Sulili (Akkadian: 𒋢𒇷𒇷, translit. Su-li-li) was an early ruler of Assur.[1] The Assyrian King List lists him as the twenty-seventh ruler of Assyria. He also appears within the Assyrian King List as the first out of the six kings “(whose names were written on?) bricks whose eponyms are (not known?)". Additionally, it is stated within the Assyrian King List that he was the successor of and “son of Aminu". Aminu had himself been the son of and successor of Ila-kabkabu, and Aminu and Ila-kabkabu were among the ten kings “who are ancestors".[2]

The section within the Assyrian King List “kings who are ancestors/whose fathers are known”[2] (which, in contrast to the rest of the list, was written in reverse order, beginning with Aminu and ending with Apiashal), has often been interpreted as a list of Shamshi-Adad I's ancestors.[1] In keeping with this assumption, scholars have inferred that the original form of the Assyrian King List had been written, among other things, as an “attempt to justify that Shamshi-Adad I was a legitimate ruler of the city-state Assur and to obscure his non-Assyrian antecedents by incorporating his ancestors into a native Assyrian genealogy.”[1] However, this interpretation has not been accepted universally; the Cambridge Ancient History rejected this interpretation and instead interpreted the section as the ancestors of Sulili.[3] Sulili is also shown as being the predecessor of Kikkia within the Assyrian King List. Sulili is believed to had ruled around the year 2000 BC.

Preceded by
Monarch of Assyria
fl. c. 2000 BC
Succeeded by

See also


  1. ^ a b c Meissner, Bruno (1990). Reallexikon der Assyriologie. 6. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 101–105. ISBN 3110100517. 
  2. ^ a b Glassner, Jean-Jacques (2004). Mesopotamian Chronicles. p. 137. ISBN 1589830903. 
  3. ^ Hildegard Levy, "Assyria c. 2600-1816 B.C.", Cambridge Ancient History. Volume 1, Part 2: Early History of the Middle East, 729-770, p. 745-746.)