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Summary

The Babylonian map of the world, from Sippar, Mesopotamia.

Class:

  • Find
  • visible
  • Location ± 100-500 m.
(see also PELAGIOS)

Identifiers:

Nearby

SIPPAR [Zimbir]

SIPPAR Abu Habba - Tell Abu Habbah

Ebabbar, Sippar [Zimbir]

Abu Habba - Tell Abu Habbah - temple of Shamash - E-babbar.

Enlil-bānī Kudurru

Enlil-bānī land grant kudurru

Hasardu kudurru from Sippar

Steles found in the Temple of Shamash. BM 90829

Images

Surroundings (Panoramio)

Annotation

The Babylonian clay "map of the world" unearthed in Sippar is currently housed in Brithish Muesum in London (BM 92687). This map dates back to Neo-Babylonian (Persian Period, ca 500 BC is copy of an earlier original of the Sargonid Period, (late eighth or seventh century BC).  It is a kind of Babylonian cosmographhy as it is a drawing and textual description of the Babylonian cosmos.

See:

  1. Carlo Zaccagnini, ‘Maps of the World’, in Giovanni B. Lanfranchi et al., Leggo! Studies Presented to Frederick Mario Fales on the occasion of his 65th birthday, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012, pp. 865-874.
  2. Irving L. Finkel, A join to the Map of the World: a notable discovery, British Museum Magazine: the Journal of the British Museum Friends (Winter 1995), pp. 26-27
  3. Eckhard Unger, Imago Mundi Vol. 2 , Iss. 1 -1937, pp. 1-7