Nabu is god of writing and wisdom, Mesopotamian (Babylonian-Akkadian). He is the son of Marduk and Zarpanitu(m), his consort is Tasmetu(m). His symbol is the inscribing stylus. His prominence was in the neo-Babylonian times from the eighth century BC onward, with an important sanctuary at Borsippa, near Babylon, known as the Ezida. He is considered to god of mountainous regions, described as the “firstborn son of Marduk,” and his image is closely associated with the New Year akitu festival. A.G.H.


Jordan, Michael, Encyclopedia of Gods, New York, Facts On File, Inc. 1993, p. 174