Akkadian Prayer Miscellany

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

temple tablet

SB Prayer to Nabu from his Temple adjacent to Sargon's Palace at Dūr-Šarrukīn

This prayer was inscribed on at least nine stone architectural features in Nabu's temple, which lay adjacent to Sargon's palace (see figures to the right). The approximate locations where the text was inscribed in the temple are highlighted in yellow in the image on the far right. For a catalog of the exemplars and concise descriptions of their precise placement, see Frame 2021: 194, where he notes some uncertainty about the precise number of exemplars of the text due to unclear archaeological reports. The inscriptions remain in situ. The copy presented here comes from the hand of Thorkild Jacobsen, who produced an edition of the text for the field reports of the University of Chicago's excavations at Khorsabad in the 1930's. See Loud 1936 (→bibliography; →open-access) and Loud and Altman 1938 (→bibliography; →open-access). For Jacobsen's princeps edition, see Loud and Altman 1938: 103-104, which is only based on the five best preserved witnesses (his MSS A-E = Frame's Ex. 1-5). The most recent edition is Frame 2021 = RINAP 2, no. 22 (→bibliography; →library; and →open-access on ORACC with a full →score), who provides comprehensive bibliography for the text. Translations include Foster 2005: 786 (English); Seux 1976: 529-530 (French); and von Soden (German) in Falkenstein and von Soden 1953: 281.

Jacobsen's copy (above) follows his MS A = Frame's Ex. 1.