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Votive statuette of a dog, dedicated by a doctor from Lagash to the goddess Ninisina, for the life of "Sûmû-El, king of Ur". Musée du Louvre.[1]
The dog of Sumuel, at time of discovery.

Sumuel or Sumu-El (𒋢𒈬𒀭, su-mu-el3) ruled the ancient Near East city-state of Larsa from c. 1894 BC to 1866 BC (short chronology). He was an Amorite.[2][3][4]

Annals for his complete 29-year reign have survived; thus it is known that he campaigned against Akusum and Kazallu in his year 4, Uruk in year 5, Pinaratim in year 8, Sabum in year 10, Kish in year 11, Kazallu in year 15, Nanna-Isha in 16, and Umma at the end of his reign.[5] Most of these seem to be names of small villages along the Euphrates.

Sumuel is known from several inscriptions.[6]

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  1. ^ Full translation in "CDLI-Archival View".
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2008-04-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) The Rulers of Larsa, M. Fitzgerald, Yale University Disertation, 2002
  3. ^ Larsa Year Names, Marcel Segrist, Andrews University Press, 1990, ISBN 0-943872-54-5
  4. ^ Chronology of the Larsa Dynasty, E.M. Grice , C.E. Keiser, M. Jastrow, AMS Press, 1979, ISBN 0-404-60274-6
  5. ^ "Year names of Sûmû-El".
  6. ^ "CDLI-Found Texts".

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