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Title: New Evidence for Warad-Sîn’s Mu-Malgium-Basig Year Name
Authors: Abraham, Kathleen # ×
Issue Date: 2008
Series Title: Revue d'Assyriologie et d'Archéologie Orientale vol:102 pages:27-38
Abstract: The tablet from the Moussaieff Collection published in this paper is a list of year names of King Warad-Sîn of Larsa. It contains eleven of the fourteen known year names, and a.o. also the mu-malgium-basig year name. Thus it reopens the discussion about the name or names for Warad-Sîn’s third and fourth years, and invites comment on the total length of his reign. The edition of the new tablet is followed by an in depth analysis of the new date list’s
composition, in particular in comparison with other date lists known for the reign of Warad-Sîn. The paper concludes
with an investigation as to whether the choice of particular events for some of the earlier year names of Warad-Sîn, and their unique arrangement in the new date list were motivated by political considerations.
Description: In southern Mesopotamia in the second millennium BCE regnal years were named after a significant event or events which occurred in the preceding full year of a king's reign. Kings commemorated their military victories and cultic and civic activities, such as building temples, city walls and gates, or digging canals, in their year names. A tablet in the Moussaieff collection contains a list of the names that were given to the years that Warad-Sîn ruled over Larsa (1835/34-1823 BCE). It contains eleven of the fourteen known year names, and also the mu-malgium-basig name. The latter commemorates Warad-Sîn's victory over Malgium, but it is still disputed to which year exactly in his reign it should be assigned. This uncertainty has led to different opinions among scholars about the total length of Warad-Sîn's reign. The article shows how the new date list from the Moussaieff collection may help solve these problems. It concludes with an investigation as to whether the choice of particular events for some of the earlier year names of Warad-Sîn, and their unique arrangement in the new date list were motivated by political considerations.
ISSN: 0373-6032
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Near Eastern Studies, Leuven
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