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But the evidence of the literary composition “Gilgameß and Aka” tells us that Gilgameß and Aka were, in fact, contemporaries, and we know from the SKL that Gilgameß was the fifth, not first, king of the Uruk I dynasty. Further, a new exemplar of the SKL discussed by J. Klein (in Aula Orientalis 9 [1991] pp. ME-barage-si of Kiß, Aka’s father. Bearing in mind the SKL’s convention of listing whole dynasties as indivisible units, we can reconstruct the general outline of ED II and III history using the additional data provided by contemporary royal inscriptions and later literary texts.

3 1: obv. 8 2: obv. 3 1: obv. 3 1: obv. 3 1: obv. 3 1: obv. 3 1: obv. 6 2: 62, 65 P R ES A R GO NI C P E R I O D (2700–2350 BC) Introduction The texts edited in this volume date from the earliest known royal inscriptions in Mesopotamia down to the advent of the reign of Sargon of Akkad. Consequently, this period is designated in historical and philological works as the Presargonic period. The corresponding label used by archaeologists is the Early Dynastic (hereafter ED) period. S. Lloyd (Lloyd, Archaeology of Mesopotamia [1978], p.

1 Text Reference: 6b: obv. 6 2: 46, 49. 8 2: obv. 5 8: rev. 3 1: obv. 12 7: obv. 3 1: obv. 8 11: side 1 v 9 18: i 6 ™ ™ 2: ii ™ 6 ™ 1: 6 1: 7 2: 3 1: 5 1: 7 ™ 1: iii 38 2: obv. iii 12 liv Table III: List of Geographical Names Toponym: Nubat (city) Pafi-tibira (=Bad-tibira, city) Pirigedena (canal) Piriœ-ZA`-[(x)]-œir≠nun±-ßage (place? Near Lagaß) Raºak (city) RÉC 107 (canal in the vicinity of Œirsu) Sag-≠ubx± (EZEN×BAD) (city) Sala (canal in the vicinity of Œirsu) Saman (Pafi-saman) (canal in the vicinity of Œirsu) Sea, Lower (Sum.

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