The Stele of Adad-nērārī III and Nergal-ēreš from Dūr-Katlimmu (Tell Šaiḫ Ḥamad)
A Neo-Assyrian royal stele from Dū r-Katlimmu, modern Tell Šaih H . amad in Syria, bears two cuneiform inscriptions, one in the name of Adad-nērārī III of , the other in the name of Nergal-ēreš, governor of the Assyrian province of Ras . appa. Both inscriptions concern the god Salmānu and his temple at Dū r-Katlimmu for whose reconstruction and refurbishment Adad-nērārī and Nergalē reš take credit. This paper presents a copy and an edition of a stele of Adad-nērārī III, king of Assyria (r.
... 83 BC), which Nergal-ēreš (or Pālil-ēreš), 2 his governor in the province Ras . appa, dedicated to the god Salmānu of Dū r-Katlimmu, modern Tell Šaih H . amad on the Lower H . ābur in Syria. The presentation of the stele is based on examination of its two fragments, one in the British Museum and one in a private collection in Geneva. The stele, made of black basalt, is of the typical Assyrian shape with the rounded top and shows the king in prayer, surrounded by divine symbols. The monument bears two inscriptions, one on the front written from the point of view of the king and a second on the left hand side of the stele from the point of view of Nergal-ēreš, whose name and titles, like on the stele from 1 My thanks are due to Jonathan Taylor, British Museum, and the owner of the Geneva fragment, who wishes to remain anonymous, for allowing me to work with the stele fragments in their care, as well as to Frans van Koppen for his comments and suggestions. I am also grateful to John M. Russell, who first alerted me to the existence of the Geneva fragment, and to Hartmut Kühne, with whom I have discussed the Dū r-Katlimmu stele on several occasions, often in Tell Š aih H . amad itself. This paper was written as part of the research project 'Mechanisms of communication in an ancient empire: the correspondence between the king of Assyria and his magnates in the 8 th century BC', funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2008 to 2013. Bibliographical abbreviations used can be found in Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie (RlA).