Baked clay cylinder


Neo-Babylonian Period, Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 B.C.E.)

This barrel-shaped cylinder contains a standard text for the reign of Nebuchadnezzar II. It is a copy of one of the king’s own writings, in which he prides himself on his civic and religious accomplishments rather than on his military conquests. In fact, this marked the beginning of a trend with Neo-Babylonian kings. Almost all of the written evidence from the period attests to building projects, gifts to temples, and temple remodelling projects with virtually no mention of military campaigns.

FLP, unnumbered cylinder

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