[Chapter Ten: Noah and Menes—The Ark at Thebes]

 

Chapter Eleven: Sargon, Naram-Sin, and the Egyptian Seventh Dynasty

King Gin who marched against the Land of the West,
and conquered the Land of the West,
his hand subdued the Four Quarters of the World.
—Chronicles
of Sargon, translation of L. A. Waddell

I am not unaware that regarding the cities named above
Ctesias of Cnidus has given a different account,
saying that some of those
who had come into Egypt with Semiramis founded them,
calling them after their native lands.
—Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History

The deeper we delve into the obscure (or obscured) period between Noah and the brothers Ham and Shem the more fragmented the biblical timeline becomes. This is no Velikovskian attempt to rearrange the chronology of the Near East. On the contrary, it is an attempt to extract certain chronological fragments embedded in the biblical text by those who did not quite understand their relationship to the overall development of ancient history. The most obvious of these fragments is the tale of the Tower of Babel, like an erratic boulder artificially embedded by the authors of Genesis in the middle of the so-called Table of Nations whose immediate source is just barely visible among the currently understood elements of the religious system of Hebrew-ruled Ugarit. Far from being a descendant of Ham (or Hammurabi); the builder of the Tower, Nimrod as the bible calls him, preceded Ham by close to half a millennium; and, in fact, in the bible the story of the Tower immediately precedes the continuation of the genealogy of Adam as it proceeds through Shem. That the enumeration of the 70 nations should appear at this particular point is no accident, for it is firmly tied to the very numerical and metaphorical nature of the Tower itself.

Various scholars, including science fiction and science writer Isaac Asimov, have suggested that Nimrod may have been Naram-Sin of Akkad. The latter ruled from 2254 to 2217 by the short chronology. Naram-Sin himself is credited with the destruction of the Temple of Enlil. However, from the chronology developed here, it appears to be more probable that the destruction of the temple was a result of the regularly recurring catastrophic events enumerated in the table in Chapter Eight, as were the plague and famine that followed and were attributed to it. From that table we can see that the relevant year was sometime very near 2230 BC. There is no direct reference in the bible to the actual destruction of the Tower of Babel, but Josephus has the following in The Antiquities of the Jews:

The Sibyl also makes mention of this tower, and of the confusion of the language, when she says thus: "When all men were of one language, some of them built a high tower, as if they would thereby ascend up to heaven, but the gods sent storms of wind and overthrew the tower, and gave every one his peculiar language ...."

The image of this tower destroyed by wind survives in Trump 16 of the Pythagorean Tarot deck—the Tower—where this storm is often indicated by a bolt of lightning, the card sometimes alternatively referred to as the "Tower Struck by Lightning."

Alone, the indications of the identity of Naram and Nimrod are tenuous. But when we look at the symbolic elements surrounding the Tower of Babel that have come down to us from the distant past, some of which we have already encountered in Chapter Nine where we found it closely associated with the number 72, along with a peculiarity in Manetho's description of the early dynasties of Egypt, it will become clear that this identification is more than just a convenient attempt by devout believers to rationalize the biblical account. The full list of groups totaling 72 (though sometimes truncated to 70) extracted from the Anacalypsis of Godfrey Higgins, some of which relate directly or indirectly to the Tower of Babel, is as follows:

The translators of the Septuagint,
The number of questions asked of them,
The days required to finish their work,
The generations or nations from the sons of Noah (grouped into 30, 26, and 14),
The divisions of the earth, the countries of Genesis,
The families of mankind,
The number of tongues at the confusion,
The names of God,
The angels that ascend and descend Jacob's ladder,
The bells and pomegranates on the Temple Service dress of Aaron,
The kinds of animals in the Ark,
The number of men taken by Moses from the elders of Israel,
The names of God found by the Cabalists in verses 19, 20 and 21 of Exodus xiv,
The palm trees in Numbers xxiii. 9 and Exod. xv. 27,
The shepherds in an allegory in the book of Enoch (grouped into 37, 23, and 12),
The council of the Sanhedrin,
The disciples of Jesus,
The disciples of Manes,
The sects in the religion of Mohamed,
The kings ruled over by a king at Diospolis in Iran,
The nations of the "universal empire of Cush,"
The confederates of the queen of the Cushim,
The men who came from Medina to Mohamed,
The members of the college of Cardinals,
The commanders of the Greeks against Troy,
The murderers of Osiris,
The original number of drachmae in a mina or pound,
The companions supplied to Typhon by the Queen of Ethiopia

A significant subset of the above set of entries relate either to the rulers of the combined nations of the earth or of the regions of individual nations, people assigned to various other duties and missions in those nations or regions, or to the languages spoken there. To this list must be added the "70-day" Egyptian 7th Dynasty that appears in versions of Manetho and not in its totality in any of the surviving king-lists actually found in Egypt, though there is some limited indication of the kings of the 7th and 8th Dynasties in the Turin and Abydos lists. Coincidentally, the reference in the table to the kings of Diospolis is due to a gentleman writing under the pseudonym of "Nimrod" (Algernon Herbert) widely quoted by Higgins, and it should also be kept in mind that the name "Diospolis" was used by Manetho for the city of Thebes in Upper Egypt. The Eighth Dynasty was supposedly a period during which Memphis was losing power to a dynasty centered at Herakleopolis, later to be replaced by one at Thebes.

There are three surviving versions of Manetho's 7th Dynasty, one from Africanus and two versions of Eusebius. The version due to Africanus gives the number of kings as 70 and the period covered by the 7th as 70 days. Eusebius gives it as 5 kings who ruled for either 75 days or 75 years. Look at the above table: "The kings ruled over by a king of Diospolis in Iran," and "The nations of the universal empire of Cush." Remember that Nimrod was supposedly the son of Cush in the biblical Table of Nations. Cush has sometimes been identified with the city of Kish, though in the Table it refers to northern Sudan. These and other elements of the Table point toward a central imperial ruler and 72 subordinate kings. If there is indeed a connection with Naram-Sin (purportedly Nimrod), then this "dynasty" must have begun sometime before the relevant catastrophic year of 2230 BC and after the slide into the First Intermediate Period had begun with the dendrochronologically verified catastrophic year, 2354. With this data in mind, I would like to propose the following sequence. Some of these dates are based on the section "Decoding Manetho" below.

The Egyptian Seventh & Eighth Dynasties and the Akkadian Empire

 

Event

Year BC

 

Tree Ring Event. Birth of Sargon

ca 2354

 

Sargon becomes king of Akkad

2334

 

Sargon conquers "Land of the West" across "the sea," including Egypt. Begin Akkadian dominated 7th Dynasty at Memphis

2323

 

Begin Akkadian dominated 8th Dynasty at Memphis

2286

 

Sargon dies. Rimush (Nitokris) becomes king of Akkad

2278

 

Rimush dies. Her son Manishtusu becomes king

2269

 

Manishtusu dies. Naram-Sin ("Nimrod") becomes king of Akkad

2254

 

Begin native Egyptian 9th Dynasty at Herakleopolis

ca 2254

 

Typhon approaches earth. Destruction of Temple of Enlil at Nippur (fall of "Tower of Babel")

2230

 

Naram-Sin dies. Shar-kali-sharri becomes king

2217

 

End Akkadian dominated 8th Dynasty at Memphis

2213

 

End 9th Dynasty. Begin 10th Dynasty at Herakleopolis

2204

 

Akkadian civil war begins

2192

 

Dudu becomes king

2189

 

Shu-Durul becomes king

2168

 

End Dynasty of Akkad

2153

In the Akkadian text normally referred to as the Sargon Legend, according to the translation of George A. Barton at the Internet Ancient History Sourcebook, Sargon says:

12. When I was a gardener the goddess Ishtar loved me,
13. And for four years I ruled the kingdom.
14. The black-headed peoples I ruled, I governed;
15. Mighty mountains with axes of bronze I destroyed (?).
16. I ascended the upper mountains;
17. I burst through the lower mountains.
18. The country of the sea I besieged three times;
19. Dilmun I captured (?).
20. Unto the great Dur-ilu I went up, I ...
21. ... I altered ...

Sargon was the third ruler of Akkad before Naram-Sin.

There appears to be no mention here of Egypt. There are, however, other translations of this passage. The following is due to L. A. Waddell, not the most objective of commentators, in The Makers of Civilization. Waddell's books are suspect. He has an obvious, racial, axe to grind, trying to prove that the rulers of Akkad were not Semites but descendants of what he sees as the "Aryan" Sumerians. Nevertheless, his translation of the above passage is interesting, for he manages to find a reference to Egypt not found in more orthodox translations, as well as making a bit more sense where the length of Sargon's reign is concerned:

12. As the Man of the Garden (? Oracle) the Lord Sakhar-Tar loved me.
13. For ... (? fifty) and four years the kingdom I ruled.
14. The men of the blackheaded race (Chaldees) I ruled, I ...
15. Over rugged mountains in bronze chariots I rode.
16. I (ruled) the upper mountains.
17. I (ruled) the rulers of the lower mountains.
18. To the (Upper ?) Sea-coast, I thrice advanced:
19. Iatu (or Pu) Land (Egypt) submitted;
20. The fortress of Durash (? Dur-Ilu), the great city, bended ...
21. I destroyed ... (illegible) ...

Not only does Waddell see an Akkadian presence in Egypt, a possibility that agrees with our own interpretation of the 7th Dynasty, but he sees Sargon generally as a more powerful ruler than he is normally given credit for, holding sway far beyond the already extensive confines to which his empire is normally restricted:

The extent of his empire has hitherto been only vaguely inferred and greatly underestimated from his title in the inscriptions as "King of the lands of the Lower Sea and the Upper or Western Sea"—terms in which "Lower Sea" has been supposed to be restricted to the Persian Gulf, and in which "Upper Sea" or "Sea of the West or of the Setting Sun" though rightly recognized as meaning the Mediterranean, has been interpreted by Assyriologists as meaning no more than the Syrian coast. Now, however, he is seen to have ruled an empire in the Ancient World so vast that it has perhaps never been equalled [sic] in the Old World. It is seen to have included, besides Mesopotamia and the greater part of Asia Minor and Syrio-Phœnicia, also Egypt and the Mediterranean basin, Persia and the Indus Valley with the Arabian Sea, and extending beyond the Pillars of Hercules to Britain.

Again, Waddell is far from orthodox, and I quote him mainly as an entrée into the subject of Akkadian rule of Egypt. It was he, however, who discovered the 6th century BC birthplace of Gautama Buddha at Kapilavastu in Nepal, confirmed later by the discovery of a pillar erected by Emperor Asoka three centuries after the fact. So the man cannot be easily written off as simply a garden variety crank. His ideas may be somewhat off the beaten track but, like those of Godfrey Higgins, at least some of them are worthy of serious consideration. Later, Waddell continues:

We have seen that "Sargon" in his inscriptions at Nippur claims that: "Unto King Gin, king of the Land (or Earth), Lord Sakh gave no foe from the Upper Sea [Mediterranean] unto the Lower Sea [Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean], Lord Sakh ... subjected the lands to him." And the Omen version of his Chronicles states: "King Gin who marched against the Land of the West, and conquered the Land of the West, his hand subdued the Four Quarters of the World." [brackets in original]

Also:

This Chronicle copy reads: "King Gin, king of Agudu City, through the Weapon of Lord Sakhar Tar (or ? Lady Ish-Tar) was exalted...."

The name of this weapon and its pictorial sign are of significance. Its sign pictures what is regarded as a thunderbolt with an arrow head; and it appears to be the same weapon which is carried by the Sumerian Hercules, the top of which is sometimes figured as a cross....

One wonders what this Weapon of Ishtar was. This is not necessarily a weapon obtained from Ishtar. Ishtar herself is thought of as a weapon of some sort. Morris Jastrow of the University of Pennsylvania quotes from a penitential psalm in The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria: "But thou, O Ishtar, mighty weapon of the great gods." Jean-Jacques Glassner in Mesopotamian Chronicles tells us that the word amaru, normally translated "flood," can mean either "a meteorological phenomenon or a fearful weapon in the hands of the warrior goddess Inanna." Perhaps it meant both and Sargon was taking military advantage of the aftereffects of Typhon. Whatever it was, this weapon allowed Sargon to conquer regions hitherto beyond the reach of earlier Mesopotamian despots:

... Some particulars are given of the Mediterranean basin, in one of his edicts on the boundaries of his empire. This refers amongst other things to his "conquest of the land of the Muru (Amorites)" and mentions his suzerainty over "the Tin-Land country which lies beyond the Upper Sea [Mediterranean]." This obviously refers to Sargon's sovereignty over the tin-mines of Cornwall, .... And it mentions that "the produce of the mines is taken, and the produce of the fields to King Gin has been brought." And Egypt or Misher is mentioned as being within his frontiers....

At this point Waddell proceeds to confuse Sargon with the earlier Narmer of Egypt, tries to identify Manishtusu with Menes, and generally spins off into eccentricity as he continues his attempt to ascribe the original rise of civilization to his "Aryan" Sumerians.

 

The Table of Nations

The pretended genealogy of the tenth chapter of Genesis
is attended with much difficulty.
It reads like a genealogy: it is notoriously a chart of geography.
It is exoterically
genealogical, esoterically geographical.
Godfrey Higgins, Anacalypsis, Volume I, Book V, Chapter XI

The so-called Table of Nations found in Genesis contains 70 purported descendants of Noah including Ham, Shem, and Japheth (Yaphet). Some of these entries represent actual genealogical data found elsewhere in Genesis, but most are simply eponymous ancestors (mythical forebears) from whom the names of these ethnic groups were supposedly taken, and some are merely names of peoples with no attempt to disguise them as individuals. The list is obviously synthetic and has been edited within an inch of its life in order to bring the total number of "nations" to 70 while maintaining the fiction that they are part of the genealogical scheme of the rest of Genesis. To the extent that the Table gives actual political divisions, it appears to be more than just an enumeration of important population centers of the ancient Near East. We have already noticed the possibility that the embedded story of the Tower of Babel may refer to Naram-Sin of Akkad, so the obvious question is whether the Table represents the organization of the Akkadian Empire under the earlier Sargon of Akkad or under Naram himself. But first, let us look more closely at the Table. The spellings are generally those of Richard Friedman from The Bible with Sources Revealed. The identifications of tribes, cities, and nations are generally those of Josephus in The Antiquities of the Jews with a few obvious additions. In particular, note the presence of the inhabitants of Crete, under the rubric of Caphtorim, within the sphere of influence of Egypt. These will become important in Chapter 14:

Table of 70 "Nations" from Genesis

 

?1

 

"Ham"2

"Shem"

"Yaphet"

 

 

 

1. Cush3

31. Elam (Persia)

57. Gomer (Galatia)

2. Egypt

32. Asshur (Assyria)

58. Magog (Scythia)

3. Put (Libya)

33. "Arpachshad"

59. Madai (Media)

4. Canaan

34. Lud (Lydia)

60. Yawan (Ionia)

 

35. Aram (Syria)

61. Tubal (Iberia)

 

 

62. Meshech (Cappadocia)

Cush

 

63. Tiras (Thrace)

 

Aram [Syria]

 

5. Seba (Sabeans)4

 

 

6. Havilah (Getuli)

36. Uz (Damascus—home of Job)

Gomer

7. Sabtah (Astaborans)

37. Hul (Armenia)

 

8. Raamah (Ragmeans)

38. Gether (Bactria)

64. Ashkenaz (Rheginia)

9. Sabteca (Sabactens)

39. Mash (Charax Spasini)

65. Riphath (Paphlagonia)

10. Nimrod (Naram-Sin)

 

66. Togarmah (Phrygia)

 

 

 

Raamah

Son of Arpachshad

 

 

 

Yawan ["Ionia"]

11. Sheba (Sabeans)5

40. "Shelah"

 

12. Dedan (Judadeans)

 

67. Elisha (Aeolian Islands)

 

Son of Shelah

68. Tarshish (Tarsus in Cilicia)

 

 

69. Kittim (Citium in Cyprus)8

Egypt

41. "Eber"

70. Dodanim (Dodecanese Is.)

 

 

 

13. Ludim

Sons of Eber

 

14. Anamim

 

 

15. Lehabim

42. "Peleg"

 

16. Naphtuhim

43. "Joktan"

 

17. Pathrusim

 

 

18. Casluhim

Joktan [India & Nearby S. Asia]

 

19. Caphtorim (Cretans)

 

 

 

44. Almodad

 

 

45. Sheleph

 

Canaan [E. Mediterranean]

46. Hazarmaveth

 

 

47. Jerah

 

20. Sidon6

48. Hadoram

 

21. Heth

49. Uzal

 

22. Jebusite7

50. Diklah

 

23. Amorite

51. Obal

 

24. Girgashite

52. Abimael

 

25. Hivite

53. Sheba

 

26. Arkite (Acre)

54. Ophir (Malacca)

 

27. Sinite

55. Havilah

 

28. Arvadite (Aradus Island)

56. Jobab

 

29. Zemarite (Sumra)

 

 

30. Hamathite (Epiphania)

 

 

1Sargon of Akkad?  2Orange: Genealogical entries, "Orange": Interpolated.
3
Red: Empires and regions.  4Blue: Nations and Nationalities.
5Black: Unknown.  6Purple: Cities, city-states, and districts.  7Green: Tribes and ethnic groups.
8First Maccabees has "Chittim" as the birthplace of Alexander.

It is immediately obvious what has been done here. The three supposed sons of Noah have been substituted for what must have been three (or four) continental rulers under the Akkadian crown, a system clearly analogous to that finally instituted in 270 BC by the generals of Alexander after years of confusion resulting from his death in 323, and the descendants of Shem (Samsu-iluna) have then been insinuated into the lower ranks of the hierarchy of this political organization. The entire scheme has then been quite superficially converted into a genealogical foundation myth in the style of the followers of the later religion of Ugarit. Once the genealogical veneer has been stripped away, some fairly obvious patterns emerge from the Table.

The major divisions under the continental rulers are clearly regional power centers. The division containing the "sons" of Ham, for example, is analogous to the Ptolemaic Kingdom and is made up of Egypt, Libya, Cush, and Canaan. The division containing the "sons" of Shem is analogous to the Seleucid Empire and, according to Josephus, encompasses "the land that began at Euphrates, and reached to the Indian Ocean," including Elam (Persia), Asshur (Assyria), Lydia (in Anatolia), and Aram (Syria), the sons of Joktan living "from Cophen [Kabul], an Indian river, and in part of Asia adjoining to it." Modern commentators identify these sons with various inhabitants of Arabia Felix, peculiarly unimportant compared to the Indians identified by Josephus. For obvious reasons, this second division does not contain either Babylonia or its Akkadian predecessors, though the interpolated Ham and Shem were kings of Babylon, and Josephus calls Arpachshad the progenitor of the "Arphaxadites," whom he identifies with the "Chaldeans" in line with our reconstruction. The third division is roughly analogous to the Antigonid Empire and, again according to Josephus, "they inhabited so that, beginning at the mountains Taurus and Amanus, they proceeded along Asia, as far as the river Tansis, and along Europe to Cadiz." It seems clear that all of the subsidiary groups listed in the Table are lesser entities, primarily cities, that fell under administrative control of the regional power centers at the top of the geographical hierarchy and, some of which, in turn served as capitals of lesser dominions.

Amazingly enough, Nimrod falls in the third generation after the father of Ham. We have already noted that Sargon was the third ruler of Akkad before Naram-Sin, though he was purportedly the grandfather of Naram-Sin and not his great-grandfather as suggested by the table. As for why he falls under Ham and not Shem, we can infer that the latter line of descent had already been taken up with the interpolated descendants of Arpachshad and that there may have also been some confusion between Cush in Africa and Kish in Mesopotamia, the first king of which city is associated by the Sumerian king-list with the first generation after the Flood, another indication of confusion in the Table between the descendants of Sargon and the kings of the early postdiluvian world. Here we have another (still tenuous but less so) indication that the empire described in the earliest version of the Table of Nations was that of Sargon the Great of Akkad and that Naram-Sin was indeed the Nimrod of the bible.

Waddell reinforces the identification of some of the members of the Table with the inhabitants of India, though it remains difficult if not impossible to determine what to take seriously from his "translations" of ancient texts, saying the following about Naram-Sin in his Indo-Sumerian Seals Deciphered:

Over twenty years ago [before 1905=1885], I observed in comparing the Indian Epic lists of the Ancient Aryan kings with the Mesopotamian King-lists that the great Aryan king "Śakuni," occupied a relative position in the "Lunar" version of these lists corresponding to that of "Śar-gu-ni" in the Mesopotamian King-lists. Moreover, the leading kings before and after Sargon I were generally similar on both lists; and Śakuni's "son" or "descendant" was "Karamb'a," which suggested some resemblance to "Naram-Sin" of the Assyriologists, who for long called him the "son" of "Sargon I," though now he is found to be his grandson, and the most famous of Sargon's "sons" or descendants.

Later, on revising at first hand from the Sumerian and cuneiform texts the readings of the Mesopotamian king's names as restored by Assyriologists, I found that the name read by them as "Naram-Sin," also reads by other recognized values for the syllabic signs of that king's name "KA-RA-AM-BA," and thus absolutely equates with the name in the Indian Epic King-lists for the "son" or "descendant" of King Śakuni.

He continues,

Moreover, in the "solar" ... version of the Indian Epic lists of these Early Aryan kings, wherein the kings often bear different (solar) titles from those on the Lunar lists ... in precisely the same relative position as occupied by Śakuni in the Lunar lists comes the great "world-emperor" SAGARA of Ajodhya or Ayodhya, the record of whose vast conquests generally resembles that of Śarguni or Sargon I of Agade—which latter city-name appears to be represented by the Ajodhya or Ayodhya of the Indian Epics.

And further,

Now the "son" of Sagara in the Solar Indian Epics is "Asa-Manjas," who apparently corresponds to Sargon's eldest son the "Maniś-tiśśu or Maniś-tusu" of the Mesopotamian King-lists and inscriptions.

According to Waddell's translation, Sargon claimed to be ruler of the "four quarters of the world," yet there appears on the surface to be a missing quarter in the Table. If the northwestern quadrant was Europe; the southwestern quadrant, Africa and Canaan; the northeastern, Mesopotamia and Iran; the southeastern quadrant must have included parts of India and Arabia, especially near the Indian Ocean; and, interestingly enough, as we have already noticed, Josephus places the sons of Joktan, a particularly numerous subdivision, in that very region, so that we can imagine that this Joktan was a fourth substitution—along with Ham, Shem, and Japheth—for the original continental ruler under Sargon of Akkad. It is even conceivable that he was the actual historical ruler of south Asia under the Akkadian crown. Thus we have the following political organization under Akkad during the period between Sargon and Naram-Sin:

28 Provinces of the Akkadian Empire

Southwest Northwest Northeast Southeast

 

 

 

 

1. Cush

5. Gomer (Galatia)

12. Elam (Persia)

16. Almodad (Harappa)

2. Egypt

6. Magog (Scythia)

13. Asshur (Assyria)

17. Sheleph

3. Put (Libya)

7. Madai (Media)

14. Lud (Lydia)

18. Hazarmaveth (on the Sarasvati)

4. Canaan

8. Yawan (Ionia)

15. Aram (Syria)

19. Jerah

 

9. Tubal (Iberia)

 

20. Hadoram (Mohenjo-Daro)

 

10. Meshech (Cappadocia)

 

21. Uzal

 

11. Tiras (Thrace)

 

22. Diklah

 

 

 

23. Obal

 

 

 

24. Abimael

 

 

 

25. Sheba (Saba’ in SW Arabia)

 

 

 

26. Ophir (Malacca)

       

27. Havilah (on the Ganges)

 

 

 

28. Jobab (Edom)

At first glance this table appears to be excessively weighted to the southeast, but when we look for the entry—we will henceforth call them provinces—midway between the two extremes, we find that Assyria falls at position 13, almost halfway through the list of 28, when traveling clockwise along an arc beginning at Cush. It should also be noted that the city of Akkad has never been found. It is normally assumed to have been somewhere between Sippar and Kish, but this is merely a supposition. It may, in fact, have been an earlier incarnation of the city of Babylon.

It is difficult to identify many of the provinces listed under Joktan in the Table of Nations, the region that, from what we have learned so far, appears to have been the southeast quadrant of the Akkadian Empire. There are, however, a few clues that may be helpful in identifying some of these locations in or near modern India and perhaps even farther east. To begin with, as we have already seen, Josephus tells us that the "sons of Joktan" lived "from Cophen, an Indian river, and in part of Asia adjoining it." The Cophen is the modern Kabul River—if anything about Afghanistan can be said to be modern—that rises near the city of Kabul and flows into the Indus. Josephus also identifies Ophir, the most prominent of all of the provinces in this part of the empire, with Aurea Chersonesus, now the city of Malacca near the extreme end of the mainland of Southeast Asia, though 19th century scholars who wished to place the sons of Joktan in India, including Carl Ritter, Christian Lassen, and Max Müller, saw Ophir as the ancient country of the Abhiras where the Indus flows into the Indian Ocean. On the other hand, it is not difficult to imagine the ships of Solomon and Hiram later plying the sea lanes from Ezion-Geber to Malacca in search of gold, silver, ivory, precious stones, "almugwood," apes, and peacocks (or baboons), and Stecchini presents strong evidence that the ancient cartographers were aware of the exact location of the Malay Peninsula. As we will see farther on, there is even evidence that Sargon and his son ruled as far east as the Yellow River.  Josephus further identifies the river Pishon, which flowed about the land of Havilah according to Genesis, with the Ganges, so, by extension, Havilah was a land somewhere near the river Ganges. The same book has Jobab as one of the kings of Edom, suggesting that Jobab was Edom, this important area appearing nowhere else in the Table.

Sheba was clearly Saba’ in southern Arabia. Biblical scholarship of the 19th century saw the rest of the sons of Joktan as other Arabian tribes, no doubt influenced by the Arab genealogists who derived every little ethnic group of the Arabian Peninsula from the sons of Joktan. Yet, if these 13 names, combined, represent the southeastern quadrant of the Akkadian Empire, they must have been much more important political entities, as the presence of locations in India would tend to indicate. As we have already seen, Sargon appears in the genealogies of Rajasthan, and an equivalent personage even appears in the annals of the Chinese, perhaps the result of Indian influence. Other Indian identifications may be found in Sergei V. Rjabchikov, one of the few people to see past the Arabian theory, in "Quasi-Bilingual Sources for the Decipherment of the Indus Script," online in The AnthroGlobe Journal, who suggests that Hadoram was Mohenjo-Daro, Almodad was Harappa, and the name Hazarmaveth was related to that of the Sarasvati River.

The locations of Havilah, Almodad, Hadoram, and even of Cophen at one of the sources of the Indus suggest a geographical distribution based upon sea lanes anchored at the head of the Persian Gulf and reaching to the farthest regions of subcontinental Asia and possibly even farther to the east. This distribution of provinces along significant waterways was not limited to the southeastern quadrant of the empire. The southwestern region was made up of provinces arrayed along the eastern and southern Mediterranean coasts and the Nile River, and the northwestern follows the northern coast of the Mediterranean all the way to Spain and includes provinces accessible from the Black Sea. The northeastern quadrant of the empire was made up of subject states within or adjacent to the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley. These aquatic avenues of conquest are precisely those that were later used by Seti II in his conquests noted by Manetho during the time of the Trojan War, in the latter case beginning at the Red Sea rather than the rivers of Mesopotamia.

Map of the Akkadian Empire Based on the Table of Nations

 

Decoding Manetho

Just looking at the first six dynasties of Manetho's chronology of the Old Kingdom, we see that there is something peculiar about it. Ever since modern historians began to look at the history of Egypt, a slow process has continued—of shortening Manetho's timeline—piecemeal for the most part, as new data came in. But no one has noticed a consistent pattern in Manetho's list of rulers. Reign lengths of 30, 40, even 60, and one of an amazing 99 years, abound in this list left by the Egyptian priest who wrote during the 3rd Century BC in Ptolemaic Egypt, just like the lists in the bible from the time of the Judges who ran the Israelite nation before the rise of kingship under Saul, completely out of line with the way things work in the real world, where the first male child normally appears long before a person reaches the ripe old age, at least in ancient Egyptian terms, of 40, not to mention the physical impossibility of a continued series of 40-year-old kings normally related as father and son. Yes, dear reader, the Hebrews did not invent the process of using a six-month unit in the enumeration of the lengths of the reigns of their kings. They appear to have borrowed it from the Egyptians, and it can be seen in full flower in the writings of Manetho as they have been preserved in Josephus and Eusebius and Africanus. I must admit it took me a while to realize this. There is something a bit hypnotic about the way modern scholars have "confirmed" some of Manetho's reign lengths. Unfortunately, the inscriptions and papyri from which they have been working suffer from this same use of a unit significantly smaller than a solar, or even lunar, year, absorbed by Manetho from his original sources. The fact is that when we halve the reigns listed by Manetho, from the First through the Twelfth Dynasties, they not only make a lot more sense and fit a bit better with modern values, they begin to fit rather well with the cycle of cataclysms observed in Chapter Eight, and they especially fit well with the period of Akkadian domination during the Seventh and Eighth Dynasties elaborated above. The data is from Verbrugghe and Wickersham, Berossos and Manetho, Introduced and Translated.

Manetho's Predynastic and First Seventeen Dynasties Adjusted for Temporal Inflation and Aligned with the Invasion of Sargon

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Primary Sequence
[years ruled]

Year BC

Secondary Kingdoms
[years ruled]

Year BC

         
Predynastic
         
  Dynasty at Memphis  After 3663?–2950    
         
  30 kings ending with      
  Hephaistos (Ptah) ?    
  Helios (Ra) ?    
  Sosis/Agathodaimon (Shu) ? Dynasty at Thinis ?–2950
  Kronos (Geb) ?    
  Osiris ?–3185 (Osiris?) ?–3185
  Typhon (Seth) 3185–3154 ([Ty]pu§ [Seth]) 3185–3154
  Horus [Abel?] 3154–3129? (Seka§) 3154–3129?
  Ares (Djehuti) 3129?–? (Khayu§ [Cain?]) 3129?–3106?
  Anubis (Ma'at) ?–3090 (Tiu§) 3106–?
  Herakles (Her) 3090–3068 (Tjesh§) ?
  Apollo 3068–3021? (Neheb§) ?
  Ammon 3021?–3006? (Wadjnadj§ [Bidis]) ca 3033?–3011
  Tithoes 3006?–2987? (Mekha§ [Lamech]) 3011–2981
  Sosos/Zeus 2987?–2950 ([Men]a1§) 2981–2950
      Total of 10 kings  
 

 

 

 

 

Early Dynastic (2950–2673)—half-scale timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty I at Thinis [126]E

2950–2824

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Menes1Φ [30]

2950

 

 

2

AthothisΦ [23.5]R

2920

 

 

3

KenkenesΦ[16]R

2897

 

 

4

OuenephesΦ [11.5]A

2881

 

 

5

Ousaphaidos [10]

2869

 

 

6

MiebidosΦ [13]

2859

 

 

7

SemempsesΦ [9]

2846

 

 

8

BienekhesΦ [13]

2837

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty II at Thinis [151]A

2824–2673

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

BoethosΦ [19]

2824

 

 

10

KaiekhosΦ [19.5]

2805

 

 

11

BinothrisΦ [23.5]

2786

 

 

12

TlasΦ [8.5]

2762

 

 

13

SethenesΦ [20.5]

2754

 

 

14

KhairesΦ [8.5]

2733

 

 

15

NepherkheresΦ [12.5]

2725

 

 

16

SesokhrisΦ [24]

2712

 

 

17

KheneresΦ [15]

2688

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Kingdom (2673–2323)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty III at Memphis [107]A

2673–2566

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

NekherophesΦ [14]

2673

 

 

19

Tosorthros [14.5]

2659

 

 

20

Tyreis [3.5]

2645

 

 

21

Mesokhris [8.5]

2641

 

 

22

Soüphis [8]

2633

 

 

23

Tosertasis [9.5]

2625

 

 

24

Akhes [21]

2615

 

 

25

Sephouris [15]

2594

 

 

26

Kerpheres [13]

2579

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty IV at Memphis [142]A

2566–2424

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

Soris [14.5]

2566

 

 

28

Souphis I [31.5]

2552

 

 

29

Souphis II [33]

2520

 

 

30

Menkheres [31.5]

2487

 

 

31

Rhatoises [12.5]

2456

 

 

32

Bikheris [11]

2443

 

 

33

Seberkheres [3.5]

2432

 

 

34

Thamphthis [4.5]

2429

 

 
         
  Dynasty VI at Memphis [101.5]A 2424–2323 Dynasty V at Elephantine [109]A 2421–23122
         
35

Othoes [15]

2424

Ouserkheres [14]

2421
36

Phios [26.5]

2409

Sephres [6.5]

2407

Nepherkheres [10]

2401

Sisires [3.5] 2391
37 Methousouphis [3.5] 2383 Kheres [10] 2387
38

Phiops [50]A1

2379

Rhathoures [22]

2377

Menkheres [4.5] 2355
Tankheres [22] 2351
39 Menthesouphis [0.5] 2329 Onnos (Onnes/Unas/Una) [16.5] 2329
40 Nitokris (Semiramis) [6] 2329
         

"First Intermediate Period" (2323–2112)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty VII at Memphis [37.5]E
(Akkadian dominated)

2323–2286

 

 

         
41 (Neferka)      
42 (Neferes)      
43 (Ibi)      
44 ?      
45

?

 

   
  Total of 5 kings      
         
  Dynasty VIII at Memphis [73]A (Akkadian) 2286–2213    
         
46 (SargonΦ [Ninus]) 2286    
47 (RimushΦ [Semiramis/Nitokris]) 2278 Dynasty IX at Herakleopolis [50]E 2254–2204
48 (Manishtusu) 2269    
49 (Naram-Sin [Nimrod]) 2254 ? 2254-?
50 (Shar-kali-sharri) 2217–2213 (NeferkareAL) ?
  Total of 5 kingsE   Akhthoes ?
      (Senenh...) ?-2204
      Total of 4 kingsE  
         
  Dynasty X at Herakleopolis [92.5]A,E 2204–2112 (Dynasty X from Eratosthenes) 2204–?
         
  (MenkareAL=Mer[...]) 2204–? (23. Myrtæus Ammonodotus [11]6) 2204–?
  (NeferkareAL=Shed[...]
=Shitikabere
Φ)
  (24. Thyosimares, Crataios [6])  
  (Neferkare NebyAL)   (25. Thinillus [4])  
  (Djedkare ShemaAL=′ShimeΦ)   (26. Semphrucrates [9])  
  (Neferkare KhenduAL)   (27. Chuther Taurus [3.5])  
  (MerenhorAL)   (28. Meures Philoscorus [6])  
  (SneferkaAL)   (29. Chomœphtha,
Cosmus Philephæstus [5.5])
 
  (NekareAL)   (30. Ancunius Ochy [30])  
  (Neferkare TereruAL)   (31. Penteathyris [21])  
  (NeferkahorAL)      
 

(Neferkare PepysonbAL)

     
  (Sneferka AnuAL)      
  (?-kaureAL) ?–2112    
  6 more kings?3      
 

Total of 19 (9?) kings
(Turin Papyrus has 13 lines)

Average reign=
4.84/7.08 years4
Total of 9 kings Average reign=
10.22 years4
         

Middle Kingdom (2112–2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty XI at Diospolis [21.5]A,E

2112–2090

   
         
  (Menthotpe I & Intef I=NeferkaureAL)      
  (Intef II=NeferkauhorAL)      
  (Intef III=NeferirkareAL)      
  (Menthotpe II=NebkhrureAL)      
  (Menthotpe III=SankhkareAL)      
  Total of 16 (6?) kings Average reign=
3.67 years4
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

Ammenemes [8]

2090

 

 

         
 

Dynasty XII at Diospolis [80]A

2082–2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sesonkhosis [23]

2082

 

 

 

Ammenemes [19]

2059

 

 

 

Sesostris [24]

2040

 

 

 

Lamares [4]

2016

 

 

 

Ameres [4]

2012

 

 

 

Ammenemes [4]

2008

 

 

 

Skemiophris [2]

2004

 

 

  Total of 7 kings      
 

 

 

 

 

"Second Intermediate Period" (2002–1534)—End half-scale timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty XIII at Diospolis [453]A,E

2002–1549

Dynasty XIV at Xoïs [284]E1 (Minoan)

2002–1718

         
  Total of 60 kings
(Turin 7/5 thru 8/27) including
Average reign=
7.55 years4

Total of 76 kings (Turin 9/1 thru 11/14)

Average reign=
3.74 years4
  Sobekhotep III (Turin 7/24) and   ending with Tutimaios (Dedumose) ?-1718
  Neferhotep I (Turin 7/25) fl ca 17305    
  and ending with Tao Seqenenre
& Kamose (Khamudi)
?-1549 Dynasty XVA2 (XVIIE2) [184]R ("Hyksos" [Phoenician]) 1718–1534
         
      At least 6 kings ending with Apepi  
         

New Kingdom (1534–1069)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dynasty XVIII at Diospolis

1549–1301

Dynasty XVIA2 [518]A (Canaan [Hebrew])

1504–986

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 kings

 

32 kings

 

         
      Dynasty XVIIA2 [151]A (Crete) ca 1509–ca 1358
 

 

 

 

 

      Total of 43 kings ending with (or ended by) Amenhotep III  
         

Cometary rulers. ()Not listed in surviving copies of Manetho.

Appears in Turin Papyrus (severely damaged).  ΦAlso appears in the Phaistos List.
§Appears on the Palermo Stone.  ALAbydos List.

AAfricanus (half scale to 2002 BC).
A1The total of 203 years from Africanus appears to include a 100 year reign for Phiops despite his statement that Phiops ruled from age 6 until age 100. He may actually have ruled from age 6 until age 56.
A2Numbering of Africanus.
EAt least one version of Eusebius (half scale to 2002 BC).
E1Alternate version of Eusebius reported by Syncellus.  E2Numbering of Eusebius.
ER
Eratosthenes.  RReconstructed: see Chapter Thirteen.

1There is universal confusion as to why Menes appears twice in the Turin Canon, once as a man and once as a god, though it is clear from the current reconstruction that this peculiarity reflects his elevation from governor of Upper Egypt under Zeus to sole ruler of unified Egypt. The Bamboo Annals of China add a few stark details to the circumstances under which Menes overthrew Zeus. There, Shun removed Yao and placed him in prison for the rest of his life. One wonders if the purported sacrificing of Zeus, as ascribed to his father in some variations of the story, may not have been carried out by Menes, the successor of Mekha or Lamech. One might even wonder about the circumstances under which Menes replaced Mekha.
2This is based on the appointment of Onnos as governor of Upper Egypt during the less than one-year reign of Menthesouphis, the brother of Nitokris. See "Nitocris and Sargon" below.
3These would appear to be either rulers of Crete or kings that ruled concurrently with the following 11th Dynasty at Diospolis. The severely damaged Turin Papyrus has room for thirteen kings here, though their names are mostly missing, and the Abydos List, when properly distributed, also suggests a correct value of thirteen kings, making Manetho the odd man out. Eratosthenes is consistently incomplete and cannot be relied upon. However, if we assume that Manetho's 19 should have been 9, as the succeeding dynasty had 6 kings rather than Manetho's 16, he is in agreement with Eratosthenes, who appears to have gotten his data directly from Manetho.
4The short length of these reigns suggests a form of succession other than father to son or even brother to brother, if, in fact, it represents linear succession at all. These may, in some cases, have been petty rulers of single nomes or small kingdoms arranged in some form of rough chronological order.
5According to William Albright. Neferhotep was paid homage by Prince Yantin of Byblos, who has been identified with Yantin Hammu, the latter contemporaneous with Zimri Lim of Mari, who took the throne after the death of Shamshi-Adad I of Assyria.
6Reign lengths are half of those from Eratosthenes. These do not agree precisely with Manetho's total, which is 92.5, but they are close at 96.

The confusion in the reign lengths of the kings of Dynasty I is not as drastic as one might think looking at them written in "Arabic" (actually Indian) numerals. Africanus gives the reigns of the 1st thru the 4th of these as 62, 57, 31, and 23 years. Eusebius gives them as 60, 27, 39, and 42 years. Not much similarity there. However, the fact is that these figures were transmitted from the time of the Roman conquest of Egypt using Roman numerals, so that we have the following representations of Manetho's figures in that system, to which I have added what I believe to be the correct reconstructed values. Apparently someone in the chain of transmission was just slightly dyslexic. There is some room here for variation, but not much. Africanus gives the entire length of the dynasty as 253 years. Eusebius gives it as 252. My solutions all approximate what the linguists would call the central form of the variants:

Manetho's Early Dynasty I Represented Using Roman Numerals

King

Africanus Eusebius

Correct

       
Menes LXII LX LX (60)
Athothis LVII XXVII XLVII (47)
Kenkenes XXXI XXXIX XXXII (32)
Ouenephes XXIII XLII XXIII (23)
  ... ... ...
Total (8 kings) CCLIII CCLII CCLII (252)

What is important is that the chronology presented to us by the 3rd Century BC priest from Heliopolis is identical with that presented to us by the original sources of the bible—not similar, not close—identical. The conclusion is inescapable. Manetho was working from the same original sources as the chroniclers of Abraham and Joseph and Moses, all of whom had Heliopolitan associations and all of whom would have appeared in the very same records used by Manetho. Furthermore, we can now conclude that the Heliopolitan priests had accurate records beginning at least as early as 2999 BC and probably earlier, and those records included events from beyond the borders of Egypt as far as Akkad and Babylon. You may call it Panheliopolitanism if you wish.

We may now draw the following further conclusions resulting from the above reconstruction of Manetho:

1. Despite what the Egyptologists will tell you, neither Manetho's Dynasty XVI nor XVII appears in the Turin Papyrus.

2. The presence of Tutimaios at the inception of the Hyksos Dynasty is not the product of a corrupt translation, as some scholars would have us believe. He was the Dedumose of the Turin king-list and the last king of the XIVth Dynasty that fell to the XVth in 1718 BC.

3. The rules for Manetho's original dynasties are now seen to be flexible: They are sometimes chronological and sometimes not. The apparently anomalous nature of dynasties XVI and XVII will be explained in Chapter 13. Furthermore, the beginning of Dynasty V actually follows that of Dynasty VI, an alignment that will be reinforced at the end of this chapter. The reason for this is problematic. It may be that the Fifth was seen by Manetho as a direct continuation of the Fourth. The actual breaks between dynasties resulted from the political decline that followed the catastrophic events enumerated in Chapter Eight, or from invasion or collapse of central authority that resulted from those catastrophes. Whether the numbering of the dynasties goes back to Manetho is not immediately clear. The version of Manetho used by Josephus appears to have had no such numbering and Josephus seems to have been totally unaware of any such system.

4. The 2nd Intermediate Period was much longer than heretofore imagined. During this period the Egyptians lived under divided rule for 468 years, almost half a millennium.

5. The dates for the various subdivisions of the Bronze Age, based on Egyptian chronology, will have to be adjusted slightly to fit the correct lengths of the Egyptian dynasties. This will also affect the related ceramic timeline.

6. Sargon of Akkad did in fact invade and conquer both Lower and Upper Egypt near 2323 BC, and by extension, the rest of the Mediterranean world. Only with the death of Manishtusu did the native dynasty at Herakleopolis arise. And only after the catastrophe of 2230 and the death of Naram-Sin in 2217 did Egypt finally begin to break its final ties with the Akkadian Empire.

7. Noah was indeed Menes. The so-far-tenuous identification of the Deluge with the catastrophe of 2949 BC is correct. By extension, the tree ring event of 3195 marked the Flood of Ogyges recalled even by the Greeks two-and-a-half millennia later.

8. I must admit I am bothered by the length of the reigns during the XVth Dynasty. If the overall length of the "Hyksos" or Asiatic period is correct, and it appears to be, based on the precision of its end at 1534 BC, then either the succession of the kings of the XVth had nothing to do with primogeniture, and may even have been matriarchal in nature, or there are missing kings from the Hyksos period, a possibility that is becoming more probable as indications of unknown Hyksos rulers appear from the excavations at Avaris. The former possibility fits with what we have seen of the succession at Ugarit as it relates to Abraham and his bloodline. I am reminded especially of the ages of Shem and Abraham at the births of their patrilineal heirs, Arpachshad and Isaac, both at the age of 50.

9. The above reconstruction of Manetho reaffirms in sharp relief why true non-mythical Jewish history only begins with Abraham, for that is where it finally begins to seriously intersect with natively ruled Egypt and its scribal tradition. Prior to that, relations between the two camps involved the weak Egyptian administration at Thebes and the Asiatic dynasties at Xoïs and Avaris. Whatever the ultimate nature of this relationship among the various Hyksos, Habiru, and Atonist parties may have been, even if we can finally draw a sharp line among the various camps, there remains too little information to construct a consistent picture, the monument obsessed Egyptians having withdrawn to the Upper Nile for the duration.

10. Finally, there has been some speculation that the rise of the Hyksos, or their displacement from their original homeland that initially put pressure on the Egyptian state, resulted from the catastrophe of 1628. More likely, the end of the Middle Kingdom resulted from the events of 2002, and the rise of the Hyksos had its origins in the event of 1752. One cycle later, the catastrophe marked by the tree ring minimum at 1628 launched the worship at Avaris of Seth by his namesake, Sethos, the Staan of Manetho's list—we will delve more deeply into this subject in Chapter 13. Later, with the imminent event of 1526 clearly on the horizon, the Theban monarchy began to summon the courage to confront the invaders directly. Even then, despite the monuments to the contrary, the Egyptians required the aid of Abraham and his roving Chaldeo-Amorite army-for-hire to finally secure their eastern frontier. In this light, the 18th Dynasty can be seen, not as a break with Asiatic influence in Egypt, but as a new alignment in which Egypt gained the allegiance of the Hebrews against their common Syro-Phoenician and Assyrian enemies. There are lessons here for modern times in the region.

The most radical element of this part of my reconstruction is the extreme lengthening of the 2nd Intermediate Period. It has been difficult to find any absolutely probative evidence for this modification, but there are a few hints. For example, under the 3rd Dynasty of Ur, which lasted approximately 108 years beginning sometime around 2000 BC according to this reconstruction, there are no inscriptions or tablets mentioning Egypt. Some commentators have found this unusual, for Egypt was supposedly a major world power at the time, yet it does not surprise us at all, for the years that saw the rise of the last dynasty of Ur also saw the cometary event of 2002 and the beginning of the 2nd Intermediate Period when Lower Egypt was ruled from the city of Xoïs by a hitherto unknown nationality before being invaded by the Phoenician "Hyksos."

 

A Note on Sothic Dating

According to the Sothic dating system, The "heliacal" rising of Sirius occurred synchronously with the first day of the 365-day Egyptian civil year in 1322, 2782, and 4242 BC, every 1460 years or thereabouts, based on the alignment of AD 139 reported by Censorinus. It seems that the star Sirius, "Sothis" in the Greek rendering of the Egyptian name, rose just before the sun almost precisely every 365.25 days (one-quarter day longer than the civil year) over the entire history of Egypt. This, in turn, places the seventh year of Sesostris III in the year 1872 BC, since the Egyptian records supposedly mention the heliacal rising on the 16th day of the eighth month of that year. This is a full 162 years after our date of 2034 and requires an explanation. The obvious one is that there were two versions of this calendar in use, one in Lower Egypt until the end of the Middle Kingdom and perhaps into the 2nd Intermediate Period, and one in Upper Egypt that was transferred to Lower Egypt with the arrival of Kamose in 1549. For example, if we adjust the Sothic year of 2782 upwards by 162 years, we get 2782+162=2944 BC, a scant six years after the beginning of the 1st Dynasty in 2950. This is what one would expect if the early years of King Menes marked the beginning of a new epoch in North African civilization, which it clearly did. By the time of the reign of Amenhotep I, however, the Upper Egyptian calendar had been transferred to Lower Egypt, so that his reign is found to have begun in 1525 BC, strictly in accordance with the current reconstruction.

Sothic Years One

Lower Egypt

Upper Egypt

   

circa 2944 BC

circa 2782 BC

circa 1484 BC* circa 1322 BC
  AD 139
   

* Not instituted as a result of the invasion of Kamose.

The practical significance of the heliacal rising of Sirius was that it marked the beginning of the flood season in the Delta, an event that would have been of much less significance in Upper Egypt.

 

The Chronography of Eratosthenes

While working on Chapter Fourteen, it occurred to me that there was some confusion as to the proper identification of the Egyptian kings listed in what remains of the Chronography of Eratosthenes. Therefore, the reader is presented with the following table in an attempt to clarify the situation. The list of Eratosthenes is from Hodges (1876). The transliteration from Greek varies slightly in different versions.

Comparison of the Chronography of Eratosthenes with the King-list of Manetho

# Eratosthenes Manetho #
       
1st & 2nd Dynasties
1 Mines Menes 1
2 Athothes Athothis 2
3 Athothes Kenkenes 3
4 Diabies Ouenephes 4
5 Pemphos Ousaphaidos 5
6 Tœgar Amachus Momchiri Miebidos 6
7 Stœchus Semempses 7
8 Gosormies Bienekhes 8
9 Mares Boethos 9
10 Anoÿphes Kaiekhos 10
       
4th Dynasty
11 Sirius Soris 27
12 Chnubus Gneurus Souphis 28
Souphis 29
Menkheres 30
13 Ranosis Rhatoises 31
14 Biuris Bikheris 32
15 Saophis Komastes Seberkheres 33
16 Sensaophis Thamphthis 34
       
6th Dynasty
17 Moscheris Heliodotus Othoes 35
18 Musthis Methousouphis 37
19 Pammus Archondes Phios 36
20 Apaphus Phiops 38
21 Acheskus Okaras Menthesouphis 39
22 Nitokris Nitokris 40
       
10th Dynasty
23 Myrtæus Ammonodotus  
24 Thyosimares, Crataios  
25 Thinillus  
26 Semphrucrates  
27 Chuthur Taurus  
28 Meures Philoscorus  
29 Chomœphtha, Cosmus Philephæstus  
30 Ancunius Ochy  
31 Penteathyris  
       
12th Dynasty
32 Stamenemes Ammenemes  
33 Sistosichermes Sesonkhosis  
34 Maris Ammenemes  
35 Siphoas Sesostris  
36 (not named) Lamares  
37 Phruron=Nilus Ameres  
38 Amuthantæus Ammenemes  
    Skemiophris  
       

The sequence from Myrtaeus Ammonodotus to Penteathyris in Eratosthenes is missing from Manetho and all surviving native king-lists, with the possible exception of one damaged entry in the Turin Papyrus, that of one "Mer...," twelve entries before Mentuhotep I. The papyrus has nine completely missing entries.

 

Decoding the Sumerian Chronicles

Now that we have used the world empire of Sargon and the realization that many an ancient chronology was padded using multiplication by small whole numbers, we might as well tackle the problem of the Sumerian chronicles in an analogous fashion. I must admit this took me a bit longer than the hour or two that it took me to decode Manetho ... but not too much longer.

First let me say that when the Chronicler tells us that kingship at City Y followed kingship at City X in the land of Sumer, he was not just making it up. The notion that the dynasties of Sumer were coeval and one was rising as the other was fading, as suggested by Jean-Jacques Glassner, and that the succession of these kingdoms can be represented by a kind of spiral pattern is—how shall I say it without offending someone?—logically indefensible. When one cuts the lengths of reign during the various periods of Sumerian history down to size, none of these scholarly gymnastics are required. The relevant units for the postdiluvian period are as follows:

1. Sargon and after: one unit per year.

2. Dumuzi the Fisherman of the Dynasty of Eanna until the advent of the Dynasty of Akkad in 2334: one month per unit, or twelve units to a year.

3. From the 1st Dynasty of Kish until the year 2723: 4 days per unit, or 90 units per year. It took me a while to realize they were not using a unit of 6 days, or 60 units per year, as one might expect from a civilization using a sexagesimal or base-60 numbering system. 2723 was an important year. It marked the rise of Dumuzi II to the throne of Eanna, followed at his death by Gilgamesh of the widely read epic thereof. This year was marked by catastrophe, though obviously not the one associated with Noah/Menes. In short, there were two major catastrophes in Sumerian history, both marked by a change of scale of the related historical records, one at the beginning of the 1st Dynasty of Kish and the second at the beginning of the reign of Dumuzi II. The rise of the latter king was also exactly 400 years before the conquest of Egypt by Sargon, so that one might wonder whether Sargon was making some kind of chronological statement when he chose that year to invade.

4. As for the predynastic period, whatever the unit used to generate the reign lengths found in the various versions of this part of the Sumerian king-list, it was obviously not years. No one lives long enough to rule for 43,200 years, despite the followers of Zecharia Sitchin and their nonsensical planet Nibiru, who seem to be suffering from the same cognitive problem as biblical scholars who seriously believe that Methuselah lived to be 900+ years old. It took a while to figure out what the unit, called a saros, actually represented in this particular application, but it most likely referred to 3600 of something. The most obvious unit would be one tenth of a minute, which would suggest that the proper divisor for generating realistic reign lengths is 1440, the number of six-hour-periods or quarter days in a Sumerian 360-day year. Thus, Enmenlu-Anna would have ruled, not 43,200 years, but 30 years. The repetition of some of these reign lengths—25 years twice and 20 years three times—and the general presence of what look like rounded off numbers suggest that these periods are either approximate and that only the last two of them, those of Enmendur-Anna (14 years, 7 months) and Ubar-tutu (12 years, 11 months), are terribly accurate; or that these figures represent multiples of a set term of 5 years. It would appear that these predynastic kings began to rule sometime shortly after the flood of Ogyges and that they represent what might be called the Interdiluvian Period.

The Sumerian Kings of the Interdiluvian Period

Sumerian King Reign Length
(Berossos) yrs;months
Reign Length
(Sumerian King-List) yrs;mths
Correct?
yrs;months
       
Alulium 25 20 25 20
Alalgar 7;6 25 7;6 25
Amelon 32;6 32;6 20
Enmenlu-Anna 30 30 30
Enmengal-Anna 45 20 20
Dumuzi 25 25 25
Ensipazi-Anna 45 20 20
Enmendur-Anna 25 14;7 14;7
Ubar-Tutu 20 12;11 12;11
Xisouthros 45 45
       
Average Reign: 30 20.9 23.3

The following table is based upon information found in Glassner's Mesopotamian Chronicles that has been modified using the four chronological factors elaborated above:

The Chronicle of the Single Monarchy from the 1st Dynasty of Kish
through the Dynasty of Akkad—Adjusted and Aligned

Sumerian Dynasties Year BC Units Ruled
units(;x/12;x/360)
Years Ruled
yrs;months(;days)
       
Begin 1440 Units/Year (1 "saros" = 360 minutes = 6 hours = ¼ day)
       
Predynastic 3181?–2949 352,800? 232;6?
       
Alulium 3181?–3156? 28800 25
Alalgar 3156?–3149? 36000 7;6?
Amelon (foreign ruler?* [Myrina?]) 3149?–3116? 46800? 32;6?
Enmenlu-Anna 3116?–3086? 43200 30
Enmengal-Anna (Herakles?) 3086?–3066? 28800 20
Dumuzi 3066?–3041? 36000 25
Ensipazi-Anna (Apollo?) 3041?–3021? 28800 20
Enmendur-Anna (Ammon?) 3021?–3006? 21000 14;7
Ubar-tutu 3006?–2994? 18600 12;11
Xisouthros (foreign ruler?* [Zeus]) 2994?–2949 64800? 45?
       
Begin 90 Units/Year (1 unit = 4 days)

 

 

   

1st Dynasty of Kish

2949–2745 18,390;3;3.5 204;7;3.5

 

     
Gishar 2949 1200 13;41
Kullassina-bel 2936 900 10;0
Nan-GI(SH)-lishma 2926 1200 13;4
En-dara-ana 2913 420;3;3.5 4;11;3.5
Babum 2908 300 3;4
Pu'an 2905 840 9;4
Kalibum 2895 900 10;0
Kalumum 2885 840 9;4
Zuqaqip 2876 900 10;0
Atab 2866 600 6;8
Mashda 2859 840 9;4
Arwi'um 2850 720 8;0
Etana 2842 1500 16;8
Balih 2825 400 4;5;10
Enme-nuna 2821 660 7;4
Melam-Kish 2813 900 10;0
Barsal-nuna 2803 1200 13;4
Samug 2790 140 1;6;20
Tizkar 2789 305 3;4;20
Ilku'u 2785 900 10;0
Ilta-sadum 2775 1200 13;4
Enme(n)-baragesi 2762 900 10;0
Aka 2752 625 6;11;10

 

 

   

Dynasty of Eanna

2745–2693 1944 + 365 21;7;6 + 30;3

 

     
Mes-ki'ag-gasher 2745 324 3;7;6
Enmekar 2741 420 4;8
Lugal-banda 2736 1200 13;4
       
Begin 12 Units/Year (1 unit = 1 Sumerian month = 30 days)
       
Dumuzi II 2723 100 8;4
Gilgamesh 2715 126 10;6
Ur-Nungal 2704 30 2;6
Udul-kalama 2702 15 1;3
La-baser 2701 9 0;7
Ennun-dara-ana 2700 7 0;7
Meshe 2700 36 3;0
Melam-ana 2697 6 0;6
Lugal-ki-GIN 2696 36 3;0
       

1st Dynasty of Ur

2693–2679 177 14;9

 

     
Mes-ane-pada 2693 80 6;8
Mes-ki'ag-nuna 2686 36 3;0
Elulu 2683 25 2;1
Ralulu 2681 36 3;0

 

 

   

Dynasty of Awan

2678–2649 356 29;8

 

     
? 2678 ? ?
Lu ? ? ?
Kul... 2652 36 3;0
       
2nd Dynasty of Kish 2649–2466 2195(?)2 182;11
       
Su-suda 2649 200 16;8
Dadase 2632 370(?)3 30;10
Mamagal 2601 240 20;0
Kalbum 2581 195 16;3
TUG 2565 360 30;0
Men-nuna 2535 180 15;0
Enbi-Ishtar 2520 290 24;2
Lugalgu 2496 360 30;0
       

Dynasty of Hamazi

2466–2436 360 30;0

 

     
Hatanis 2466 360 30;0
 

 

   

1st Dynasty of Uruk

2436–2420

187 15;7
       
En-shakush-ana 2436 60 5;0
Lugal-ure 2431 120 10;0

Argandea

2421

7 0;7
       
2nd Dynasty of Ur 2420–2411 104 8;8
       
Nanne 2420 54 4;6
Mes-ki'ag-Nanna 2416 48 4;0
? 2412 2 0;2
       

Dynasty of Adab

2411–2404 90 7;6

 

     
Lugal-ane-mundu 2411 90 7;6
       
Dynasty of Mari 2404–2393 136 11;4
       
Anubu 2404 30 2;6
Anba 2401 17 1;5
Bazi 2400 30 2;6
Zizi 2397 20 1;8
Lim-er 2396 30 2;6
Sarrum-iter 2393 9 0;9
       
3rd Dynasty of Kish 2393–2384 100 8;4
       

Ku-Baba

2393

100 8;4
       
Dynasty of Akshak 2384–2377 93 7;9
       
Unzi 2384 30 2;6
Undalulu 2382 6 0;6
Urur 2381 6 0;6
Puzur-Nirah 2381 20 1;8
Ishu-Il 2379 24 2;0
Shu-Sin 2377 7 0;7
       
4th Dynasty of Kish 2377–2336 491 40;11
       
Puzur-Sin 2377 25 2;1
Ur-Zababa4 2374 400 33;4
Simudara 2341 30 2;6
Usi-water 2339 7 0;7
Ishtar-muti 2338 11 0;11
Ishme-Shamash 2337 11 0;11
Nanniya 2336 7 0;7
       
2nd Dynasty of Uruk 2336–2334 25 2;1
       
Lugal-zagesi 2336 25 2;1
       
End Expanded Timescale (1 unit = 1 Sumerian year = 360 days)
       
Dynasty of Akkad 2334–2153   181
       
Sargon [Ninus] 2334   56
Rimush [Semiramis/Nitokris] 2278   9
Manishtusu 2269   15
Naram-Sin [Nimrod] 2254   37
Shar-kali-sharri 2217   25
Irgigi 2192   3
Nanuni ?  
Imi ?  
Elulu ?  
Dudu 2189   21
Shu-Durul 2168   15
       
Uruk 2153-2123   30
       
Gutians 2123-ca 2028   91/97
       
Uruk ca 2028-ca 2002   7/26
       
3rd Dynasty of Ur ca 2002-ca 1895   106/108
       
Isin      
       

Cometary rulers.  *Missing from the Chronicle of the Single Monarchy.

1Months have been summed into years beginning with Uruk II and working backward rather than beginning with Kish I and working forward.
2
The Chronicle of the Single Monarchy has 3195 years here, which makes no sense.
3
This figure is hypothetical, and has been added to bring the total for the dynasty to 2195 years.
4Sargon was cupbearer to Ur-Zababa, most likely toward the end of his reign, since Sargon would not have been much older than 13 at the death of the king. Even then, Sargon would have lived to be about 76. It is certainly possible that he was born a bit earlier than the appearance of the comet in 2354, though, like many another cometary ruler, he clearly saw himself as an incarnation of the sun god.

In conclusion, and according to the present reconstruction, the 1st Dynasty of Egypt at Thinis began in 2950 with King Menes. The 1st Dynasty of Sumer at Kish began very early in the year 2949 with King Gishar. The Indian solar succession is very nearly synchronous, beginning with the death of Menes in 2920. For all practical purposes, the three dynasties began at the same time. Their beginning marked the most important geophysical event of the past five millennia—whose effects included the Deluge in Egypt, the Flood in Mesopotamia, and the desiccation of the Sahara—all caused by a close encounter of the earth with the comet Typhon. These encounters with Typhon would mark significant transitions in the history of the peoples of earth for at least another 3000 years, leading ultimately to the establishment of a group of religions in the Near East whose influence would finally spread to the four corners of the world. It is to this later period in the development of cometary religion that we will turn in Chapter Twelve, before returning again to the subject of the Egyptian timeline in Chapter Thirteen.

 

Nitocris and Sargon

Once we have the correct relative dates for the kings of the Egyptian and Sumerian lists, we are in a position to understand the events surrounding the rise of Queen Nitocris (also spelled Nitokris), identified by Herodotus with separate women in Egypt and at Babylon. As he says, "The name of the ['one native Egyptian'] queen was Nitocris—the same as that of the Babylonian queen." It turns out that the seriously corrupted and mythologized stories of both Nitocris and Semiramis, the latter often identified with Queen Sammu-ramat of Assyria and placed by Herodotus five generations before Nitocris in Assyria, may refer to a single Egyptian individual closely allied with Sargon I of Akkad, perhaps before and certainly after his conquest of Egypt and his founding of the Seventh Dynasty. As Deborah Levine Gera writes in Warrior Women: The Anonymous Tractatus de Mulieribus, "The two Babylonian queens nonetheless sound remarkably alike and scholars suspect that they are, in fact, one and the same figure." She also tells us that Nitocris, despite Manetho, was an exclusively Egyptian name—there is no Assyrian equivalent—making the historical Nitocris an Egyptian. The three most important characters in the story of Nitocris/Semiramis are the queen herself; Sargon the Great of Akkad, masquerading as Ninus in Diodorus and Herodotus; and her earlier husband, called Onnes by Herodotus and identified by him as a general of Ninus, though the author of the Tractatus calls him "a governor of the king." In reality, according to our reconstructed history of Manetho, Nitocris was queen and ruler at Memphis while Onnes (the Onnos of Manetho) ruled at Elephantine. Onnos was Unas of the Pyramid Texts, as well as General Una. According to The Encyclopædia Britannica of 1890, Una was appointed governor of Upper Egypt by Merenra, the Menthesouphis of Manetho and the brother of Nitocris. Here we have further confirmation of the relative dates for the Memphite and Elephantine dynasties of the 25th and 24th Centuries and, in fact, a virtual lock on the entire dynasty, since Menthesouphis ruled for less than a year, a period at least part of which fell within the year 2329 BC.

If we take the myths at all seriously, what we have is Nitocris taking the throne of Lower Egypt from her brother Menthesouphis in 2329, marrying Onnos who had taken the throne of Upper Egypt the same year and thus opening up the possibility of joint rule, then collaborating with Sargon in his conquest of Lower Egypt in 2323. That Semiramis/Nitocris was supposed to have been a queen of Babylon is not terribly surprising, for Sargon is supposed to have built Babylon near Akkad. That Nitocris was credited by Manetho with building the third pyramid at Giza may be explained by his confusion of Netjerikare Menkare (the native name for Nitocris) with the king of the Fourth Dynasty he calls Menkheres, if he is not simply thinking of an Akkadian ziggurat. It should also be pointed out that the line of Egyptian kings whose names ended in kheres (Higgins's cheres) ended abruptly in 2329 with the appearance of Onnos, foreshadowing a change of dynasty just prior to the arrival of Sargon on the Lower Nile.

The first of our two legendary queens, Semiramis was supposed to have been the wife of Ninus, the eponymous builder of Nineveh and son of Belus—the god Baal, identified by the Greeks with their own Zeus. Belus, in turn, was the son of Libya. These are all clearly mythological characters, and Semiramis herself has been identified with the goddess Astarte, the Syrian equivalent of Ishtar, whose weapon Sargon claimed to have wielded, so at the very least, if she was human at all, her subjects would have seen her as an incarnation of the Goddess. This was exactly the position of the kings and queens of Egypt. They were literally gods on earth. As we shall see in Chapter Thirteen, it was one of these "gods" that visited Lot before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. According to Diodorus, Semiramis continued to rule after "Ninus" had died. This would bring her well into the reign of Rimush, the supposed son of Sargon. In fact, it should become immediately clear to the reader who this Rimush must have been. She was the wife of Sargon under the shortened form of her Akkadian name, rendered into Greek as Semiramis, and she ruled for nine years after Sargon died. In 2269, Semiramis/Nitocris herself left the throne and was replaced by Manishtusu. If Diodorus is correct in ascribing a 42-year reign to Semiramis, she must have become co-ruler with Sargon in 2311, the year after Onnos died. 2254 saw the death of Manishtusu and the rise of Naram-sin, the ill-fated Nimrod of the bible, and the appearance of the Ninth Dynasty at Herakleopolis, which marked the beginning of the end of Akkadian rule in Egypt.

It may also be possible to fill in some of the events that occurred during this period of time by referring to the surviving legendary material. For example, Onnes is supposed to have committed suicide upon learning of the demand of "Ninus" that he hand over his wife Semiramis to him, and Ninus's threat to have him blinded if he did not comply. Did the real Onnos actually kill himself upon learning of Sargon's intention to marry Nitocris? We cannot be certain, but there is no obvious reason to assume otherwise. The legends also tell of Semiramis fighting alongside of Ninus during his campaign in Bactria. We have already seen that Sargon bragged about his possession of the "weapon of Ishtar," which could very well refer to the military prowess of his new bride, if not also to some special weapon she possessed, perhaps forged from meteoric material from the comet of 2354. I am reminded of the sword of King Arthur, the Excaliber of legend. Beyond this, there are multiple references to the building activities of Semiramis. The construction of Babylon, in particular, fits the time period and the common claim that it was Sargon who was responsible for the new city. No doubt there are other elements of the legends that will in the future shed further light on the events that surrounded the Akkadian conquest of Egypt.

 

The Timeline in India

Father Bacchus was the first who invaded India,
and was the first of all who triumphed over the vanquished Indians.
—Megasthenes of Arachosia, Indica

If Waddell is correct and Sargon is the Sagara of the Indian solar king-list, then it should be possible to reconstruct the Indian timeline back to Icshwaca, the brother-in-law of that earliest Buddha (Colonel James Tod calls him Boodha) of the lunar list whom Godfrey Higgins identifies as an earlier incarnation of Krishna:

I shall now shew that Buddha and Cristna were only renewed incarnations of the same Being, and that Being the Solar power, or a principle symbolized by the Sun―a principle made by the sun visible to the eyes of mortals: and particularly exhibiting himself in his glory at the vernal equinox, in the heavenly constellation known by the name of Taurus, as BUDDHA, and subsequently in that of Aries as CRISTNA....

Buddha is allowed by his enemies, the Brahmins, to have been an avatar. Then here is divine wisdom incarnate, of whom the Bull of the Zodiac was the emblem. Here he is the Protogonos or first-begotten, the God or Goddess Мητις of the Greeks, being, perhaps, both male and female. He is at once described as divine wisdom, the Sun, and Taurus. This is the first Buddha or incarnation of wisdom, by many of the Brahmins often confounded with a person of the same name, supposed to have lived at a later day. In fact, Buddha or the wise, if the word were not merely the name of a doctrine, seems to have been an appellation taken by several persons, or one person incarnate at several periods, and from this circumstance much confusion has arisen.... The mother of Buddha was MAIA ....

Both the names Menes and Noah appear in the Indian lists, Menes as Manu in the solar list and Noah as Nohas in the lunar list. It should be noted that Nohas is made the great-great-grandson of Manu, thus demonstrating the synthetic nature of the upper reaches of the combined tree and suggesting that these are not actually genealogical tables but lists of kings, thereby explaining the presence of Sargon in both lists. The following tables are extracted from Col. Tod's Annals and Antiquities of Rajast'han. Unfortunately, the Indian "genealogies" fail to give reign lengths, perhaps in the interest of maintaining the illusion that these constitute family history and not political succession, so that we can only calculate an average reign for the sequences.

List of the Solar Kings of India from Menes until Sargon

#

Solar King

Ruled (BC)
     
1 Vaivaswama (Soorya/Bacchus [the sun]) ca 2986-2950
2 Vaivaswata Manoo (Menes of Egypt/Minos of Crete) 2950-2920
3 Icshwaca 2920-?
4 Vicoocshi 19¼-year
average reign
5 Pooroonjah or Kakoosta
6 An-Prithû
7 Visgundhi
8 Ardrah
9 Yavan
10 Sravas
11 Vrihadaswa
12 Dhoondmār
13 Dridaswa
14 Hariaswa
15 Nicoompa
16 Varunaswa
17 Sénajíta
18 Yavanaswa
19 Mándhāta or Soovindhū
20 Poorkootchu
21 Aroona
22 Trividhdunwa
23 Atraroona
24 Sutvritha
25 Trisoonkha
26 Harchandra
27 Rohita, founder of Rohitas
28 Haríta
29 Champa, founder of Champapoor
30 Vijeya
31 Barooka
32 Vricksha
33 Bahooca or Usita, in the Ramayana ?-after 2317
34 Sāgāra of Ayodhya (Sargon of Akkad) after 2317-2278
35 Kési 2278-2269
36 Asmanjas (Manishtusu) 2269-2254
     

List of the Lunar Kings of India from Noah until Sargon

#

Lunar King

Ruled (BC)
     
1 Yáoú or Ayú (Iahu [sun]/descendant of Chandra [moon]) ca 2986-2950
2 Nohas or Nahús (Noah) 2950-2920
3 Yáyat 2920-?
4 Yadu 20-year
average reign
5 Kroost'ha
6 Vrijinaswa
7 Swápi
8 Oorbhanga or Oosádrú
9 Chitbrita
10 Susbinda or Sasoovindha
11 Pritooserva
12 Sujakookya
13 Oosána
14 Titeki
15 Moorita
16 Komāla
17 Variswa
18 Rookmawa
19 Rookmésa
20 Prithookma
21 Huboosman
22 Jamooga
23 Subyapi
24 Vidurba
25 Kesooka
26 Lompáda
27 Driti
28 Jimoontha
29 Rishibha
30 Bhimritha
31 Navaritha
32 Didritha ?-after 2317
33 Sacoonthá (Sha-Kuni1 [Sargon of Akkad]) after 2317-2278
     

1This is Waddell's rendering of the name derived from the Puranas. Most of Tod's versions of the names here and in the table above vary, more or less, from the Puranas.

 

Hercules and the Early Rulers of India

Colonel James Tod (1914) is, on the whole, a bit too naïve in regard to the native genealogies of India. He does, however, make one important association that places the Battle of Kurukshetra and related events in their proper context:

Arrian gives the story thus: "He (Hercules) had a daughter when he was advanced in years; and being unable to find a husband worthy of her, he married her himself, that he might supply the throne of India with monarchs. Her name was Pandea, and he caused the whole province in which she was born to receive its name from her" [emphasis in original].

This is the very legend contained in the Pooráns, of Vyasu (who was Heri-cul-és, or chief of the race of Heri) and his spiritual daughter Pandea, from whom the grand race the Pandua; and from whom Dehli and its dependencies were designated the Pandua sovereignty [variant spellings in original].

We have already seen that this particular Hercules was Her, the "Egyptian Hercules" of the Greeks, that very same world emperor who appears in the Hebrew bible under the names Jared and Irad, whose sons battled for control of India, if not the world, at Kurukshetra.

It should be clear from the tree below that Hericrishna was a composite character made up of Heri and Krishna, father and son, as Uranus and Cronus were father and son in the Greek legends, thus explaining the confusion between Krishna and Vyasa in the Vedas, as suggested by the statement of Frederick Pargiter in Ancient Indian Historical Tradition that,

Epic and Puranic tradition unanimously and repeatedly declares that the Veda was arranged by the great rishi, Parasara's son Krsna Dvaipayana, who was consequently renowned by the name Vyasa.

He thus indirectly reinforces Tod's identification of Vyasa with the chief of the race of Heri.

Once we understand that Vyasa was another name for Her, it becomes clear that a certain amount of distortion has been introduced into the early history of India. There is a clear repetition of the late antediluvian kings, who appear at the head of the family tree (or, more accurately, king-list) presented by Colonel Tod and then again later on, after Sargon had come and gone and native rule had returned to the subcontinent.

What appears to have happened is that the ancient Indian historians were presented with a discontinuity that resembled that encountered by the authors of the Hebrew bible, at least for the period after Sargon, but rather than ascribe absurd ages to the kings who were known in order to cover up the discrepancy the way the Hebrews had done, they simply repeated the early kings in the series in the service of making the later kings appear to be more recently descended from those antediluvian monarchs. This deception was good enough to fool Colonel Tod and many scholars of his time and later into thinking that the characters in the Mahabharata had lived many centuries after they had actually done so.

Tentative Genealogy of the House of Santana

Sargon in China

Reconstructing the early Chinese timeline is more than a little difficult due to scant evidence of Akkadian hegemony that far east. Even Waddell fails to find the footprints of the armies of  the "world emperor" beyond the valley of the Indus, though the identification by Josephus of Ophir with the city of Malacca on the Strait of Malacca, which links the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea, is suggestive. Yet there was a king of the Xia dynasty whose name resembles that of Sargon (or Sharru-kinu), though the notion that the reign of Yu of Xia followed directly on that of the antediluvian Shun, the enemy of Yao, would place Shao Kang of Xia too early in the history of China. Here again, we may suspect the merging of an antediluvian king-list with a list of later kings, as we have already seen in the records of the Hebrews and the Indians. Whether Sargon actually conquered all of these areas or whether the story simply developed a life of its own remains unclear. If Sargon does turn out to have been in China, it would have been as part of an essentially coastal and riverine empire.

The "volcanic winter" that ended the reign of Jie, the last king of Xia, has lately been associated with the event of 1628 BC. However, if Shao Kang is indeed Sargon, then this period of climatic distortion must have resulted from the event of 2002 BC that led to the fall of the 12th Dynasty and terminated the Middle Kingdom in Egypt.

The Xia Kings Including Sargon and Manishtusu

# [born] Ruled1 (BC)

Xia King [years ruled]4

Comments [usurper]

 

 

 

 

1

2466/2429-2422

Yu [45/8]

Flooding (2477)

 

2419?-2415?

Yi/Yih5

Missing from the Bamboo Books but found in the Shiji

2

2415?-2400?

Qi/K‘e [16]

 

3

2397-2394

Tai Kang/T‘ae-kang [4]

[Yi/E (2397-2375)]6

4

2391-2385

Zhang Kang/Chung-k‘ang [7]

5

2382–2355

Xiang/Seang [28]

[Han Zhuo/Han-tsuh (killed Yi: 2375, killed Xiang: 2355; died: 2315)]

6

[2354]2 2314–2294

Shao Kang/Shaou-k‘ang [21]

Sargon of Akkad

7

2291–2275

Zhu/Ch‘oo [17]

 

9

2273?–2254

Mang [58]

Manishtusu

2253?–2216?

?

Gap in timeline included in
58-year reign of Mang7

8

2215?–2172?

Huai/Fun [44]

Transposed with Mang

10

2169–2145

Xie/Seeh [25]

 

11

2141–2083

Bu Jiang/Puh-keong [59]

Resigned

12

2082–2065

Jiong/Peen [18]

 

13

2061–2054

Jin/Kin [8]

 

14

2051–2043

Kong Jia/K‘ung-kea [9]

 

15

2040–2038

Gao/Haou [3]

 

16

2035–2029

Fa/Fah [7]

 

17

2026–19963

Jie/Kwei or Kee [31]3

"Volcanic winter" (2002)

 

 

 

 

TOTAL:

471 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cometary rulers.

1All dates are circa. Dates marked "?" are less certain. The entire sequence is aligned with the birth of Shao Kang/Sargon in 2354.
2
75 years after Yu took the throne.
3All events after the 14th year of Jie involve interactions with the Shang and are therefore suspect. 
4According to the Bamboo Books, not including the ~3-year mourning period.
5The spellings after the slash are from Legge.
6It is not clear whether this is the same Yi who succeeded Yu. Chronologically, however, that would make a lot of sense, suggesting that Yi was not happy with being replaced by Qi and took matters into his own hands at Qi's death.
7
This would include the cometary event of 2230 and its aftermath.

Little is known of the (mainly mythological) history of any of the variations on Sargon found at Akkad and in Assyria, India, and China. At this point, it may be useful to compare what survives of the early history of this king at these locations in an attempt to develop the identification of Shao Kang with Sargon..

At Akkad, Sargon was the cup-bearer of Ur-Zababa, whose reign ended, according to the current reconstruction, seven years before Sargon became king. He was supposedly the son of the gardener La-ibum and a priestess or vestal virgin, the latter of whom, having violated her vow of chastity, consigned him to a small reed boat, suggesting the same sort of procedure that made Moses the son of a god and not of a mortal, thus making him eligible to rule an earthly kingdom. Sargon was found by Akki, an irrigator, and was raised by him. Later, he was ordered killed by Ur-Zababa at the hands of a smith after Sargon dreamed that the king would be drowned by the goddess Inanna (the Ishtar of the Babylonians). According to the story, Sargon was then sent off to King Lugal-zagesi of Uruk to be slain, though the latter would not rule until five years after Zababa died, suggesting a compression of the story.

In another version, that of his official biography, Sargon "knew not his father," which may simply mean that he had died by the time Sargon was born. He clearly knew who his father was, since he knew that his father's brother lived in the mountains, suggesting an origin somewhere in Iran. In this version, Sargon was a gardener, carrying on the trade of his biological father, which suggests what happened to him after leaving the employ of Ur-Zababa and might also explain his presence at Uruk, either by happenstance or design.

In Chapter Six we determined that "Sargon I" of Assyria was the same king as Sargon of Akkad, misplaced in modern chronologies as the result of an unrecognized gap between Ila-Kabkabu and Samsi-Addu closely related to the one in the Hebrew bible between Noah (Menes) and Ham (Hammurabi). According to Avner Falk, in A Psychoanalytical History of the Jews, a seal of this alter ego of Sargon of Akkad was found in Cappadocia near the Gomer of the Table of Nations.

In India, Sāgāra was a king of the Solar line and a descendant of Manu. He lived at Ayodhya, which Waddell and a few others have seen as the location of the so far unidentified city of Akkad, though, as with the various Alexandrias, we may be looking at a case of multiple cities with the same name established by the same ruler. Sāgāra was supposedly the son of Bahooca, though this family relationship may result from the insertion of a foreign ruler into the genealogies of the kings of India. His mother was Yadavi, who bore him at the ashram of Aurva, where she fled after the defeat of Bahooca, a king mentioned in the Ramayana, of the Hahaiya dynasty. In this version, Sargon's mother arrived at the religious retreat already pregnant, whereas, in the Akkadian story, she was living there when she met his father. However, by a peculiar plot distortion and an unlikely derivation of Sāgāra's name, Yadavi is made to live with her husband at the ashram for many years before she is delivered of her son after the death of Bahooca, suggesting, as in the Akkadian tale, that she was impregnated there. Upon reaching adulthood, Sāgāra drove out the Haihayas and restored the Suryavanshi rulers, events echoed in the story of Shao Kang in China.

In China, Shao Kang's mother Min, in whom we may see a distant echo of Maia the consort of Vulcan, was pregnant with him when her husband Di Xiang was murdered by Han Zhuo, perhaps a representation of the comet. The former was a descendant of Tai Kang, who lost his empire to Yi and retreated to the kingdom of Reng. Shao Kang became master of the stables there before having to flee to the kingdom of Yu when Han Zhuo attempted to have him killed, echoing the story of Sargon, who had to flee twice to avoid being murdered. Shao Kang then became a cook for the king of Yu, resembling both the cup bearer story from Akkad and his identification as a gardener in his official biography.. He then married the two daughters of the king before returning home the year after Han Zhuo was killed by allied forces and retaking his kingdom.

One might see these variations on a theme as the result of the evolution of the story as it traveled eastward from the Middle East. However, as Sargon is known to have constructed an official biography for his subjects at Akkad, it is just as probable that he concocted a series of these biographies, each explaining his presence in one of the various kingdoms that he conquered.

It appears that the reigns of Mang and Huai have been reversed in the Bamboo Books. They further give the reign of Mang as 58 years, which period would include not only his reign but part of the reign of his successor, Naram-Sin, down to the cometary year of 2230 BC, when he was blamed for the collapse of the Temple of Enlil at Nippur (the "Tower of Babel"), as well as a period of disruption after the appearance of the comet. Stable government would then only have been reestablished around 2215 with the initiation of the reign of the misplaced Huai.

There are also indications (mentioned by Frank Brinkley and Dairoku Kikuchi in A History of the Japanese People of 1915) that the Chinese believed that the first ruler of Japan was a son of Shao Kang, suggesting, at the very least, that Mang ruled over a large enough territory and was considered powerful enough to have influenced the early political development of the land they called Wa. If this turned out to be true, it would push the rise of kingship in Japan back into the Middle Jomon Period. Arai Hakuseki, a Confucian scholar of the 17th and early 18th centuries, rejected this notion (see Mark J. Hudson in Michael Weiner's Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Japan), but entertained the notion, according to Hudson, "that certain Kyushu chieftains may have been descended from [Wu] Taibo or Shaokang."  Kyushu is the southwestern most major island of Japan and is located across the East China Sea just north of east from the mouth of the Yellow River, a reasonable target for Manishtusu in his quest for world domination.

At the end of the Xia, in the 10th year of Jie,

...The five planets went out of their courses. In the night, stars fell like rain. The earth shook. The [rivers] E and Loh went dry.

However, all events after the 14th year of Jie involve interactions with the Shang and are therefore suspect. Thus, the 10th year of Jie, when "the stars fell like rain," may actually have been his 25th year, the year 2002 BC that saw the rise of the 14th Dynasty at Xois in Egypt.

 

When Did Sargon Conquer India?

We are now in a position to examine the details of Sargon's progress across the ancient world. From the fragments of the Persian History of Ctesias found in Diodorus, we know that "Ninus," whom we have already identified with Sargon, conquered many realms before he set his sights farther to the east. Some of their names have been preserved to us, beginning with Armenia and Media, conquered in alliance with the Arabians. Diodorus points out that Sargon's later campaigns were in "lands which lie on the sea and . . . which border on these," again suggesting that his empire was coastal and riverine.

Since the undertakings of Ninus were prospering in this way, he was seized with a powerful desire to subdue all of Asia that lies between Tanaïs [the Don] and the Nile. . . . [W]ithin a period of seventeen years he became master of them all except the Indians and Bactrians.

This would have brought him down to 2317 BC or slightly later, by which time he had conquered, among others and again according to Diodorus, the following nations:

Egypt and Phoenicia,
Coele-Syria,
Cilicia,
Pamphylia,
Lycia,
Caria,
Phrygia,
Lydia,
The Troad (Troy and environs, the origin of Luke),
Phrygia "on the Hellespont,"
Propontis,
Bithynia,
Cappadocia,
The coast of the Pontus (Black Sea) as far east as the Don,
Persis,
Susiana,
Caspiana, beyond the Caspian Gates.

After founding Nineveh, Ninus is supposed to have gone on to conquer the Bactrians.

In a flight into what appears at first glance to be complete fancy, Ctesias, via Diodorus, has "Ninus" dying after the Bactrian campaign and ascribes the attack on India to his wife "Semiramis." But we already know that Sargon conquered part of China near 2314, so that we can surmise that his conquest of the Indus Valley occurred sometime between ca 2317 and ca 2314 and may have taken as long as three years. The purported preparations of Semiramis for the war with the Indians, in fact, were supposed to have taken two years, with the attack in the third. The other, more interesting, alternative is that the story of Ctesias represents not the original conquest of India by Sargon but the attempt of his wife and successor to retake it, after it had already been lost, by marching overland, in which case she would have made the same mistake as Alexander many centuries later, the Indians being well equipped to defend against a land attack. This would place the invasion under Semiramis sometime after 2276 BC.

It is unclear when Sargon arrived in Spain (the Tubal of the Table of Nations), though his power remained at its height until ca 2294, giving him 20 years to consolidate and extend his dominion before it began to decay when he lost China. Only with the rise of Sargon's son Manishtusu after the death of his wife Semiramis-Nitocris did the empire return to its former glory, extending again as far as China, only to collapse again during the reign of Naram-Sin, perhaps the peaceable Ninyas of the legend, with the return of Typhon and the fall of the "Tower of Babel" at Nippur, bringing to an end the use of Akkadian as the universal diplomatic language of the ancient world.

 

Confusion of Sargon with Takshac

The name Sénajíta appears in both the Indian Solar list above and the list of the kings of Magadha of the Solar line who ruled after the period of the Mahabharata War, so that the attentive reader of Colonel Tod (1914) would be justified in suspecting that parts of the two dynasties were synchronous and that Sargon, or Sagara, was confused with Takshac, both of whom invaded India, Sargon by sea from Mesopotamia and Takshac by land from Scythia around the time of Mahavira and Siddhartha, suggesting that there is a misalignment of approximately 1800 years or three neros cycles in the Indian "genealogies," one and a half times that found in the Hebrew bible.

Colonel Tod writes,

In the Ramayana it is stated that the sacrificial horse was stolen by "a serpent (Takshac) assuming the form of Anunta [or Ananta]."

The reader will recognize the serpent as another incarnation of the comet of Typhon. Assuming for the moment that this Takshac was the king of the same name, it appears that even as early as the time of the composition of the Ramayana (between 300 and 200 BC), the 6th Century BC Takshac had already been confused with one of its characters.

Alignment of the Solar Kings with the Kings of Magadha Based on the Misidentification of Takshac with Sargon

Solar Kings1
(Indus Valley)

Ruled (BC)

Comments

Kings of Magadha

Ruled (BC)

Comments5

Vaivaswama
(Surya/Dionysus)
ca 2986–2950 2986=Bharata War. Begin Harappa Culture
Manu 2950–2920 Menes/Minos of Egypt & Crete

Icshwaca

2920

Marjari

1st Dynasty

12 more kings

5 more kings

Varunaswa2 Vrahitséna
Sénajíta ca 2650   Sénajíta ca 2650  
15 more kings  

13 more kings

Ripunjya (Ripunjaya)
3 kings plus 2nd Dynasty
Bahuca or Usita to ca 2317 Rajaca plus to ca 2317 Buddha appears (ca 2354)

Gap in timeline

Sāgāra 2317–2278 Sargon of Akkad. Begin Mature Phase of Harappa Culture.
Begin Indus Valley Script
Takshac or Nandivardana
(brother of Mahavira,
the 24th tirthankara)
to circa 563 Confused with Sargon
Kési 2278–2269
Asmanjas 2269–2254 Manishtusu of Akkad Séhesnag ca 563 3rd Dynasty. Nagas="Snake Race." Buddha appears5
21 more kings 10 more kings incl. Nanda
Ujá

Désárátha

Chandragupta ca 323 4th Dynasty
[Bharata]     Varusara    
Ramachandra3 after 1877 Synchronous with Munisuvrata (20th tirthankara)4.
Begin Late Harappa Culture
Aśoka ca 268

23 more kings

6 more kings ca 232
Prisenjita to ca 1526    
Némí (Nami Nath) ca 1526 21st tirthankara. Begin
Post-Harappa Cultures
     
27 more kings          
Arishta Némi
("Black Némi"=Neminath)
ca 1036 22nd tirthankara.
Successor of Bahumán
21 more kings   810 BC=Parshvanath
(23rd tirthankara)
     
Kritraja          
Takshac to circa 563        

BOLD DATE: New sequence after break.  Red: Common elements of the two chronologies.  Green: Foreign rulers.

1Megasthenes has 153 kings from Dionysus (Surya) until Sandrocottus (Chandragupta). The current reconstruction has 149.
2
Varunaswa appears in the Lunar List in the form of Variswa. It is unclear at present whether Vrahitséna of Magadha is the same ruler. Varunaswa was roughly synchronous with Howawa of Crete.
3
The defeat of Ravana by Rama may actually represent the defeat of the Indus Valley civilization.
4
In the earliest forms of Buddhism there were only eight Buddhas in total, as opposed to the later system of 24 or 28. This most likely also applies to the notion of 24 tirthankaras among the Jains, a distribution reinforced by the length of time between Adinath and Ramachandra, the latter purportedly synchronous with Munisuvrata, and suggesting that there were two avatars between ca 3565 BC and ca 1877 BC, most likely Aranath and Mallinath (the latter possibly a female), with an average distribution of one every 563 years during that time, and with an overall average period of 429 years.
5
Some of these are from Colonel Tod.

We see here the origin of the great debate between the traditionalists who see the Mahabharata War as a product of the beginning of the Kali Yuga, commonly placed near 3100 BC (3072 according to the current reconstruction), and the historians who locate it somewhere between 1450 and 950 BC based on retrocalculation from known actors on the stage of history. It is my considered opinion that the traditionalists are at least partially correct and that the retrocalculations are faulty, having been based upon an incomplete series of king-lists, there having been an enormous gap between Rajaca and Takshac at Magadha. It also appears that the reign of Ramachandra marks the beginning of the Devolutionary Phase of the Post-Harappa Culture, resulting not so much from an "Aryan invasion" as from the approach of the Comet of Typhon near 1752 BC, and that the events that resulted from that approach, perhaps only then including another war, have been confounded with those of the earlier war. In this regard, the archaeological dating of the submergence of Dwaraka to 1900–1700 by S. R. Rao is significant. Whether there was a second Krishna—named after the earlier Krishna/Cronus, the opponent of Duryodhana/Titan—who rode in the chariot of Ramachandra at his conquest of Harappa, is currently unclear. This may simply be allegory.

In the final analysis, what we have in the Mahabharata is a tale woven from a series of battles spread out over many centuries, even millennia, from the original battle between Cronus and Titan; through the invasions of Sargon, his wife, and his son; the conquest of Harappa in the time of Ramachandra; and the final collapse of the Post-Harappa Culture; and confused in the minds of its authors with the invasion of the Scythian Nagas or Taks. For this reason it is impossible to use astronomical calculations to determine the date of the Great War unless one is willing to embark upon a program of disentanglement during which one would have to apportion the various astronomical alignments and events mentioned in the epic amongst the various elements of the story.

The Historical Jain Tirthankaras

# Tirthankara Identification
     
1 Adinath =Adi/Adamu (fl ca 3565 BC)
18 Aranath  
19 Mallinath Female?=Sargon/Nitokris?
20 Munisuvrata Fl ca 1877?
21 Nami Nath =Némí (fl ca 1526?)
22 Neminath =Arishta Némi (fl ca 1036?)
23 Parshvanath Fl ca 810?
24 Mahavira =Gautama? (fl ca 563)

 

Dating the Shang—Typhon over China

When King Wu attacked King Zhou,
A comet appeared and tendered its handle to Yin.
Huainanzi

Despite the Chinese historians, there appears to have been an interregnum between the Xia and the Shang Dynasties beginning just after the cometary event of 2002 and ending with the one in 1526, synchronous with the entire Second Intermediate Period in Egypt. The implication is that whatever caused the breakdown of central authority in Egypt was not limited to the Nile Valley but extended as far east as the Yellow River.

The Kings of Shang or Yin

# Ruled (BC)

Shang King (Given Name) [years ruled]1

Comments3
       
Predynastic [Erligang?, ca 1700–ca 1500]
       
    (Kui or Ku) Not a king;
sometimes identified with the high god Di4
  after 1752? Shang Jia (Xie) Son of Kui
    (Zhao Ming)  
    (Xiang Tu)  
    (Chang Ruo)  
    (Cao Yu)  
    (Ming)  
    Wang Hai (Zhen)  
    Shang Jia (Wei) The Six Spirits5
    Bao Yi
    Bao Bing
    Bao Ding
    Zhu Ren
    Zhu Gui
       
Dynastic
       
1 1526–1514 Cheng Tang/T‘ang [12] The spellings after the slash are from Legge
2 1514–1512 Wai Bing/Wae-ping [2]  
3 1512–1508 Zhong Ren/Chung-jin [4]  
4 1508–1496 Tai Jia/T‘ae-kea [12]  
5 1496–1477 Wo Ding/Yuh-ting [19]  
6 1477–1472 Tai Geng/Tae-kang [5]  
7 1472–1455 Xiao Jia/Seaou-kia [17]  
8 1455–1443 Yong Ji/Yung-ke [12]  
9 1443–1386 Tai Wu/T‘ae-mow [75 (57?)]  
10 1386–1377 Zhong Ding/Chung-ting [9]  
11 1377–1367 Wai Ren/Wae-jin [10]  
12 1367–1358 Hedan Jia/Ho-t‘an-kea [9]  
13 1358–1339 Zu Yi/Tsoo-yih [19]  
14 1339–1325 Zu Xin/Tsoo-sin [14]  
15 1325–1320 Wo Jia/Yuh-kea [5]  
16 1320–1311 Zu Ding/Tsoo-ting [9]  
17 1311–1305 Nan Geng/Nan-king [6]  
18 1305–1301 Yang Jia/Yang-kea [4]  
19 1301–1273 Pan Geng/Pwan-kang [28] Capital moved to Yin (Anyang) in 14th year (1288)
20 1273–1270 Xiao Xin/Seaou-sin [3]  
21 1270–1260 Xiao Yi/Seaou-yih [10]  
22 1260–1201 Wu Ding/Woo-ting [59] Beginning of oracle bone divination
23 1201–1190 Zu Geng/Tsoo-kang [11]  
24 1190–1157 Zu Jia/Tsoo-kea [33]  
25 1157–1153 Lin Xin/Lin-sin [4]  
26 1153–1145 Geng Ding/Kang-ting [8]  
27 1145–1110 Wu Yi/Woo-yih [35]  
28 1110–1097 Wen Ding/T‘ae-ting [13]  
29 1097–1088 Di Yi/Te-yih [9]  
30 1088–1036 Di Xin/Chow-sin2 [52]  
    Wu/Woo (Zhou Dynasty)  
       

TOTAL:

490 years

   
       

Cometary rulers.  Capital moved.

1According to the Bamboo Books.
2
The defeat of Xin (Zhou) of Shang by Wu of Zhou was marked by the appearance of a comet. See Chapter Eighteen for the confusion of Typhon with Halley.
3
Some of these have been extracted from Robert Eno.
4
As an aside, one wonders whether Di is the Chinese version of the Indian Dyaus.
5
The Six Spirits were at least roughly synchronous with the six Hyksos kings that preceded the rise of the New Kingdom in Egypt. Whether they bear any actual relationship is at present unknown, though one might point out that the names of the Six Spirits were simply derived from the names of six of the seven days of the week. so that their real names are also unknown.

The initiation of the Shang Dynasty by Cheng Tang was followed by five years of drought, which may have been caused by the cometary approach of 1526. We have already seen that Abraham's famine followed the same event, though at a greater remove. Coupling this drought with the reported sighting of a comet in the year that the Shang fell to the Zhou, and working forwards and backwards toward the suspicious 75-year reign of Tai Wu, it appears that the number has been reversed and that it may have read "57" rather than "75" in the original document. This leads to a timeline in which four of the five appearances of Typhon spanned by the Shang occurred either during the reign of a king who moved the capital (twice) or during the reign of the previous king (also twice). In particular, the reason Pan Geng is supposed to have moved the capital to Yin, the modern city of Anyang, in 1288 BC (according to the current reconstruction) is that he was afraid of flooding, which was common in the area of Yan, the previous capital. I would suggest that the moving of the capital, having occurred in his 14th year, was undertaken not only as a result of previous flooding but in anticipation of a coming flood, which, if it was cometary in origin, would place it at 1281, the year of the tidal wave that killed Hippolytus. That the capital was not moved during the reign of Zu Jia would suggest that the move was successful in preventing any further damage from the comet, leading inexorably to the decadence that ultimately resulted in the fall of the dynasty in 1036, blamed on the loss of the "mandate of heaven," in short, on that same comet.

 

The Weapon of Ishtar

According to the authors of Hamlet's Mill, at the New Year festival the Babylonians addressed the star "Sirius as mulKAK.SI.DI," mul meaning "star" and KAK.SI.DI meaning "arrow."

The bow from which it is sent on its way is a constellation, built from stars of [the ancient] Argo and Canis Major, which is common to the spheres of Mesopotamia, Egypt and China. And since the name Ishtar is shared by both Venus and Sirius, one may guess who "stirs up the apsu before Ea."

In China and Egypt the arrow was aimed at Sirius. In Mesopotamia, it included Sirius. But the solution to the problem of Sargon's "weapon of Ishtar" is clear, though its particular form that made his armies invincible is still not obvious, though, as William John Hinke wrote in 1907 in A New Boundary Stone of Nebuchadrezzar I. from Nippur,

The same king killed four lions with "the terrible bow of Ishtar," the mistress of battle" ....

Later he tells us,

Finally divine weapons appear also in the heavens.... Ishtar held a bow in her hand, but there was also a bow star (=Sirius), identified with Ishtar . . . .

 

[Chapter Twelve: Tangled Bloodlines]

 

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