Sites & cities that bear the name of Sippar-Amnanum


Today in : Iraq
First trace of activity : ca. 18th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 6th century C.E
Recorded names : Tell ed-Der, Sippar ša Annunîtum

Description : Sippar-Amnanum (modern Tell ed-Der in Baghdad Governorate, Iraq) was an ancient Near Eastern tell (hill city) about 70 kilometers north of Babylon. Sippar-Amnanum was the sister city (or suburb in some eyes) of Sippar. Little is known of its history, if any, before the Old Babylonian period The chief deity of Sippar-Amnanum was Annunitum (or Anunit) a warlike aspect of Ishtar favored by the Akkadians. She is the daughter of Enlil. According to the Cylinder of Nabonidus the temple Eulmash of Anunitu (Amnanum) was rebuilt by that Neo-Babylonian king. The cylinder also reports that the temple had earlier been built by Shagarakti-Shuriash, a king of the Kassite dynasty of Babylon. Presumably the temple had been destroyed in the interim by Shutruk-Nakhkhunte of Elam when he destroyed Sippar. Note that there is some confusion on the city's name since Sinkashid, a king of Uruk, refers to himself in an inscription as "King of the Amnanum", where Amnanum is thought to be a tribal group.

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