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The Cylinders of Gudea (2.155)

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Author(s): Averbeck, Richard E.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions; Temple Hymns of Gudea Commentary The composition known as the Cylinders of Gudea is inscribed on two large cylinders (i.e., hollow clay barrels), referred to as Cylinders A and B. The rims of the two cylinders are ca. 2.9 and 2.5 cm thick, respectively. Cylinder A is 61 cm long and 32 cm in diameter, and has 30 columns of writing parallel to the long axis. Cylinder B is 56.5 cm long and 33 cm in diameter, and has 24 col…