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I came back to life (1)

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01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

11 Language, communication, libraries and education

01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

03 Religious festivals, cults, rituals and practices

7th century BCE
Greek Archaic Age
Neo-Assyrian Empire
Greek poets
Neo-Assyrian texts

SLA 22 (Pfeiffer):
After the city Birat was destroyed and its gods taken away, I was dead; but when I saw the gold signet-ring of the king my master, I came (back) to life.

SLA 39 (Pfeiffer):
With the many deeds of kindness which the king my master has done and bestowed since his accession, dead dog and son of nobody that I am, the king my master has brought me (back) to life.

Archilochus 24:
I was lying in the (nether) darkness, but now I have been set on my feet in the light of day.

Sources (list of abbreviations)
Archilochus 24
State Letters of Assyria 22 (Pfeiffer)
State Letters of Assyria 39 (Pfeiffer)


West 1997, 500-501West, Martin L. The East Face of Helicon. West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1997.

Amar Annus

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