SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Letter of Marduk-nāṣir to Ruttum (AbB III 15), read by Wilfred van Soldt

The transcription below is based on the transliteration in Altbabylonische Briefe vol. 3.

Original TranscriptEnglish Translation
1-4 ana ruttum qibīma umma marduk-nāṣir-ma šamaš u marduk dāriš ūmī liballiṭūki Say to Ruttum: thus (speaks) Marduk-nāṣir.  May Šamaš and Marduk keep you in good health forever.
5-7 še’um ša ibbašû ina sūt šamaš mahrīki lištanni-ma likkanik The grain which has sprung up should be washed and sealed with the measure of (the) Shamash (temple).
8-12 aššum babatim u ṣuhārātiša ṭarīdim kīma ištiššu ešrīšu aštapparakk[i]m ul tāpul[ī]n[n]i As for sending Babatum and her slave girls, I wrote to you again and again, ten times for one, (but) you did not answer me.
13-15 ibissâki tubta’’ilī appūna-ma ibissâm šani’am tassanahhurī You kept on making too big a loss.  Moreover, you keep on heading for another loss!
16-19 babātim lagabītum-balassu u abī-libluṭ ṭurdīššināti-ma luddiš Send me Babātum, Lagabītum and Abī-libluṭ, so I can start again.
20-23 awâtuya māti īnki imahharā ina lā mitaggurīya [ibi]ssâm tubtana’’alī When will my words please you?  By never agreeing with me, you will keep on making too big a loss!
24-26 ša aqabbûkim mugrīnni-ma awâtum lā ihhaṭṭiā Agree with what I say to you, so that matters are not neglected!
27-28 šumma haṭītam eppuš lā tamaggarīnni If I suggest a crime, (then) disagree with me!