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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").

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. 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: 06 July 2020]

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