– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin

Victory Stele of Naram-Sin, Akkadian, pink limestone, 2254-2218 B.C.E. (Louvre, Paris)

This monument depicts the Akkadian victory over the Lullubi Mountain people. In the
12th century B.C.E., 1,000 years after it was originally made, the Elamite king Shutruk-
Nahhunte attacked Babylon and, according to his later inscription, the stele was taken
to Susa in what is now Iran.

A stele is a vertical stone monument or marker often inscribed with text or relief carving.

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Fr. Patrick T. Michaels wrote on Friday, February 15, 2013

This is a wonderful and valuable tool. The conversation about the stele was very well done.I have always been struck by the image of Naram Sin with his foot upon his enemies. I have also noted in Hittite art, the figures standing on wild animals. What comes to mind for me is the phrase at the beginning of Psalm 110,

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Victory Stele of Naram-Sin
Probably originally ancient Sippar in Mesopotamia, later Susa in what is now Iran
2254-2218 B.C.E.
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