By Richard J. A. Talbert
Ancient views encompasses an enormous arc of house and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the 3rd millennium BCE to the 5th century CE—to discover mapmaking and worldviews within the old civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In every one society, maps served as severe financial, political, and private instruments, yet there has been little consistency in how and why they have been made. very like at the present time, maps in antiquity intended very various things to varied people.
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For 9. I understand the ox and sheep here as offerings to the (divine) judge. 10. These questions will be addressed in the course of “Socio-Religious Framework,” Parts I and II. 6 Tzvi Abusch example, I 41: mimmû kassapatiya ippusa egâ pa†ira pasira la isâ (var. ” Normally, the victim of witchcraft seeks the release of what the witch has done and expresses the belief that her acts are, or can be, released by the gods. But here, in line 41, the speaker actually asserts that what the witch had done cannot be released, that there will be no one to release them.
Heidel, The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels (Chicago, 1963 ), 155– 56; Westenholz, “berutum,” 30–31; and especially Cassin “La mort,” 355–72. Cf. M. Stol’s summary, BiOr 45 (1988): 83, of Cassin’s “La mort” in his review of her Le semblable et le différent: “What happens to the bodies of the dead is the topic of the next essay. . The skeleton remains and the ultimate desecration is to destroy even the bones. Assurbanipal did this after his conquest of Susa. ” 18 Tzvi Abusch des simmagir Samassumukins, des feindlichen Bruders, welcher mit ihm ausgezogen war, um Elam (mit mir) zu verfeinden.
261) I noted the netherworld character of Abu, observed that the performance of Maqlû in Abu would be partially explained by “the culticcalendrical association of Abu with Gilgames in his netherworld capacity and with the appearance of ghosts and their return to the netherworld,” and in n. 34 I collected passages referring to these phenomena. Note that contrary to the impression that might be received from Scurlock, Magical Means, 20 Tzvi Abusch there can be judgments in this world by netherworld deities who have power over the dead.
Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome by Richard J. A. Talbert