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Ea Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Tom Elliott
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jan 03, 2021 07:49 AM History
The Ea Gate, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Ea-muštēšir-nagbīšu ("The God Ea Is the One Who Keeps Its Spring(s) in Good Order"), is the seventh 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 first of the south-facing entrances to the city, but its precise location remains unknown.

https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/21271257

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate

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The Ea Gate is the first of Dūr-Šarrukīn’s two south-facing (meḫret šūti) gates. Because ‘south’ (Akkadian šūtu) can refer to both southwest and southeast in Akkadian sources, it is uncertain if the Ea Gate was located on the city’s southwest or southeast wall and, therefore, it is uncertain if that entranceway to Sargon II’s newly-constructed capital should be identified as Khorsabad Gate 4, Gate 5, or Gate 6. Since one expects a plain gate to be dedicated to Ea, Gate 5, the southernmost portal on the southwest wall, seems to be the most plausible suggested location for the Ea Gate; Gate 6 is a grand, decorated entrance and, thus, seem unlikely to have been named after Ea.


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Jamie Novotny, and Tom Elliott, 'Ea Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2021 <https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/21271257> [accessed: 28 November 2021]

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