Category Archives: Third Dynasty of Ur

Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2113-2004 B.C.E.)

The city-state of Ur is considered by many to be the home of the Biblical Abraham, the founding patriarch of the Israelites.  Ur was a powerful city-state that reached the zenith of its strength during the 22nd century, B.C.E. It … Continue reading

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Ur in the Third Millenium, B.C.E.

This diorama shows a twentieth-century idea of what Ur might have looked like during the Third Dynasty of Ur from around 2112 to 2004 B.C.E. The diorama is at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The … Continue reading

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Great Ziggurat of Ur

The Great Ziggurat was built by Ur-Nammu (reigned 2113-2096 B.C.E.) during the Third Dynasty of Ur. This photo shows the reconstructed facade of the edifice, which was commissioned by Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. The building was intended to serve … Continue reading

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Shulgi (c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.)

Shulgi was a Sumerian king during the Third Dynasty of Ur. His father, Ur-Nammu, founded the dynasty, and so Shulgi was the second king. Shulgi had a standing army, imposed new tax regulations, and instated government-owned production and distribution of … Continue reading

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Receipt

Clay tablet Ur III, Shulgi (c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.) FLP 136

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List of various kinds of animals

Clay tablet Ur III, Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.) FLP 268

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Tablet commemorating the building of a temple

Stone tablet Ur III, Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.) This tablet was written to be placed in the walls or foundation of a temple built by Shulgi.  The fact that it was carved in stone is a testament to the … Continue reading

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