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Šibaniba Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Feb 13, 2018 11:37 PM History
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Most 7th-century B.C. Assyrian inscriptions record that Nineveh had eight south- and east-facing gates: the Šibaniba Gate was the seventh of these. The Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib constructed it and gave it the Akkadian ceremonial name Dumuq-ašnan-u-lahar-qerebša-kayyān, which means "The Choicest of Grain and Flocks Are Constantly Inside It."

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.


https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/719936356

36.3718555, 43.1668081
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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate

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The gate is mentioned in Akkadian inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib dating to 697-691 B.C. Most of Sennacherib’s inscriptions record that the Šibaniba Gate was the seventh of the south- and east-facing gates. One inscription, however, states that it was the sixth of those gates.

The gate’s exact position is uncertain and cannot be confirmed from in-situ inscriptions. Most scholarly reconstructions place the Šibaniba Gate about 900 m or 1,450 m south of the northeast corner of Nineveh’s wall (coordinates: respectively 36.3718555, 43.1668081 and 36.3674842, 43.1700696). Julian Reade (SAAB 22 [2016], 77-80) has recently suggested two alternative locations for this gate: (1) approximately 2,000 m south of the northeast corner (coordinates: 36.3632768, 43.1724032), the spot where scholars traditionally locate the Step Gate, and (2) about 2,800 m north of the southeast corner, just south of the Khosr River, the location where most scholarly reconstructions place the Mullissu Gate (coordinates: 36.361431, 43.173201). Given the fairly regular spacing of the gates along the eastern stretch of wall, the Šibaniba Gate in this resource is tentatively located 900 m south of the northeast corner of the city.


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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Šibaniba Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/719936356> [accessed: 12 August 2020]

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