Proverbs of Ancient Sumer 2 pl. 117

SEAL no. 1758

Copy / Photo
vol. II pl. 117
Tablet Siglum
YBC 9886
Collection
Yale Babylonian Collection, New Haven
Edition
vol. I 121f.
Studies
Genre / Classification
Wisdom Literature, Proverb
Bilingual
Text

Obv.

1 am-si ni-ta-na máš-anše dŠakan-ka

2 níg-gá-gi-na-am al-sá-me-en nu-gál na-ab-bé-a

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3 al-ti-ri-gu mu-na-ni-ib-gi4-gi4

4 ù gá-e i-gi4-te-mu-uš

5 za-a-gi-nam al-sá-me-en-e-še

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6 am-si ma-sa-a e-de-de-en

7 i-im-tu-mu-u n-e-še

Rev.

um-ma pi-ru-um i-na- ra-ma-ni-ša

i-na bu-ul ša-am-ka-an

10 ša ki-ma ia-ti-ma zu-ú ú-ul i-ba-ši

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11 si-pi-di-qá-ar i-ip-pa-al

12 ù a-na-ku ki-ma ka-a-ti

13 a-na ma-na-ti-ia-ma zé-a-ku

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14 pi-ra a-na i-le-pi ṭi-bi-tim

15 a-na šu-li-i i-ri-id-du-ú

Translation

1// 8 An elephant said to himself:

2//9 "Among the animals,

2//10 there is no excrement like mine."

3//11 A S.-bird answered:

12-13 "And I, in my proportion, I defecate like you!"

14-15 An elephant that goes down to raise a sinking ship.

Vocabulary
Word Translation Semantic Line
būl Šakkan (//máš-anše dšakkan) animals, livestock of Šakkan Fauna (wild) 1//9
eleppum (//ma) ship, boat Fabricated objects 6//14
manâtum (// i-gi4-te) accounting Abstract concepts 4//13
pīrum (//am-si) elephant Fauna (wild) 1//8,6//14
sipidqar (//al-ti-ri-gu) bird (kind of) Fauna (wild) 3//11
zûm excrement Body/Body parts 10, 13
Revision History
Wagschal, Avigail
Transliteration and indexing
17/03/10
Wasserman, Nathan
Web-formatting
24/03/10
Meltzer, Keren
Translation
07/04/10
Wasserman, Nathan
Corrections
22/01/11
Streck, Michael P.
Web-formatting
12/01/12
Streck, Michael P.
Corrections
04/04/12