Old Babylonian (c. 2000-1600 BC)

OB compositions are only included when they are also attested in another period. For OB compositions in general, see the ETCSL corpus.


Animal fables

A fox and a dog


Diatribes against women (All attestations ...)

Didactic compositions

Counsels of wisdom (All attestations ...)
The instructions of Šuruppag (All attestations ...)

Divine hymns

A tigi to Nintur (Nintur A) (All attestations ...)
A hymn to Inana (Inana C) (All attestations ...)
A hymn to Nisaba (Nisaba A) (All attestations ...)
Ninisina's journey to Nibru: a šir-namšub to Ninisina (Ninisina C) (All attestations ...)

Divine narratives

Enki and Ninmaḫ (All attestations ...)
Enlil and Ninlil (All attestations ...)
Enlil and Sud (All attestations ...)
Inana and An (All attestations ...)
Inana's descent to the nether world (All attestations ...)
Ninurta's exploits: a šir-sud (?) to Ninurta (All attestations ...)
Ninurta's return to Nibru: a šir-gida to Ninurta (All attestations ...)
The creation of mankind (All attestations ...)
The fields of Ninurta (All attestations ...)

Heroic narratives

Lugalbanda and the Anzud bird (All attestations ...)
Lugalbanda in the mountain cave (All attestations ...)


Laws of Ur-Namma (All attestations ...)


Letter from a king to the god Utu (All attestations ...)


Letter from Šulgi to Puzur-Šulgi about the fortress Igi-ḫursaĝa (All attestations ...)
Letter from Inim-Inana to Lugal-ibila

Literary enumerations

Tribute list (All attestations ...)

Lu-diĝira compositions

The message of Lu-diĝira to his mother (All attestations ...)


Proverb collection 7 (All attestations ...)

Reflective compositions

The poem of early rulers (All attestations ...)

Royal hymns

A tigi to Enlil for Ur-Namma (Ur-Namma B) (All attestations ...)
A fragmentary praise poem of Ḫammu-rābi (All attestations ...)
A hymn to Nisaba for Išbi-Erra (Išbi-Erra E) (All attestations ...)
A praise poem of Šulgi (All attestations ...)
A praise poem of Šulgi (Šulgi A) (All attestations ...)
A praise poem of Lipit-Eštar (Lipit-Eštar A) (All attestations ...)
Lipit-Eštar and the plough (Lipit-Eštar F) (All attestations ...)
The instructions of Ur-Ninurta (Ur-Ninurta G) (All attestations ...)

Royal narratives

Sargon and Ur-Zababa
The Sumerian king list (All attestations ...)
The cursing of Agade (All attestations ...)

School stories

Instructions of a scholar (E-dub-ba-a E) (All attestations ...)

Short tales

Enlil and Nam-zid-tara (All attestations ...)
The fowler and his wife (All attestations ...)
The three ox-drivers from Adab (All attestations ...)

Temple hymns

The Keš temple hymn (All attestations ...)
The temple hymns (All attestations ...)

Types of song

The song of the ploghing oxen: an ululumama to Ninurta (All attestations ...)