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The Sanga As Witness

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The sangas witnessed property deeds of rich nadītums. These documents were preciously kept and carefully transmitted from one archive to another as the property itself was sold, exchanged or inherited and it is in this way that the names of the sangas mentioned on them as witnesses were also preserved. The vast majority of texts witnessed by the sangas are nadītum texts. This may not lead us into thinking that all, or even most, of the nadītum texts were witnessed by the sangas. In general and as could be expected, the sangas witness important texts concerning property. The transmission of property of a nadītum, in particular, seems to be the most compelling reason for the presence of a sanga of Šamaš as a witness.

Keywords: nadītums; sangas



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