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)

Why did he write it?

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