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Fragmentary stele bearing the inscription "Ur-Nanshe, son of Gunidu, to Ningirsu" (Louvre)

Ur-Nanshe (or Ur-Nina) was the first king of the dynasty of Lagash, probably in the first half of the 24th century BC (short chronology). He ascended after Lugal-Sha-Gen-Sur (Lugal-Suggur), who was the patesi, or high priest.

While the Sumerian King List has many names of legendary or semi-legendary rulers back into fantastic time depths, Ur-Nanshe is the earliest Sumerian ruler whose name is known directly from epigraphy, and whose approximate age can be ascertained.

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