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The Autobiography of Idrimi (1.148)
(1,413 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Fictional Royal Autobiography


The text is preserved on a statue of Idrimi, discovered by Sir Leonard Woolley in 1939 during his excavations at Tell Atshana (Alalaḫ). Although found in the debris of Level IB (ca. 1200 bce), the stature was dated by most scholars back to Level IV (1500 bce). Presently, the statue is housed at the British Museum.

The short statue (1.07 m) represents the king sitting on a throne (whic…

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Longman III, Tremper, “The Autobiography of Idrimi (1.148)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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