Gudea

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Gudea

 

the ruler of the city-state of Lagash in Sumeria in the 22nd century B.C. The power of Lagash grew under Gudea; the number of fully enfranchised citizens, judging from preserved inscriptions, reached 216,000 (compared with 36,000 under Urukagina, 24th century B.C.). Gudea decorated the city with many temples. Sumerjan literature and art reached their height during his reign.

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The Sumerian chapter contains the text, translation, and grammatical commentary by the late Jeremy Black for an inscription of Gudea of Lagash.
63) Another version of the shoulder ornament occurs on a fragmentary stone lion from Uruk, inscribed with the name of Gudea of Lagash.
In a bibliographic study, Steven Holloway unravels how the nineteenth century thought about Sargon II and Tiglath-pilesar III, and Richard Averbeck explores the problems Gudea of Lagash had in finding out what the god wanted, unlike the ready revelation in the Bible.
Assurbanipal's insistence that he "knew no father or mother, and grew up in the lap of [his] goddesses" (Parpola 1997: xl) would have been familiar to Gudea of Lagash a millennium and a half earlier.