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King of Isin
Votive cone with cuneiform inscription of Lipit-Eshtar
Reignfl. c. 1870 BC — c. 1860 BC
HouseFirst Dynasty of Isin

Lipit-Ishtar (Akkadian: Lipit-Ištar; fl. c. 1870 BC – c. 1860 BC by the short chronology of the ancient Near East) was the 5th king of the First Dynasty of Isin, according to the Sumerian King List (SKL). Also according to the SKL: he was the successor of Išme-Dagān. Ur-Ninurta then succeeded Lipit-Ištar. Some documents and royal inscriptions from his time have survived, however, Lipit-Ištar is mostly known due to the Sumerian language hymns that were written in his honor, as well as a legal code written in his name (preceding the famed Code of Hammurabi by about 100 years)—which were used for school instruction for hundreds of years after Lipit-Ištar's death. The annals of Lipit-Ištar's reign recorded that he also repulsed the Amorites.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Ferris J. Stephens, "A Newly Discovered Inscription of Libit-Ishtar", Journal of the American Oriental Society, 52 (1932), pp. 182-185


Regnal titles Preceded byIšme-Dagān King of Isin fl. c. 1870 BC — c. 1860 BC Succeeded byUr-Ninurta

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