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King of Isin
Reignca. 1767 BC – 1764 BC
HouseDynasty of Isin

Ur-dukuga, written dur-du6-kù-ga, ca. 1767 BC – 1764 BC (short chronology) or ca. 1830–1828 BC (middle chronology), was the 13th king of the Dynasty of Isin and reigned for 4 years according to the Sumerian King List,[i 1] 3 years according to the Ur-Isin kinglist.[i 2][1] He was the third in a sequence of short reigning monarchs whose filiation was unknown and whose power extended over a small region encompassing little more than the city of Isin and its neighbor Nippur. He was probably a contemporary of Warad-Sîn of Larsa and Apil-Sîn of Babylon.


He credited Dāgan, a god from the middle Euphrates region who had possibly been introduced by the dynasty’s founder, Išbi-Erra, with his creation, in cones[i 3] commemorating the construction of the deity’s temple, the Etuškigara, or the house “well founded residence,” an event also celebrated in a year-name. The inscription describes him as the “shepherd who brings everything for Nippur, the supreme farmer of the gods An and Enlil, provider of the Ekur…” This heaps profuse declarations of his care for Nippur’s sanctuaries, the Ekur for Enlil, the Ešumeša for Ninurta and the Egalmaḫ for Gula, Ninurta’s divine wife.[2]

A piece of brick from Isin,[i 4] bears his titulary but the event it marked has not been preserved. A cone shaft[i 5] memorializes the building of a temple of Lulal of the cultic city of Dul-edena, northeast of Nippur on the Iturungal canal.[3] The digging of the Imgur-Ninisin canal was celebrated in another year-name.

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  1. ^ Sumerian King List, Ashm. 1923.344 the Blund-Wendell prism.
  2. ^ Ur-Isin kinglist, tablet MS 1686 line 18.
  3. ^ Cones LB 990, NBC 6110, 6111, 6112.
  4. ^ Brick IB 1337.
  5. ^ Cone IM 95461, found in Isin.


  1. ^ Jöran Friberg (2007). A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts: Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection: Cuneiform Texts. Springer. pp. 231–234.
  2. ^ Frans van Koppen (2006). Mark William Chavalas (ed.). The ancient Near East: historical sources in translation. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 90–91.
  3. ^ Douglas Frayne (1990). Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595 B.C.): Early Periods, Volume 4. University of Toronto Press. pp. 94–96.