Amar-Sin

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An architectural foundation-nail figurine depicting king Amar-Sin himself carrying the builder's wicker traybasket

Amar-Sin (Akkadian: 𒀭𒀫𒀭𒂗𒍪}}: DAmarDSîn, after the Moon God Sîn", the "𒀭" being a silent honorific for "Divine"), initially misread as Bur-Sin (ca. 1981–1973 BCE short chronology) was the third ruler of the Ur III Dynasty. He succeeded his father Shulgi (ca. 2029–1982 BCE).

Quotes about Amar-Sin[edit]

  • [B]uilt with gold, and decorated with lapis lazuli.
    He applied himself to building the temple;
    king Amar-Suena applied himself to building the temple.
    The people turned against the king.
    [...]
    In the first year the temple remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    [...]
    In the second year it remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    [...]
    In the third year it remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    Amar-Suena could not interpret the temple's ominous sign among the birch trees.
    In the fourth year it remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    Although he had been advised by a sage, he could not realise the plans of the temple.
    In the fifth year it remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    [...]
    In the sixth year it remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    He was searching for the divine plan of the temple, but could not find it.
    In the seventh year it remained in ruins, and he did not restore it.
    Enki spoke to him about the temple, the temple that did not exist.
    In the eighth year, he applied himself to building the temple.
    By the ninth year, king Amar-Suena built the E-uduna of the wise lord.
    [...]
    Then the lord, the great lord Enki, destroyed the site of his own temple.

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