Category Archives: Nebuchadnezzar II (588 B.C.E.)

Affidavit in three parts

Clay tablet Neo-Babylonian dynasty, Nebuchadnezzar II (605-562 B.C.E.). Sillaya, the son of Marduk-sarrani, has sworn an oath by the planet Jupiter, the star Sirius, and the majesty of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, as follows: I have not concealed any cattle; … Continue reading

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Litigation Over Real Estate

Clay tablets Neo-Babylonian Period, Nebuchadnezzar II (598 B.C.E) Translation of Cuneiform Tablets 1523 and 1524 “Tablets are duplicates differing only in alignment” Anum-aha-usur, Ibaya, and Nabu-ahhe-usallim, the sons of Bel-nasir, spoke as follows to Qabu, the son of Nabu-nasir: The … Continue reading

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The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Nebuchadnezzar II (c. 630-562 B.C.E.), King of Babylon (605-562 B.C.E.) The most famous Babylonian ruler, Nebuchadnezzar II was a powerful king who annexed part of the Egyptian empire, built a great palace, and ordered the construction of one of the … Continue reading

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Excavation site of the Ishtar Gate

Richard Halliburton’s Second Book of Marvels, “The Orient” (1938) This photograph from 1938 shows the excavation site of the Ishtar Gate.

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Ishtar Gate

Berlin, Germany The Ishtar Gate was the eighth gate into the city of Babylon. It was constructed around 575 B.C.E. by Nebuchadnezzar II (reigned 605-562 B.C.E.). The wall around the city of Babylon ran about 60 miles long and was … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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