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At least under Ur Namu, there was no dramatic confrontation with the Enlil's priesthood in Nippur (where the temple had meanwhile been rebuilt) as had occurred under Naram Sin. At that time the Sumero-Akkadian integration became complete. The Sumerian language continued to be used for liturgical purposes, while Akkadian became the language generally spoken in the whole Sumero-Akkadian orbit, and in addition widely used by the neighbouring nations as a lingua franca. 8 THE MULTI-ETHNIC CUNEISCRIPT CIVILIZATION With the Sumero-Akkadian synthesis the Cuneiscript civilization acquired a particularly strong capacity to assimilate newcomers and influence its neighbours.
Speak nothing impertinent, (give no) unreliable advice. Whoever does something ugly - his head is despised. Hasten not to stand in a public assembly, seek not the place of quarrel; for in a quarrel you must give a decision, and you will be forced to be their witness. They will fetch you to testify in a lawsuit that does not concern you. When you see a quarrel, go away without noticing· it. But if it is really your own quarrel, extinguish the flame . Unto your opponent do no evil; your evildoer recompense with good; unto your enemy let justice (be done).
The three-cornered contest amongst the main Mesopotamian nations, in which the Assyrians won the upper hand, proved to be fatal for the Cuneiscript civilization. Babylonia, though militarily the weakest, was to a considerable extent protected by her prestige as the cradle of the common civilization. This however was more respected by the Assyrians than by the Elamites, whose imperialistic aspirations were hampered by internal dissensions rather than by concern for cultural affinities. Whilst the Assyrian policy towards Babylonia vacillated between a soft and hard approach, many Babylonians looked to Assyria for protection against the Chaldaean encroachment.