Litigation Over Real Estate


Baked clay tablet

Neo-Babylonian Period, Nebuchadnezzar II (588 B.C.E.)

Translation:

This is a tablet concerning a field planted in grain and dates alongside the Guzaru canal in the district of Uruk. It is a fifty-field belonging to Arad-Gula, son of Nadin and descendant of Sin-leq-unninni, on which Eanna-lip-usur, son          of Rimut and descendant of Sin-leq-uninni, bears responsibility for claims against the patrimonial estate. It is 250 cubits on the upper short side bordering (land of) Nabu-etir, son of Ukumu and descendant of Ekur-zakir; 250 cubits on the lower short side is adjacent to Arad-Gulu, son of Nadin and descendant of Sin-leq-uninni, seller of the field. The upper long side is adjacent to Nabu-etir, son of Ukumu; the lower long side borders on the field within a field. The fifty-field had these measurements from the lower part of the city to the upper part of the city. Marduk-sakin-sum, son of Taqis-Gula and descendant of Nur-Sin, together with Eanna-lip-usur, son of Rimut and descendant of Sin-leq-unninni, has set the price at 2/3 manu, 6 sheqels of silver. He has paid its full price. A total of 51 sheqels of silver in pieces, including a 5 sheqel additional payment, has been paid. Eanna-lip-usur, son of Rimut and descendant of Sin-leq-unninni, the price of his house, the full sum of silver has received from           Marduk-sakin-sum, son of Taqis-Gula and descendant of Nur-Sin. He is clear. There is to be no contest. They are not to charge one another or enter litigation. In the future if any of the brothers, sons, family, kin, or relatives of Eanna-lip-usur, son of Rimut and descendant of Sin-leq-unninni, bring a claim      against this field or incite (someone else) to make a claim, the contract is broken. The claimant on that field shall pay 12-fold. The following were present at the sealing of this tablet:

Kudurri, son of Mukin-zer and descendant of Hunzu;

Bel-ahhe-iqisa, son of Bamma and descendant of Arabtum;

Gimillu, son of Bel-sum-iskan and descendant of the family of house builders;

Nadin, son of Iqisaya and the descendant of Nur-sin;

Sakin-sum, son of Nabu-nasir and descendant of Nur-sin;

Itti-Samas-balatu, son of Nadnaya and descendant of Bel-apla-usur;

Belatsu, son of [xx]-A and descendant of Nabaya;

Bel-nadin-apla, son of Iddin-Marduk and descendant of Etir-Sin;

Belatsu, son of Kiribtu and descendant of Etir-Marduk;

Innina-zer-ibni, son of Ardiya and descendant of the family of fishermen.

Scribe: Eanna-lipi-usur, son of Rimut and descendant of Sin-leq-unninni.

In Babylon on the 13th day of the month Addaru in the 17th year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

The nail-mark of Eanna-lipi-usur is affixed as his seal.

FLP 1533

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