Sebastian Fink (University of Innsbruck, Austria) “Complex Genealogies in the Sumerian King List”


The Sumerian King List provides us with genealogical information concerning the “true” kings of Mesopotamia. The list combines historical and legendary kings like Gilgamesh and sometimes provides us with complex genealogies that do not follow the usual pattern “X was followed by his son Y”. In my lecture I want to examine these cases and use additional material, mainly inscriptions, to understand the claims made in the King List.