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Adad Gate

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jamie Novotny
Contributors: Jeffrey Becker
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Last modified Dec 29, 2020 09:54 AM History
The Adad Gate, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Adad-mukīn-ḫegallīya ("The God Adad Is the One Who Establishes My Prosperity"), is the second 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 eastward-facing entrances to the city.

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unlocated, gate (of a city), city gate


The Adad Gate is the second of Dūr-Šarrukīn’s two east-facing (meḫret šadî) gates. Because ‘east’ (Akkadian šadû) can refer to both southeast and northeast in Akkadian sources, it is uncertain if the Adad Gate was located on the city’s southeast or northeast wall and, therefore, it is uncertain if that entranceway to Sargon II’s newly-constructed capital should be identified as Khorsabad Gate 1, Gate 2Gate 3, or Gate 4. Since one expects a plain gate to be dedicated to Adad, Gate 2, the southernmost portal on the northeast wall, seems to be the most plausible suggested location for the Adad Gate; Gates 1 and 3 are both grand, decorated entrances and, thus, seem unlikely to have been named after the storm-god.

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Jamie Novotny, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Adad Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 11 December 2023]

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