Weld-Blundell Prism: The Sumerian King-List: Why did he write it?

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN1923.444
Why did he write it?

Weld-Blundell Prism Face c (a000142)
Weld-Blundell Prism Face c

There may well have been a political purpose in compiling the list:

  • It may have been meant to demonstrate that Babylonia had always been united under one ruler.
  • It was intended to imply that the rulers in different cities had ruled over the whole region.
  • The list legitimized the political ambitions of the ruler of Larsa at the time of writing.