Demand for Tablets for the Libary of Ashurbanipal

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 October 2014

These two almost similar letter tablets were excavated at the city of Borsippa and were mailed from Nineveh. The Assyrian king Ashurbanipal ordered his emplyees to find local copies of particular compositions, which the royal library at Nineveh lacks. The king's scribes could then write new copies in the Assyrian script.

Neo-Assyrian period, 7th century BCE. From Borsippa (modern-day Birs Nimrud, Babel Governorate, Iraq), Mesopotamia. (The British Museum, London).


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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