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a Pleiades place resource

Creators: M. Roaf, St J. Simpson Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Mar 22, 2023 03:26 PM History
Dilbat (modern Tell ed-Duleym), a small city southeast of Babylon on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, was the cult center of the god Uraš and the goddess Ninegal. The site consists of two mounds of ruins: the larger, eastern mound contains the remains of earlier building phases (going back to the city’s founding in the Early Dynastic Period, ca. 2700 BC), while the smaller, western ruin hill contains the first-millennium-BC and later building occupations (down to the early Islamic Period). Little is known about the cultic topography of this small Babylonian city. Two first-millennium-BC ziggurat lists and a few Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian royal inscriptions record that Dilbat’s main temple was E-ibbi-Anum and its ziggurat was Eguba’anki, both were dedicated to Uraš. The temple of Ninegal (Bēlet-ēkalli) might have been named Esapar. Recent excavations on the eastern mound have unearthed the Kassite-Period remains of E-ibbi-Anum.

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settlement, archaeological site

Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 91 F5 Dilbat

Mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the ziggurat E-ibe-Anu stood in the city center. The Barrington Atlas Directory notes: Tell al-Deylam.

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M. Roaf, St J. Simpson, Sean Gillies, Jeffrey Becker, Carolin Johansson, Jamie Novotny, Tom Elliott, DARMC, R. Talbert, and Rune Rattenborg, 'Dilbat: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2023 <> [accessed: 04 March 2024]

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