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By Marlies Heinz, Marian H. Feldman

Illustration of political strength turns out to were important always in all complicated city societies. To safe order—to build a undeniable social, ideological, spiritual, fiscal, and cultural stability—seems to be one of many major intentions of illustration. whilst order breaks down or is threatened, political strength comes below danger and the solidarity of the neighborhood can also be in jeopardy. In instances of drawing close swap, situation, or illness, certain attempt is needed to reassure the neighborhood of the rulers skill to take care of balance. What these in energy did to persuade the affected groups in their traits as rulers, that's, their representational thoughts — particularly in instances of swap — is the topic of this booklet, explored via exam of case reviews drawn from the traditional close to East. the quantity is split into 3 thematic components: "Reestablishment of Order after significant Disruption," "Changing Order from Within," and "Perceptions of a brand new Order."

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C.? Because the documentation mainly concerns private and legal matters, we lack what we would consider the “most helpful” evidence, such as historiographical texts like treaties, royal declarations, and the like. 7 The historical and social background can only be reconstructed by external textual evidence or by hints within the Emar texts, such as date formulas referring to events (Zaccagnini 1995; Vita 2002) or kings, officials, and institutions mentioned throughout the tablets. 8 Only a few texts allude to historically interesting facts.

39 But, unfortunately, attestations for members of the royal family as buyers are few. Summary One can tentatively conclude that the Hittites employed two “institutions” to serve as mediators between the traditional Syrian system and the new Hittite overlord represented mainly by the administration of Carchemis. While we observe more or less direct Hittite influence in the “Syro-Hittite” documents, including the texts of the diviner’s family, communication with the collective city-community and consequently 35.

Urta, can be divided into two different bodies, a civil and religious, both of which constituted a corporate body of urban authority at Emar. 24 This close relationship between the city god and the “elders” or “brothers” is also attested at Ekalte and Azû. Clearly, Ekalte, Azû, and Emar share a common sociocultural heritage, which exemplifies the local Syrian traditions. The local king—best represented in FK 6—plays only a minor role in the earlier texts from Emar and the documents of Ekalte. One of the most important terms identified by Skaist (1999) is the Hurrian word for ‘gift, tribute’, arana, which is attested in these early documents.

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