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Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Feb 07, 2018 02:17 PM History
A ziggurat dedicated to the goddess Ištar was built near the center of the citadel of Nineveh, not far from the city’s main temple Emašmaš. This structure was given the Sumerian ceremonial names Ekituškuga ("House, Pure Abode") and Ekibikuga ("House whose Site is Pure").

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unlocated, temple


The ziggurat is called Ekituškuga in an inscription of the Old Assyrian king Šamšī-Adad I and Ekibikuga in a text of the Neo-Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. According to Šamšī-Adad I, the Sargonic king Man-ištūšu worked on this building. The Middle Assyrian king Shalmaneser I completely rebuilt it after it had been damaged by an earthquake.

The ziggurat is still unlocated, but it is generally thought to have been not far from the south-west gate of the lštar Temple. This more or less follows what the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib states in inscriptions recording the construction of his palace; the old South-West Palace’s eastern side was opposite the western face of the ziggurat. In 1929, in the area west of Emašmaš and northeast of Sennacherib’s palace, the British archaeologist R.C. Thompson discovered a "raised terrace or platform in the centre of the mound ... solidly built of rough-hewn stones, 8-9 feet high." It has been suggested that this might have been a precursor of the ziggurat built by Šamšī-Adad I in the Old Assyrian Period.

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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Ekituškuga: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 08 February 2023]

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