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Title: A Ritual for a Flourishing Bordello
Author(s): PANAYOTOV, Strahil V.
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 70    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2013   
Pages: 285-309
DOI: 10.2143/BIOR.70.3.2998050

Abstract :
This article offers new material and a new edition of a unique ritual text from the first millennium BC in Mesopotamia, which describes a ritual for increasing the profit of the innkeeper. One of the text-representatives is written on a tablet with a handle, which was displayed in a Mesopotamian pub, which had the character of a bordello. The new score text presented here is based on collations of all known duplicates and on new copies by M.J. Geller. The primary aim is to publish comprehensive copies, a reliable transliteration, and a translation. Additionally, a publication history and a description of the sources are presented. Furthermore, text and context commentaries will be offered, focussing on one of the representative objects, a so-called 'amulet-shaped' tablet, or tablet with handle.

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