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Sîn 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 06:21 AM History
The northern city wall of Nineveh had three gates: the Sîn Gate was the westernmost of the three. The Neo-Assyrian king Sennacherib constructed it and called it the Gate of the Garden, which was given the Akkadian ceremonial name Igisigsig-mušammeh-ṣippāti ("The God Igisigsig Is the One Who Makes Orchards Flourish"). Late in 695 B.C. or early in 694 B.C., the gate was dedicated to the moon-god Sîn and renamed Nannāru-nāṣir-agê-bēlūtīya ("The Divine Nannāru Is the One Who Protects My Lordly Crown").

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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. In those texts, the Gate of the Gardens/Sîn Gate is always listed as the third gate of the northern stretch of wall. The gate is about 200 m from the western corner of the north wall. Part of its structure may have been excavated in 1965-66. 

By 691 B.C, the Akkadian ceremonial name Igisigsig-mušammeh-ṣippāti was reassigned to the Step Gate of the Gardens, which was located in western wall, probably near the western entrance of the Palace of Sennacherib; it was south of the Mašqû Gate and the Step Gate of the Palace.

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Jamie Novotny, 'Sîn Gate: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 26 September 2023]

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