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Anu Gate

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 Dec 30, 2020 11:11 AM History
The Anu Gate, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Anu-mušallim-epšēt-qātīya ("The God Anu Is the One Who Makes My Undertakings Successful"), is the fifth 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 first of the west-facing entrances to the city.

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


The Anu Gate is the first of Dūr-Šarrukīn’s two west-facing (meḫret amurri) gates. Because ‘west’ (Akkadian amurru) can refer to both northwest and southwest in Akkadian sources, it is uncertain if the Anu Gate was located on the city’s northwest or southwest wall and, therefore, it is uncertain if that entranceway to Sargon II’s newly-constructed capital should be identified as Khorsabad Gate 6, Gate 7, or Citadel Gate B. Since one expects a plain gate to be dedicated to Anu, Gate 7 seems to be the most plausible suggested location for the Anu Gate; Gate 6 and Citadel Gate B are both grand, decorated entrances and, thus, seem unlikely to have been named after Anu.

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Jamie Novotny, 'Anu Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 03 October 2023]

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