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tablet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    36761

  • Description

    Clay cuneiform tablet. Astronomical Diary; mentions Alexander's entry to Babylon.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 331BC-330BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 8.5 centimetres
    • Width: 8 centimetres
    • Thickness: 3 centimetres
    • Weight: 210 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        cuneiform
  • Curator's comments

    LBAT 196; Wiseman, Nebuchadrezzar and Babylon, 119-121; Sachs-Hunger, Astronomical Diaries I, no. -330 A; Brinkman, NABU 1987/63

  • Bibliography

    • Curtis & Tallis 2005 cat. 452 bibliographic details
    • Allen 2005a cited on p.140 (wrong tablet illustrated) bibliographic details
    • Sachs A J 1955 no. 196 (reference to date only) bibliographic details
    • Sachs & Hunger 1988a pp. 176-179 and pl. 29 (transliteration, translation and photograph) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G52/dc3

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2013 22 Mar-3 Nov, Lokschuppen Rosenheim, Alexander the Great

    2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'

    2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'

    G52/IRAN/6/5, from 17/11/95-Aug 2005.

    1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN, case 6, no. 10.

  • Condition

    Baked 21/06/1954

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1880

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number

    36761

  • Registration number

    1880,0617.496

Clay tablet; Babylonian astronomical diary; a diary of astronomical and meteorological phenomena observed during the year 331-330BC; mention is made of the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great and of Alexander's triumphant entry into Babylon; 18 + 14 ll.

Clay tablet; Babylonian astronomical diary; a diary of astronomical and meteorological phenomena observed during the year 331-330BC; mention is made of the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great and of Alexander's triumphant entry into Babylon; 18 + 14 ll.

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