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“There is also and especially the magnificent statue of Gudea, the "ensi," which is to say governor or prince, of Lagash, a city in southern Mesopotamia where he reigned from approximately 2141 to 2122 B.C.”
“I would suggest you look to the transitions between primitively democratic systems of governance based on unkin, en (religio-economic figurehead) and lugal (temporary military leader) and autocratic systems of governance based on the ensi, the fusion of en and lugal as monarchic sovereign.”
“Only in later Sumerian society did the office of the en and the lugal merge into what we think of as kings -- the ensi.”
“Nimrod is another such autocratic ensi; by the time the stories of Genesis were being told, Sumer had long since gone from a federation of city-states governed by a tripartite system of checks and balances to an empire ruled by a sovereign Grand High Poobah.”
“Hammurabi is an examplary figure of the ensi, first to put the Law in written form.”
“Note 119: Régime, p. 75: "car tot ausi comme li cire quant ele est mole prent tel forme c'on li veut douner, ensi li enfant prendent tel fourme ke leur norrice leur doune; et por ce, sachies ke biautes et llaidure a avoir tient a grant partie as nourices." back”
“Note 85: Koenig 4, p. 53: "Et bien li dit tout en apert,/Que, s'ele ensi son enfant pert,/Ja mais nul jor n'ara fiance/En sa douceur n'en sa puissance." back”
“Beginning his career as Governor (ensi) of Umma, he defeated Lagash and took the title King of Uruk.”
“Some cities, such as Lagash and Uruk, became independent, though their rulers retained the title of governor (ensi).”
“Later, as multicity states formed, a king (Sumerian lugal, Akkadian sharrum) reigned, and each individual city was administered by a governor (ensi or ishiakkum).”
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