A Cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar II up for Sale
ABEBooks is currently selling a clay cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar II for the unbelievably low price of US$ 1,750,000.00.
The description reads:
Oldest Book – from 605-562 B.C. Large Clay Cylinder of Nebuchadnezzar II, King of Babylon 605-562 B.C. Royal Proclamation of his re-building-to-perfection efforts of the Temple E-barra/E-ulla at Sippar (in ancient country of Babylonia). Nebuchadnezzar II was famous for: The Tower of Babel, The Stepped Pyramid (Ziggurat) & The Hanging Gardens, etc. All for his God Marduk. 8 1/4″ high, filled with cuneiform writing. Full translation & documentation included. Fine original condition, no damage. $1,750,000.
Not sure about that “oldest book” bit; but still a pretty cool buy, if you’ve got some loose change sitting around.
(HT: Claude Mariottini)