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AN ADAB COMPOSITION OF NERGAL/MESLAMTAEA AT LAGAŠ AND ĜIRSU FOR ŠULGI

Jeremiah Peterson
Journal of Cuneiform Studies
Vol. 67 (2015), pp. 45-63
DOI: 10.5615/jcunestud.67.2015.0045
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5615/jcunestud.67.2015.0045
Page Count: 19

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Abstract A newly reconstructed adab cultic song of the god Nergal/Meslamtaea from Old Babylonian Nippur in the University Museum in Philadelphia is highly comparable in content to a tigi cultic song of Nergal housed in the Louvre Museum, Paris. As such, it constitutes a rare example of the same approximate text being presented as two different types of cultic songs. It describes Enlil's furnishing of the power of fate determination to Nergal, the goddess Baba's installation of Nergal in the Irikug sacred precinct of the city of Ĝirsu, and the role of king Šulgi as the provisioner of the region of Lagaš, hinting at cultic and political developments during Šulgi's reign.

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