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Letter from Šu-Suen to Šarrum-bāni about digging a trench

1-2. Say to Šarrum-bāni: this is what Šu-Suen, your lord, says:

3-6. The messenger whom you have sent to me ……. …… you do not exceed …… my instructions, as I ordered you.
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As for myself, whatever you say to me …….

7-14. When you went into the province -- who but you (?) has approached the province? Spending the night ……. When their dignitaries have …… their words, if ……
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Their dignitaries should stand by you in (?) their quarters. When their …… have been cast away, they themselves …… the province.

15-20. If …… officials should pass by (?),
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By (?) placing the enemy, their cities, their borders ……, until {they come down} {(1 ms. has instead:) they come out from their fortress}, they must not overturn it!

21-22. When their men had killed, {their women} {(1 ms. has instead:) their soldiers} passed (?) through your cities of the province; it was not …….

23-24. That was how I instructed you. Why did you not act as I ordered you?

25-27. You were not empowered to kill anyone, to blind (?) people or to destroy cities; but I gave you authority to do so.

28-30. When my father Šulgi built the fortress ……, it was not you people who were involved -- and my throne is not the throne of Šulgi!

31-34. Concerning Lu-Enki, the ruler of the province of Zimudar, he should come to you, and should bring with him 60 troops. Let them be sent together with …….

35-36. ……, the archivist, made …… limited (?). According to the instructions that have been given to him, he should build that fortress.

37-38. And as for you, with the soldiers who are under your authority, get the trench dug!

39-42. So as not to change the attitude of the province, you people are not to release the workers while the land has not yet been secured.

43-45. Let messengers bring me news about those eastern provinces. This is urgent!

Revision history EFH, editor: adapting translation
06.x.2001: JAB, editor: proofreading
11.x.2001: GC, editor: SGML tagging
02.xi.2001: ER, editor: proofreading SGML
02.xi.2001: ER, editor: web publication GC/JE, editor/technical developer: XML/TEI conversion

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