Weld-Blundell Prism: The Sumerian King-List

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN1923.444)

Weld-Blundell Prism: The Sumerian King-List
(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN1923.444)

What did he write?

Weld-Blundell Prism Face b (a000141)
Weld-Blundell Prism Face b
  • This is the most extensive surviving list of the rulers of southern Iraq for the period from c.3200-1800BC.
  • This was a time when local city-states struggled with one another for supremacy.
  • This version of the list combines older lists into a continuous sequence of rulers, many of whom were in fact contemporaneous.
  • Both in the sequence and in the comments in the text fact and fantasy are freely blended, particularly in the earlier sections.
  • This is a work of literature, not of history as we would understand it.