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Herrschaftswissen in Mesopotamien:
Formen der Kommunikation zwischen Gott und König im 2. und 1. Jahrtausend v.Chr.

State Archives of Assyria Studies, Volume X
by Beate Pongratz-Leisten

Helsinki 1999 • 175 x 250 mm • Pp. xvi + 392
Paper • $94.00 • ISBN 951-45-9041-4

Mesopotamian royal ideology recognized a special relationship between kingship and the gods. In most periods and areas the king was either a god himself or else was the chosen representative of god on earth. This work investigates the various methods by which king and god exchanged information: how the king learned the divine will and how he reported on his activities in the execution of that will to the god. The topics investigated include astronomical omens, prophecy, dreams, hepatoscopy, and letters to (and from) the gods as well as other literary forms of communication between the king and the gods. The conclusions derived from these investigations are developed into an overall picture of both the theory and practice of this communication on its various levels. With 15 tables, 6 text figures, and comprehensive bibliography and indices.
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