Yale Oriental Series; Researches Volume 5, No. 3

Yale Oriental Series; Researches Volume 5, No. 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...of the rulers of this dynasty and their contemporaries are frequently made in later inscriptions. These furnish us with material which make it possible to rewrite a fairly complete outline of the history covering the reigns of these three important kings, Lugal Marda, Tammuz, and Gilgamesh. The so-called "Legend of the Zu bird," found in the Library of Ashurbanipal, has been known for many years. It acquaints us with the fact that an enemy designated as "Zu the storm-bird" had robbed Enlil of Nippur of the "tablets of destiny." This, of course, can only mean his supremacy as "lord of lands." But Zu, whose name was written dIm-Dugudhu, was not a bird, nor the "personification of some solar deity," but a human being, an invader, who lived in an inaccessible distant mountain. We learn that Lugal Marda, "a shepherd," came to the rescue of the land; by some kind of strategy, succeeded in bringing back the "tablets of destiny"; and in restoring Enlil to his position. For this act he is in time credited with the title: "The Enlil of Kullab, Lugal Marda, ' which was adopted as the name of a star.11 Kullab was a part of Erech, and is doubtless where he erected his palace. It was to the "distant mountain Sabu" that Lugal 'Ungnad makes the date of the beginning of the third known dynasty, that of I Ur, at 3927 B.C. (ZDMG 1917, 166). Meissner put it at about 3900 B.C. (Babylonien und Assynen p. 23); Weidner 4148 B.C. (MVAG 1921 61); Legrain, 4340 B.C. Historical Fragments 11). Eawlinson, 46, 1:27. Marda went, in pursuit of Zu. Sabu was in the Lebanon range.2 In other words, the enemy Zu represented an Amorite or West Semitic power, which doubtless had invaded Babylonia.3...show more

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