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Governor of Kish
Uhub vase inscription.jpg
Vase fragments of Uhub. The top one has the fragmentary inscription Zababa Uhub Ensi Kish-ki ("Goddess Zababa, Uhub Governor of Kish", in the British Museum (BM 129401). The second fragment from the same vase mentions "Pussusu conqueror of Hamazi ( 𒄩𒈠𒍣𒆠, ha-ma-zi{ki})".[1][2][3][4]
Reignc. 2600  BCE
Uhub was king of Kish, circa 2500 BCE.

Uhub (Sumerian: 𒌑𒄸, u2-hub2),[5] (c. 2600 BCE), was Ensi (Governor) of the Sumerian city-state of Kish before Mesilim[6][7]

His name is missing from the Sumerian king list, just as the name of Mesilim, who ruled about fifty years later.[8][9] On a vase dedicated to god Zababa, Uhub described himself as victor of Hamazi, a location beyond the Tigris, between the Diyala and lower Zab regions.[10][9] The first inscription has been reconstructed as 𒀭𒍝𒈠𒈠 / 𒌑𒄸 / 𒑐𒋼𒋛 / 𒆧𒆠, Zamama, Uhub ensi kish-ki "Zababa, Uhub, Governor of Kish".[11]

Uhub is otherwise known from a few more inscriptions.[12]

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  1. ^ First fragment: "CDLI-Archival View". cdli.ucla.edu.
  2. ^ Second fragment: "CDLI-Archival View". cdli.ucla.edu.
  3. ^ "Collections Online British Museum". www.britishmuseum.org.
  4. ^ Thureau-Dangin, F. (François) (1905). Les inscriptions de Sumer et d'Akkad, transcription et traduction. Paris, Leroux. p. 229.
  5. ^ "CDLI-Found Texts". cdli.ucla.edu.
  6. ^ Liverani, Mario (2013). The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy. Routledge. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-134-75084-9.
  7. ^ Orientalia: Vol.48. Gregorian Biblical BookShop. p. 15.
  8. ^ Panitschek, Peter (2008). LUGAL, šarru, basileús: Von der Uruk-Zeit bis Ur III (in German). Peter Lang. p. 41. ISBN 978-3-631-56194-2.
  9. ^ a b Roux, Georges (2015). La Mésopotamie. Essai d'histoire politique, économique et culturelle (in French). Le Seuil. p. 128. ISBN 978-2-02-129163-6.
  10. ^ Roux, Georges (1990). Mesopotamia: historia política, económica y cultural (in Spanish). Ediciones AKAL. p. 155. ISBN 978-84-7600-174-5.
  11. ^ a b Hilprecht, H. V. (Hermann Vollrat) (1892). The Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania. Series A: Cuneiform texts. Philadelphia : Dept. of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania. p. 49 Note 2.
  12. ^ "CDLI-Found Texts". cdli.ucla.edu.
  13. ^ "CDLI-Archival View". cdli.ucla.edu.
  14. ^ "Collections Online British Museum". www.britishmuseum.org.
  15. ^ Thureau-Dangin, F. (François) (1905). Les inscriptions de Sumer et d'Akkad, transcription et traduction. Paris, Leroux. p. 229.


  • Vojtech Zamarovský, Na počiatku bol Sumer, Mladé letá, 1968 Bratislava
  • Plamen Rusev, Mesalim, Lugal Na Kish: Politicheska Istoriia Na Ranen Shumer (XXVIII-XXVI V. Pr. N. E.), Faber, 2001 (LanguageBulgarian) [(Mesalim, Lugal of Kish. Political History of Early Sumer (XXVIII–XXVI century BC.)]