Gudea and his Dynasty

By Sibylle Edzard

© 1997

Gudea ruled over the Sumerian city-state of Lagas during the 21st century B.C.E., and left an incredible wealth of inscriptions pertaining to his building activity and pious donations, displayed on statues, clay cylinders, mace heads, vessels and many other objects. The central part of the book is Gudea's incription dedicated to the construction of the Eninnu, the main sanctuary of his city-god Ningirsu. It is composed of two parts, each displayed on a huge clay cylinder measuring 60 cm in height and 33 cm in diameter. The composition as a whole has 1366 cases or lines, and is among the longest Sumerian literary texts known at present. Although formally a building inscription, it is at the same time Sumerian poetic art at its best, and also a rich source for the study of Sumerian religion.

Gudea's inscriptions and those of his predecessors and followers are offered in the Latin transliteration of the original cuneiform texts, in translation, and they are provided with introductions, commentaries and explanatory notes, with the volume as a whole highlighting a century which was part of the so-called Neo-Sumerian period.

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  • Series: RIM The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia
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  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.8in x 0.3in x 11.3in
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This volume of RIM focuses on the Second Dynasty of Lagas, and concentrates mainly on the inscriptions of Cylinders A and B of the most important king of that dynasty, Gudea.

Gudea and his Dynasty

By Sibylle Edzard

© 1997

Gudea ruled over the Sumerian city-state of Lagas during the 21st century B.C.E., and left an incredible wealth of inscriptions pertaining to his building activity and pious donations, displayed on statues, clay cylinders, mace heads, vessels and many other objects. The central part of the book is Gudea's incription dedicated to the construction of the Eninnu, the main sanctuary of his city-god Ningirsu. It is composed of two parts, each displayed on a huge clay cylinder measuring 60 cm in height and 33 cm in diameter. The composition as a whole has 1366 cases or lines, and is among the longest Sumerian literary texts known at present. Although formally a building inscription, it is at the same time Sumerian poetic art at its best, and also a rich source for the study of Sumerian religion.

Gudea's inscriptions and those of his predecessors and followers are offered in the Latin transliteration of the original cuneiform texts, in translation, and they are provided with introductions, commentaries and explanatory notes, with the volume as a whole highlighting a century which was part of the so-called Neo-Sumerian period.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: RIM The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.8in x 0.3in x 11.3in
  • Author Information

    Dietz Edzard is a professor for the Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie at the University of Munich. He has been active over the years at the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, and Italian excavations at Tell Marikh (Ebla), Northern Syria. He is a member of the International Committee for the Ebla texts, the Bavarian Academy, the Royal Netherlands Academy, the American Philosophical Society, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (Chicago Assyrian Dictionary), and the University Museum, Philadelphia. He has contributed work to the RIM Project since 1985, and currently Editor in charge of Early Periods.