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Erishhum I

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Erishum I Išši’ak Aššur Reign fl. c. 1974 BC — c. 1934 BC Predecessor Ilu-shuma Successor Ikunum Father Ilu-shuma Erishum I or Erišu(m) I (inscribed me-ri-šu, or mAPIN-ìš in later texts but always with an initial i in his own seal, inscriptions, and those of his immediate successors,[1]:40 “he has desired,”[2]) c. 1905 BC — c. 1866 BC (short chronology) or c. 1974 BC — c. 1935 BC (middle chronology),[nb 1] son of Ilu-shuma, was the thirty-third ruler of Assyria to appear on the Assyrian King List. He reigned for forty years.[i 1] One of two copies of the Assyrian King List[i 2] which include him gives his reign length as only 30 years,[3] but this contrasts with a complete list of his limmu, some 40, which are extant from tablets[i 3] recovered at Karum Kanesh.[1]:3–5 He had titled himself both as, "Ashur is king, Erishum I is vice-regent"[nb 2] and the, “Išši’ak Aššur”ki (“steward of Assur”), at a time when Assur was controlled by an oligarchy of the patriarchs of the prominent families and subject to the “judgment of the city”, or dīn alim. According to Veenhof, Erishum I’s reign marks the period when the institution of the annually appointed limmu (eponym) was introduced. The Assyrian King List observes of his immediate predecessors, “in all six kings known from bricks, whose limmu have not been marked/found”.[4] Contents [hide] 1 Biography 2 Limmu during Erishum I's reign 3 See also 4 Inscriptions 5 Notes 6 References Biography[edit] As Assur's merchant family firms vigorously pursued commercial expansion, Erišum I had established distant trading outposts in Anatolia referred to as “karums”. Karums were established along trade routes into Anatolia and included: Kanesh, Ankuwa, Hattusa, and eighteen other locations that have yet to be identified, some of which had been designated as “warbatums” (satellites of and subordinate to the karums') The markets traded in: tin (inscribed AN.NA, Akkadian: annukum), textiles, lapis lazuli, iron, antimony, copper, bronze, wool, and grain, in exchange for gold and silver. Around 23,000 tablets have been found at Kanesh spanning a period of 129 years from the thirtieth year of Erishum I’s reign through to that of Puzur-Ashur II or possibly Naram-Sin with the earliest from level II including copies of his inscriptions. These were discovered in 1948 with three other similar though fragmentary lists and two copies of an inscription of Erishum I detailing the regulations concerning the administration of justice in Assur, including the possibility of plaintiffs to obtain a rābiṣum (attorney) to represent them: The one who talks too much in the Step Gate, the demon of ruins will seize his mouth and his hindquarters; he will smash his head like a shattered pot; he will fall like a broken reed and water will flow from his mouth. The one who talks too much in the Step Gate, his house will become a house of ruin. He who rises to give false testimony, may the [Seven] Judges who decide legal cases in [the Step Gate, give a false] decision [against him]; [may Assur], Adad, and Bel, [my god, pluck his seed]; a place […] may they not give to him. [The one who…] … obeys me, [when he goes] to the Step Gate, [may] the palace deputy [assist him]; [may he send] the witnesses and plaintiff (to the court); [may] the judges [take the bench] and give a proper decision [in Ašš]ur.[5]:13 — Inscription of Êrišum I[i 4] Following the example set by Erishum I's father (Ilu-shuma), he had proclaimed tax exemptions, or as Michael Hudson has interpreted, "Erishum I proclaimed a remission of debts payable in silver, gold, copper, tin, barley, wool, down to chaff." This appears in an inscription on one side of a large broken block of alabaster,[i 5] apparently described as a ṭuppu. The shallow depression on its top has led some to identify it as a door socket.[6] His numerous contemporary inscriptions commemorate his building of the temple for Assur, called “Wild Bull” with its courtyard and two beer vats and the accompanying curses to those who would use them for their intended purposes. Erishum I’s other civic constructions included the temple of Ishtar and that of Adad. He had exercised eminent domain to clear an area from the Sheep Gate to the People’s Gate to make way for an enlargement of the city wall, so that he could boast that “I made a wall higher than the wall my father had constructed.”[5]:11 His efforts had been recalled by the later kings Šamši-Adad I,[5]:20 in his rebuilding dedication, and Šulmanu-ašared I, who noted that 159 years had passed between Erishum I’s work and that of Shamsh-Adad I, and a furthet 580 years until his own when a fire had gutted it.[5]:84–85 Limmu during Erishum I's reign[edit] The following is a list of the annually-elected limmu from the first full year of Erishum I's reign until the year of his death c. 1935 BC (middle chronology):[1]:6–10 1974 BC Šu-Ištar, son of Abila 1973 BC Šukutum, son of Išuhum 1972 BC Iddin-ilum, son of Kurub-Ištar 1971 BC Šu-Anim, son of Isalia 1970 BC Anah-ili, son of Kiki 1969 BC Suitaya, son of Ir'ibum 1968 BC Daya, son of Išuhum 1967 BC Ili-ellat 1966 BC Šamaš-t.ab 1965 BC Agusa 1964 BC Idnaya, son of Šudaya 1963 BC Quqadum, son of Buzu 1962 BC Puzur-Ištar, son of Bedaki 1961 BC Laqip, son of Bab-idi 1960 BC Šu-Laban, son of Kurub-Ištar 1959 BC Šu-Belum, son of Išuhum 1958 BC Nab-Suen, son of Šu-Ištar 1957 BC Hadaya, son of Elali 1956 BC Ennum-Aššur, son of Begaya 1955 BC Ikunum, son of Šudaya 1954 BC Is.mid-ili, son of Idida 1953 BC Buzutaya, son of Išuhum 1952 BC Šu-Ištar, son of Amaya 1951 BC Iddin-Aššur, son of the priest 1950 BC Puzur-Aššur, the ghee maker 1949 BC Quqadum, son of Buzu 1948 BC Ibni-Adad, son of Susaya 1947 BC Irišum, son of Adad-rabi 1946 BC Minanum, son of Begaya 1945 BC Iddin-Suen, son of Šalim-ahum 1944 BC Puzur-Aššur, son of Idnaya 1943 BC Šuli, son of Uphakum 1942 BC Laqip, son of Zukua 1941 BC Puzur-Ištar, son of Erisua 1940 BC Aguwa, son of Adad-rabi 1939 BC Šu-Suen, son of S.illia 1938 BC Ennum-Aššur, son of Begaya 1937 BC Enna-Suen, son of Pussanum 1936 BC Ennanum, son of Uphakum 1935 BC Buzi, son of Adad-rabi See also[edit] Assyrians portal Ancient Near East portal Timeline of the Assyrian Empire Old Assyrian Empire List of Assyrian kings Assyrian continuity Assyrian people Inscriptions[edit] Jump up ^ Khorsabad kinglist. Jump up ^ SDAS Kinglist: [mE-ri-š] u DUMU mDINGIR-šum-ma, [šá li-ma-ni? -šu-ni 10] + 30 MU.MEŠ LUGAL-ta DÙ-uš. Jump up ^ KEL A (kt 92/k 193), at CDLI. Jump up ^ Tablet copies: An 201139 and An 20114. Jump up ^ BM 115689, Ass. 16850. Notes[edit] Jump up ^ Some historians quote ca. 1939–1900 BC (after Amélie Kuhrt, The Ancient Near East, C. 3000-330 BC, Volume 1, Routledge, 1996, p. 82). Jump up ^ da-šùr LUGAL i-ri-šu-um PA. References[edit] ^ Jump up to: a b c K. R. Veenhof (2003). The Old Assyrian List of Year Eponyms from Karum Kanish and its Chronological Implications. Turkish Historical Society. pp. 40, 3–10. Jump up ^ E. Frahm (1998). K. Radner, ed. The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Volume 1, Part II: A. The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project. p. 404. Jump up ^ I. J. Gelb (1954). "Two Assyrian King Lists". Journal of Near East Studies. VIII (4): 213. Jump up ^ Klaas R. Veenhof, Jesper Eidem (2008). Mesopotamia: the Old Assyrian period. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. p. 29. ^ Jump up to: a b c d A. K. Grayson (1972). Assyrian Royal Inscriptions, Volume 1. Otto Harrassowitz. pp. 8–15, 20, 84–85. Jump up ^ J. E. Reade (2001). "A monument of Erišum I from Aššur". Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale. 94 (2): 177–178. doi:10.3917/assy.094.0177. Preceded by Ilu-shuma Išši’ak Aššur fl. c. 1974 BC — c. 1934 BC (middle chronology) Succeeded by Ikunum

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