Nisaba

Definition

Nisaba (also Naga, Se-Naga, Nissaba, Nidaba, and associated with Nanibgal) is the Sumerian goddess of writing, accounts, and scribe of the gods. Although her name is commonly given as Nidaba, noted scholar Jeremy Black points out that "the name Nisaba (or Nissaba) seems more correct than Nidaba" (Gods, 143).

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  • c. 2900 BCE - 2700 BCE
    Nisaba first attested to as a grain goddess during the Early Dynastic Period I.
  • c. 2600 BCE - 2550 BCE
    Nisaba listed among the most prestigious deities of Sumerian Pantheon.
  • 2047 BCE - 1750 BCE
    Last mentioned as goddess associated with city of Eresh during Ur III Period.
  • 1792 BCE - 1750 BCE
    Nisaba's worship declines during reign of Hammurabi as Nabu becomes the god of writing.
  • 912 BCE - 612 BCE
    Nisaba listed in pantheon of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
  • 304 BCE - 64 BCE
    Nisaba continues to be worshiped in Mesopotamia during the Seleucid Period.
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