Context of Scripture Online

Get access

The Birth of Shulgi In the Temple of Nippur (1.172)
(1,422 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Royal Hymns


This hymn1 is part of a rich corpus of Neo-Sumerian “royal hymns” pertaining to Shulgi (ca. 2094–2047 bce), the second and most important king of the Third Dynasty of Ur.2 The hymn is dedicated to Enlil, the supreme god of the Sumerian pantheon, and it falls into two main parts: the first part opens with a hymnic praise of Enlil, which is followed by a description of Shulgi…

Cite this page
Klein, Jacob, “The Birth of Shulgi In the Temple of Nippur (1.172)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>

▲   Back to top   ▲