New Date Formulas from the Reign of Abi-sare in the Light of published Cuneiform Texts


  • Samra Hameed Nayef Al-Janabi
  • Ahmed Naji Saba Al-Husseini


reign, date formula, Larsa, temple


The study of Date formulas is one of the most important studies that shed light on the history of Mesopotamia, as it represents an authentic information source that deals with various aspects such as " political, religious, social, geographical, and even urban. Thus it represents a kind of archive that contains within it a large number of facts and implications, and through studying and analyzing these date formulas, we can arrange the events that the region witnessed in a correct and sequential manner. - It cannot be accepted that the cuneiform readings are fixed and cannot be change. This is also the case with the date formulas in ancient Iraq, as they are subject to change if new texts and new readings are revealed. The kings of ancient Iraq relied on certain date formulas and not others, and this explains the presence of many events that were not recorded within the years of their rule. The cuneiform sources have shown us that the dating formulas is usually central for all the cities subject to the king’s authority, but in some cases there is another type that is considered local dating formulas usually used in a specific city and not others.