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Mullissu Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Dec 30, 2020 09:39 AM History
The Mullissu Gate, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Mullissu-muddišat-ḫiṣbi ("The Goddess Mullissu Is the One Who Restores Abundance"), is the fourth 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 north-facing entrances to the city.

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


The Mullissu Gate is the second of Dūr-Šarrukīn’s two north-facing (meḫret ištāni) gates. Because ‘north’ (Akkadian ištānu) can refer to both northeast and northwest in Akkadian sources, it is uncertain if the Mullissu Gate was located on the city’s northeast or northwest wall and, therefore, it is uncertain if that entranceway to Sargon II’s newly-constructed capital should be identified as Khorsabad Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 7, or a hitherto undiscovered (postern) gate on the northwest or southwest side of the citadel. Since one expects a plain gate to be dedicated to Mullissu (when compared to Šamaš, Enlil, and Ištar), the most plausible suggested location for the Mullissu Gate might be a hitherto undiscovered (postern) gate, probably located on the northwest side of the citadel (as suggested by Laura Battini); Gate 1 is a grand, decorated entrance, Gate 2 was probably is Adad Gate, and Gate 7 was very likely the Anu Gate, the first of the two west-facing entrances (since that portal actually faces 'west,' not 'north').

With regard to the location of the undiscovered (postern) gate, Battini places the Mullissu Gate on the northwest side of the citadel terrace, just east of the northwest corner. Her proposed placement is based on the fact that that location is 1380 m from Gate 6 (Ištar Gate), which is the same distance to Gate 3 (Šamaš Gate) on the southeast wall, and 1665 m from Gate 2 (Adad Gate), which is equidistance to Gate 5 (Ea Gate) on the southwest wall.

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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Mullissu Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 23 February 2024]

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