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The Names And Families Of The Sangas

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When we list the names of the first sangas of Šamaš of Sippar-Jarūrum during the Old Babylonian period, there is a partially recurring sequence for the first nine ones that can be divided in three series, followed by the completely different names of the last four sangas. Three sangas add their contribution to the dossier of shortened names. Annum-pī-Šamaš (I) is shortened to Annum- pīšu in BDHP 14. The unpalatable Šalim-pāli-Marduk (4) likewise becomes Šalim-pālišu more often than not: twelve times out of seventeen attestations, of which two are broken and one has Šalim-pāli on the tablet and Šalim-pāli-Šamaš on the case. Ilšu-ibnīšu (X) becomes Ilšu-ibni in eight of his twelve attestations. In this case there might be a chronological distribution: his four attestations with the -šu are among the five earliest.

Keywords: Šalim-pāli-Marduk; Annum-pī-Šamaš; Ilšu-ibnīšu; Old Babylonian period; Sangas



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