Akkadian Prayer Miscellany

Alan Lenzi, University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)

Ashurnaṣirpal I's Prayer to Ishtar


This prayer in Standard Babylonian Akkadian is best attested on 1880-07-19, 0152 + 1881-02-04, 0188, housed in the →British Musuem in London. Although 1881-02-04, 0188 was published in the late nineteenth century (Brünnow 1890: 55–56, 66–76, 79–80), Von Soden published the first modern edition of the prayer in AfO 25, 38-45 (→bibliography). Note Lambert's comments in AfO 27, 71-72, note 2 (→bibliography). Lambert's copy of the tablet is now available in George and Taniguchi 2019, no. 56 (→bibliography; →library). Only recently, Zsombor Földi, part of the electronic Babylonian Library Project at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in München under the direction of Enrique Jiménez, has found a very, very small unpublished fragment, K.16929, which duplicates the ends of the lines in obv. 16–27 and rev. 27–34. Translations include Foster 2005: 327-330 (English); Seux 1976: 497-501 (French, with many useful annotations); Labat 1970: 250-252 (French); and von Soden (German) in Falkenstein and von Soden 1953: 264-268. For a full literary-exegetical reading of the prayer, see Lenzi, forthcoming (→bibliography).