Category Archives: Lagash I and II Periods (c. 2570-2342 B.C.E.)

Lagash Periods (Lagash I and II)

The Lagash I period is also the Early Dynastic IIIb period.  The Lagash I dynasty ended with the reign of Uruinimgina (reigned 2351-2342 B.C.E.), who was defeated by Lugalzagesi of Uruk, who then controlled all of Mesopotamia (he also won … Continue reading

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Account of wooden objects

Clay tablet Lagash I, Uruinimgina (Urukagina) (c. 2351-2342 B.C.E.) FLP 17

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Ration list

Clay tablet Lagash I, Uruinimgina (Urukagina) (c. 2351-2342 B.C.E.) This tablet has not received a line-by-line translation from a scholar, but it has been determined by scholars to be a ration list,  a document that records the dispersal of rations … Continue reading

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Votive cone

Clay cone Lagash II, Ur-bau (c. 2153-2141 B.C.E) Ur-bau was a ruler of Lagash after the fall of the Akkadian empire. He was the father-in-law of the better-known Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.). It is believed that Lagash thrived after the … Continue reading

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Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E., Lagash II)

Photograph of a diorite statue British Museum, London Gudea was a Sumerian ruler of the city-state of Lagash.  He is best-known for building the temple at Girsu, where a number of statues depicting him were excavated. The statue shown here … Continue reading

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Agricultural text: Harvesting of Nippur

Clay tablet Lagash II, Gudea (c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.) A “gur” is a unit of measurement, the same idea as a cubic foot (of barley, wheat, water, or oil). A “gan” is a unit of area measurement. Translation: 210 less 2 … Continue reading

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Votive cone

Lagash II, Gudea (reigned c. 2141-2122 B.C.E.) Cones were inscribed and used mostly for votive purposes. They were placed in the walls of dwellings and public buildings as nails and a number of them were set in the foundations of … Continue reading

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