Akkadian Prayer Miscellany

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

courtyard tablet

SB Prayer to Shamash in Sargon's Palace at Dūr-Šarrukīn

This prayer was inscribed on a stone threshold and placed at the entryway to the deity's chapel, accessed through what archaeologists have labeled courtyard XXVII in the complex of Sargon's palace (see figures to the right). This inscription was so poorly preserved that it was not copied or photographed at the time of its excavation. As the report states: "The limestone threshold intended for doorway Z'' lies even more out of place than does that belonging to portal Z. It has an inscription, so badly weathered as to be undecipherable except for the first line, which fortunately gives us the name of the deity" (Loud 1936 (→bibliography; →open-access): 102). The Akkadian provided here is simply a guess based on this description. Its remains presumably were left in situ (see Frame 2021: 187 = RINAP 2, no. 21 (→bibliography; →library; and →open-access on ORACC).

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