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Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Dec 27, 2020 10:13 AM History
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The Assyrian king Sargon II (r. 721–705 BC) surrounded his new capital Dūr-Šarrukīn ("Fort Sargon") with a rectangular-shaped, 16,280-cubit-long inner and outer city wall. The name of the city wall (dūru) was Aššur-mušalbir-palê-šarri-ēpišīšu-nāṣir-ummānīšu ("The God Aššur Is the One Who Prolongs the Reign of Its Royal Builder (and) Protects His Troops") according to some Akkadian royal inscriptions, but Aššur-mulabbir-palê-šarri-ēpišīšu-nāṣir-perʾīšu ("The God Aššur Is the One Who Prolongs the Reign of Its Royal Builder (and) Protects His Offspring") according to other texts written in the name of Sargon II.

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wall (of a city), city wall


Traces of Dūr-Šarrukīn’s city walls are still visible today. According to Sargon II’s own inscriptions, the inner and outer city walls had eight gates, two on each stretch of wall. Seven of those entrances have been excavated. Because there is no one-to-one correlation between Sargon’s inscriptions and available archaeological evidence, scholars have forwarded several proposals about the identifications of the eight gates recorded in inscriptions with the excavated gates and have posited various interpretations on the location and identification of the ‘missing,’ eighth city gate.

The length of the wall of is recorded as 16,280 cubits: ŠÁR ŠÁR ŠÁR ŠÁR GÉŠ.U GÉŠ.U GÉŠ.U 1 UŠ 1½ NINDA 2 KÙŠ  and ŠÁR ŠÁR ŠÁR ŠÁR GÉŠ.U GÉŠ.U GÉŠ.U 1 UŠ 3 qa-ni 2 KÙŠ. The number is reported to have been ni-bit MU-ia (literally “the saying/pronunciation of my name.” As Grant Frame (RINAP 2) has recently pointed out “various proposals have been made by scholars over the years to explain how this would work, none has been convincing, although … a connection between the sign ŠÁR and the first part of Sargon’s name (šarru) would seem likely.” 

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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Aššur-mušalbir-palê-šarri-ēpišīšu-nāṣir-ummānīšu: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 14 May 2021]

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