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Temple District of Me-Turnat

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Tom Elliott
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Last modified Jan 30, 2018 11:02 AM History
This temple district may have called Sirara. The temple of the god Nergal (Ešahula) was located there.

Base map by Ryan M. Horne for Pleiades and the Ancient World Mapping Center (ancient terrain after the Barrington Atlas). Map interaction design and implementation by Sean Gillies, David Glick, Alec Mitchell, and Tom Elliott for Pleiades.

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  • Sirara (Akkadian, 720 BC - 540 BC)
  • Ešahula at Temple District of Me-Turnat (720 BC - 540 BC)



A large number of bricks found in a temple dedicated to the god Nergal at Tell Haddad (ancient Mê-Turnat) are inscribed with an Akkadian text of Ashurbanipal which describes how the king enlarged the courtyard of the temple Ešaḫula ("House of the Happy Heart"). In that text,  the god Nergal is referred as "the lord of Sirara" (bēl Sirara), presumably the name of the temple district of  Mê-Turnat.

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Jamie Novotny, and Tom Elliott, 'Temple District of Me-Turnat: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 10 July 2020]

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