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The Name of the Ninth Kassite Ruler

Michael C. Astour
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 106, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1986), pp. 327-331
DOI: 10.2307/601597
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/601597
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The Name of the Ninth Kassite Ruler
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Abstract

No continuous list of the Kassite dynasty is extant. Of its early rulers, King List A contains the names of only the first six, and the Synchronistic List, the first thirteen, but the name of the eleventh king is destroyed, and the name of the ninth is damaged. The purported inscription of Agum (II) Kakrime seemed to point to him as the ninth Kassite ruler. However, Weidner's reading of it as mA-gu-u[m] (in 1926) proved to be wrong upon the collation of the much eroded tablet by Kraus (in 1949), so that Weidner had to retract it (in 1960). The entry has remained vacant. However, the traces of the original signs visible in the collated copy of the line can be restored as m⌈kak⌉-⌈ri⌉-[m-m]e, which is a variant spelling of ka-ak-ri-me, the epithet or agnomen of Agum II. This reading would fill a gap in the sequence of the early Kassite kings, confirm the chronological position of Agum II, and provide a possible new etymology of his second name.

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