ABSTRACT

SO DID A contemporary poet give voice to the bitternessofhis spirit and there was no poetic exaggeration in hislament; there is not a single building of the ThirdDynasty but bears the marks of violent overthrow. Dr must have been pretty thoroughly destroyed, but such was its importance that when the city of Isin took over the kingship ofSumer and Akkad and when later the city of Larsa wrested the hegemony from Isin, practically every ruler of either line was at pains to restore one or another of Dr's ruined monuments; and when the native dynasty of Larsa was ousted in its turn and an Elamite, Kudur-Mabug, installed his son Warad-Sin as king, the foreigner proved himself the most active of them all in the piety with which he rebuilt and enlarged the temples of the ancient capital.