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Bēlet-ilī Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Tom Elliott
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Last modified Jan 03, 2021 07:50 AM History
The Bēlet-ilī Gate, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Bēlet-ilī-murappišat-talittīšu ("The Goddess Bēlet-ilī Is the One Who Increases Its (Animals’) Offspring"), is the eighth 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 south-facing entrances to the city, but its precise location remains unknown.

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


The Bēlet-ilī Gate is the second 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 Bēlet-ilī 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 3, Gate 4, or Gate 5. Since one expects a plain gate to be dedicated to Bēlet-ilī, Gate 4, the southernmost portal on the southeast wall, seems to be the most plausible suggested location for the Bēlet-ilī Gate; Gate 3 is a grand, decorated entrance and, thus, seem unlikely to have been named after Bēlet-ilī.

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

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