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Letter from Aradĝu (?) to Šulgi about bandits and Apillaša

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1-7. The men (?) started irrigation work (?) on the watercourses, {…… the watercourses ……} {(1 ms. has instead:) and dug and cleaned them out thoroughly}. These bandits and brigands applied their hoes to levelling the desert completely. As for their men and their women {(1 ms. adds:) …… the road (?) ……}: the man among them goes wherever he pleases, {the woman among them} {(1 ms. has instead:) the woman}, holding a spindle and hair clasp in her hand, {goes (?)} {(1 ms. has instead:) ……} {(1 other ms. has instead:) going} the way of her choice. In the vastness of the desert {they set up} {(1 ms. has instead:) they knock up} animal pens, and {after setting up their tents and camps} {(1 ms. has instead:) they lie in (?) green meadows in their (?) tents and camps}, their workers and agricultural labourers spend the day together on the fields.

8-14. I have not neglected the instructions of my lord Šulgi: both at night and in the noonday heat I …… my neck; I …… the workload (?) concerned. Since his childhood, Apillaša {has ……} {(1 ms. has instead:) has not ……}. A man such as he knows my heart, as your eyes {know} {(1 ms. has instead:) have seen}. My lord, with the open eye of a god, {…… to (?) an evildoer ……} {(1 ms. has instead:) you (?) know the evildoer}. While the great …… official of all the foreign lands surpasses ……, my lord, you (?) surpass all great things, …… an equal.

15-20. {The report is returned (?) ……;} {(1 ms. has instead:) Whatever statements have been made ……,} your matter is an important matter, and your affairs are great affairs. His pleasant words are in your heart, ……. They (?) are the people. Your eyes ……. How could I bear a grudge? I am securing the foundations of the province, and making it obedient. My lord, no king can rival you; let your heart be glad!

Revision history

01.v.2001-04.v.2001: EFH, editor: adapting translation
06.x.2001: JAB, editor: proofreading
11.x.2001: GC, editor: SGML tagging
26.x.2001: ER, editor: proofreading SGML
26.x.2001: ER, editor: web publication GC/JE, editor/technical developer: XML/TEI conversion

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