CSAI

Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Sabaic » Early Sabaic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Script cursusBoustrophedon
Writing techniqueIncision
Chronology
PeriodA
Textual typologyDedicatory text

GENERAL NOTES

Gl 927=CIH 955; Gl 926=CIH 418

TEXT


   1  [Ṣbḥm bn Yṯ]ʿkrb fqḍn ḏ-Mḏ[m](r)n hqny ʾlmq[h ḏn s¹ṭrn ywm s²ym-hw S¹mhʿly]
   2  fqḍn ʾs²ʿbn bn ʿrn ʿmln l-mbny w-ʿ(ḏ)bt kl mnqltn w-(k)l ms¹bʾ s¹bʾ ln |
   3  ḫlf ʿrn ʿmln ʿd ḫlf M(r)yb w-yhṯb l-hw mrʾ-hw S¹mhʿly w-ms¹ḫnt-[h]w w-
   4  ʿhrw Fys²n tʾmnm b-ʿṯtr w-b ʾlmqh w-b ḏt-Ḥmym w-b ḏt-Bʿdn w-b Yṯʿʾmr
   5  w-b Ydʿʾl w-b S¹mhʿly w-b ʾb-hw Yṯʿkrb fqḍn w-wḍʾ Ṣbḥm s¹ṭr-[hw ... ...]

Apparatus
1Höfner integrates the last word with [mrʾ-hw].
4likely integration with the formula: w-wḍʾ Ṣbḥm s¹tr-[hw b-ʾḏn ʾlmqh].

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  Ṣbḥm son of Yṯʿkrb, fqḍn of Mḏmrn, dedicated to ʾlmqh this inscription, when S¹mhʿly appointed him
   2  as fqḍn of the tribes from the citadel of ʿmln, for the construction and the restoration of all the mountain paths and the whole road that goes from
   3  the gate of the citadel ʿmln to the gate of Mryb; and his lord S¹mhʿly and his landlord and the nobles of
   4  Fys²n expressed gratitude to him. By ʿṯtr, ʾlmqh, ḏt Ḥmym, ḏt Bʿdn and by Yṯʿʾmr,
   5  Ydʿʾl and S¹mhʿly and by his father Yṯʿkrb, the fqḍn. And Ṣbḥm dedicated his inscription [... ...].
1The verb s¹bʾ is morphologically singular, from which our translation. Alternative interpretation (also by the editors): "and all the roads going from ...".
4"Und es veröffentlichte Ṣbḥm [seine] Inschrift" (editors).

OBJECT INFORMATION

Support typeUnknown
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin
Modern siteal-Mashjaḥ
Ancient siteUnknown
Geographical areaṢirwāḥ
CountryYemen
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Höfner 1976: 8-11, pl. III/2Höfner, Maria 1976. Inschriften aus Ṣirwāḥ, Ḫaulān. (II Teil). Sammlung Eduard Glaser. 12. (Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse, 304/5). Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
Wissmann 1982: 346-349, fig. 110 (facsimile)Wissmann, Hermann von 1982. Die Geschichte von Sabaʾ II. Das Grossreich der Sabäer bis zu seinem Ende im frühen 4. Jh. v. Chr. (Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophischhistorische Klasse, 402). Vienna: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. [Walter W. Müller (ed.)]