ashmolean

Weld-Blundell Prism: The Sumerian King-List: Who write it?

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN1923.444
Who wrote it, when and where?

Map of Southern Iraq (a000151)
Map of Southern Iraq
  • It was written by an unnamed scribe in the city of Larsa in Babylonia about 1800BC.
  • At that time, the language of scholars was still that of the Sumerian-speaking peoples, who had inhabited the region for thousands of years.
  • However, the spoken language of the ordinary people of Larsa was Akkadian, which had superseded Sumerian in everyday life between 2300-2000BC.
  • So far as we know, virtually all scribes at this time were male.