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Larsa was a city-state in Sumer , about 25 km southeast of Uruk . The current name of Larsa is Tell as-Senkereh .


Larsa was a Sumerian foundation and was in the 2nd millennium BC. BC under Akkadian rule. Larsa was the Sumerian sanctuary of the sun god Utu . 1763 to around 1745 BC In BC Larsa came under Babylonian hegemony. Around 1740 BC Chr. Larsa falls permanently to the Old-Babylonian Empire . The residence of a West Semitic dynasty was discovered in the hill of Senkere .

Larsa in the Bible?

Often in older research there is the thesis that Larsa is mentioned in Genesis (14: 1) as Ellasar with his king Arjoch . However, this thesis is outdated.

See also


  • Daniel Arnaud: Texts from Larsa. The epigraphic finds of the 1st campaign in Senkereh-Larsa, 1933 (Berlin Contributions to the Middle East 3). Berlin 1994. ISBN 3-496-02510-7
  • Erich Ebeling : Old Babylonian letters from the Louvre collection from Larsa (messages from the old oriental society 15.1 / 2). Harrassowitz, Leipzig 1942.
  • Erich Ebeling: Old Babylonian letters from American collections from Larsa (messages from the Old Oriental Society 16.1 / 2). Harrassowitz, Leipzig 1943.
  • Ilmari Kaerki: The Sumerian and Akkadian royal inscriptions of the ancient Babylonian period 1: Isin, Larsa, Uruk (Studia Orientalia 49). Helsinki 1980. ISBN 951-95075-6-6
  • Marcel Sigrist: Larsa Year Names (Institute of Archeology publications, Assyriological series 3). Berrien Springs 1990. ISBN 0-943872-54-5

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Coordinates: 31 ° 17 '  N , 45 ° 51'  E