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Mašqû 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 Feb 07, 2018 06:20 AM History
Nineveh's western wall had seven (or eight) gates: the Mašqû Gate was the northernmost one. The Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib constructed it and gave it the Akkadian ceremonial name Ea-mušēšir-kuppīya, which means "The God Ea Is the One Who Properly Directs (Water Flow into) My Cisterns."

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.

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gate (of a city), city gate


The gate is mentioned in Akkadian inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib dating to 697-691 B.C. Some texts state that it was the first gate of the western stretch of wall, while others report that it was the fourth gate of the ten north- and west-facing gates. The position of the gate is known and it was excavated/restored in 1968-75. Around April 13, 2016, ISIS/ISIL demolished the Mašqû Gate.

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Jamie Novotny, 'Mašqû Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 06 July 2020]

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