Category Archives: Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.)

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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Account of new information on birds, eggs, and turtles

Clay tablet Ur III, middle of Sulgi’s reign (c. 2070 B.C.E.) Published by David I. Owen in 1981, this tablet may very well be the first extant example of a list of animals as observed in nature in an administrative … Continue reading

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List of gift items

Clay tablet Ur III, Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.) This is a list of items given as gifts: it includes garments, metal, stone objects, beads, and cylinder seals. FLP 194

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Contract

Clay tablet and envelope Ur III, Shulgi (reigned c. 2094-2047 B.C.E.) This document is a contract for a delivery of lard with a penalty clause. FLP 142

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