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Eannatum And The "King Of Kiš"?: Another Look At The Stele Of The Vultures And "Cartouches" In Early Sumerian Art

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The Stele of Eannatum of Lagaš is a monument known to most students of the Ancient Near East. In both text and image, front and back, it documents the victory of the city-state of Lagaš over neighboring Umma in a battle arising out of long-standing disputes concerning land- and water-rights. This chapter focuses on so-called identification of the King of Kiš on the Stele of the Vultures. The conflict is attested throughout the entire Early Dynastic III period, both before and after Eannatum, ruler of Lagaš, who commissioned this particular stele sometime ca. 2460 B.C.

Keywords: Eannatum; King of Kiš; Stele of the Vultures



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