Utu-Shamash

Definition

Utu (also known as Shamash, Samas, and Babbar) is the Sumerian god of the sun and divine justice. He is the son of the moon god Nanna and the fertility goddess Ningal in the Sumerian tradition but was known as Shamash (Samas) to the Akkadians who claimed Anu or Enlil as his father.

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Timeline

  • c. 3500 BCE
    Utu the Moon God first mentioned in Sumerian writing.
  • c. 2600 BCE
    First literary hymns composed to Utu using the name Shamash.
  • 1792 BCE - 1750 BCE
    Reign of Hammurabi of Babylon who credits Shamash with his famous law code.
  • c. 912 BCE - 612 BCE
    Utu/Shamash worshiped throughout Neo-Assyrian Empire, represented as solar disc with wings.
  • c. 100 BCE
    Utu/Shamash mentioned less frequently as cuneiform writing is replaced by the alphabet.
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