A Letter to the King (3.131)
(441 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Letters

Commentary

The royal correspondence of the dynasties of Ur, Isin and Larsa served as models for epistolary art and therefore entered the scribal curriculum or canon; see  COS COSB.1.164 and COSB.165 for examples. But they ultimately derived from genuine archival copies in the royal chanceries, as suggested by their many correspondences with details known from contemporaneous sources, and illustrated by this example.

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Hallo, William W., “A Letter to the King (3.131)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 26 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-436X_cos_aCOSB_3_131>



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