ABSTRACT

Ofcourse too there had to be temples; whatever happened, the gods must have somewhere to live. One might have supposed that the problem would be solved easily enough, for the land at least was still there and the gods were the great land-owners, so that in the hardest times there ought to be revenues sufficient for a good building programme. But this seems not to have been the case at all. Whether or not it was that Babylon laid hands on all incomings, Marduk as conqueror appropriating the wealth of Nannar, at any rate Nannar's priests could not meet the charge. The Gig-par-ku, the temple of Nin-gal, was the only one that gave us concrete evidence of attempts to make good the damage done by the Babylonian troops, and there it is only too clear that the means of the restorers were straitened to the last degree; their building is the poorest patchwork, there are no dedication-stamps on the bricks and old material is freely employed. In other temples we found no traces of such work, Kuri-galzu's brickwork being laid directly on that of Larsa; where the old ground-plan was so faithfully

.followed one imagines that there must have been a building standing above-ground to serve as a guide, something more than mere tradition as to the temple's form: I think that there was something, but something of such poor quality that when proper reconstruction was in view the first step was to sweep away the shoddy walls which had been all that impoverished piety had been able to set up.