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Ištar Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Tom Elliott
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Last modified Jan 03, 2021 08:17 AM History
The Ištar Gate, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Ištar-mušammeḫat-nišīšu ("The Goddess Ištar Is the One Who Makes Its People Flourish"), is the sixth of the eight city gates of Dūr-Šarrukīn ("Fort Sargon") listed by Sargon II (r. 721–705 BC) in inscriptions recording the construction of his new capital. This gate is the second of the west-facing entrances to the city, but its precise location is uncertain.

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


The Ištar Gate is the second of Dūr-Šarrukīn’s two west-facing (meḫret amurri) gates. Because ‘west’ (Akkadian amurru) can refer to both northwest and southwest in Akkadian sources, it is uncertain if the Ištar Gate was located on the city’s northwest or southwest wall and, therefore, it is uncertain if that entranceway to Sargon II’s newly-constructed capital should be identified as Khorsabad Gate 5, Gate 6, or Gate 7. Since one expects a grand gate to be dedicated to Ištar, Gate 6, the northernmost portal on the southwest wall, seems to be the most plausible suggested location for the Ištar Gate; Gate 5 and Gate 7 are both undecorated entrances and, thus, seem unlikely to have been named after this important goddess.

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Jamie Novotny, and Tom Elliott, 'Ištar Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <> [accessed: 01 March 2024]

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