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Sumerian king list

The Sumerian king list is an ancient text in the Sumerian language listing kings of Sumer from Sumerian and foreign dynasties. The later Babylonian king list and Assyrian king list were similar. The list records the location of the "official" kingship and the rulers, with the lengths of their rule. The kingship was believed to be handed down by the gods and could be passed from one city to another by military conquest. It is possible that some of the kings were purely mythological. The lengths of the reigns are improbably long in many cases. There were many other monarchs who ruled their own cities without gaining the "official" kingship. The list mentions only one female ruler: Kug-Bau of Kic, the tavern-keeper, who reigned for 100 years.

"After the kingship descended from heaven, the kingship was in Eridug. In Eridug, Alulim became king; he ruled for 28800 years."

"After the flood had swept over, and the kingship had descended from heaven, the kingship was in Kic. In Kic, Jucur became king; he ruled for 1200 years".

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