Ur

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The ruins of Ur, with the Ziggurat of Ur visible in the background

Ur (/ʊər/; Sumerian: Urim; Sumerian Cuneiform: 𒋀𒀕𒆠 URIM2KI or 𒋀𒀊𒆠 URIM5KI; Akkadian: Uru; Arabic: أور; Hebrew: אור) was an important Sumerian city-state in ancient Mesopotamia, located at the site of modern Tell el-Muqayyar (Arabic: تل المقير) in south Iraq's Dhi Qar Governorate. The city's patron deity was Nanna (in Akkadian, Sin).

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  • ln my city I dug a canal of abundance and named it the Kec-kug canal;
    in Urim, I dug a canal of abundance and named it the Kec-kug canal.
    I named it the Pabi-luh canal, a lasting name worthy to be praised.
    The watercourse of my city is full of fish, and the air above it is full of birds.
    The watercourse of Urim is full of fish, and the air above it is full of birds.
    In my city honey-plants are planted, and the carp grow fat.
    In Urim honey-plants are planted, and the carp grow fat.
    The gizi reed of my city is so sweet that the cows eat them.
    The gizi reed of Urim is so sweet that the cows eat them.
    • Variant from Ur: I named it the Kec-kug canal. I named it the Pabi-luh canal, a lasting name worthy to be praised. The watercourse of my city is full of fish, and the air above it is full of birds. The city of the Kec-kug canal is full of fish, and the air above it is full of birds. The watercourse of the Pabi-luh canal is full of fish, and the air above it is full of birds. Its abundance brings fish and birds for me to the E-kic-nu-jal. Its banks are lush with licorice, a honey-sweet plant to eat. Its arable tracts grow fine grain sprouting abundantly like a forest.
    • Ur-Nammu, Ur-Namma the canal-digger (late 3rd millennium BCE to early 2nd millennium BCE), at The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature.

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