-na pa-ni-ia ib-ba-kaš-šú u ki-i

r 44

i-duk-ku- ki-i šá ADAD-ía ina UGU

r 55

mšu-zu-bu a-na mdIMba-rak-ka

r 66

ina GIŠ.zi-ba-ni-ti -kun-ú-šú-ma

r 77

KUG.UD ma-lu--šú i-ḫi-ṭu-ma id-da-áš-šú

r 88

en-na ana-ku man-nu šá iṣ-ṣab-bat-áš-šum-ma

r 99

u ki-i i-duk-ku- ina ŠÀ GIŠ.ERIM

r 1010

a-šak-kan-šú-ma KUG.GI ma-lu--šú

r 1111

a-ḫa-ṭi-ma a-nam-da-áš-šú

r 1212

mi-nu-ú aḫḫur mi-nu-ú aḫḫur

(r 12) What else, what else?

r 1313

a-du-ú al-tap-rak-ku-nu-ši

(r 13) Now then I am writing to you: be attentive, considering that since life has become narrow for him, he is seeking ways to get out and escape.

r 1414

lu-u pít-qu-da-tu-nu a-mur ki-i

r 1515

i-si-qa-áš-šú pa-an šá mu-ṣe-e-šú

r 1616

ú-ba-ʾe-e-ma i-ḫal-liq

Adapted from Simo Parpola, The Correspondence of Ashurbanipal, Part I: Letters from Assyria, Babylonia, and Vassal States (State Archives of Assyria, 21), 2018. Adapted by Jamie Novotny and lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2018, 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