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a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Feb 07, 2018 06:28 AM History
One of the temples in the citadel of Nineveh that was dedicated to Nabû, the god of scribes; it is located north of the temple of the goddess Ištar (Emašmaš). The Sumerian ceremonial name Ezida means "True House."

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    • Ezida (Sumerian, 1000 BC - 540 BC)
    • Less than certain: bīt Haya (Akkadian, 720 BC - 540 BC)
    • bīt Nabû (Akkadian, 1000 BC - 540 BC)



According to a chronographic text referred to in scholarly literature as the Eponym Chronicle, the Nabû temple at Nineveh was founded and inaugurated in the years 788 and 787 B.C. (reign of Adad-nārārī III). This statement is supported by the discovery of inscribed bricks in the ruins of the temple. Ezida was later rebuilt by Sargon II, Esarhaddon, and Ashurbanipal; the latter ruler greatly expanded its courtyard, which he paved with small inscribed stone slabs. King Sennacherib is known to have renovated a shrine of the god Ḫaya (the god of scribes), but it is uncertain whether this sanctuary was part of the Ezida temple at Nineveh or was located elsewhere (possibly in Ashur).

The temple was excavated in 1904-05 and 1927-28.

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Jamie Novotny, 'Ezida: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 20 May 2024]

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