Kaštiliašu and the Sumundar canal: A new middle Babylonian royal inscription

Kathleen Abraham, Uri Gabbay

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This article presents an edition of a new royal inscription of the Kassite king Kaštiliašu. The inscription is preserved on a clay tablet and deals with the digging of the Sumundar canal. In the following discussion we identify the king in the inscription as Kaštiliašu III, known from the Synchronistic King List. The genealogy of the king in the inscription is compared to that known from the Synchronistic King list and other sources. The article also deals with the location of the Sumundar canal and with the religious ceremonies which were connected to royal canal digging.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)183-195
Number of pages13
JournalZeitschrift fur Assyriologie und Vorderasiastische Archaeologie
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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1 We would like to thank John Brinkman, Karel Van Lerberghe, Wil-fried van Soldt and Frans van Koppen for reading and commenting on an earlier version of this article. K. Abraham’s research on this article has been funded by the Interuniversity Attraction Poles Programme initiated by the Belgian Science Policy Office. We would also like to thank Walther Sallaberger and Antoine Cavigneaux for their editorial remarks. In this article we follow the traditional middle chronology. 2 For a survey of the secondary evidence see Pruzsinszky (2009); see also Table 1 in van Koppen (2010, 459). For a survey of the few primary sources that are available for the early Kassite period see van Koppen (2010, 455–459).


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