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Divine kingship
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Divine kingship in the sense of J. G. Frazer (1854-1941) and I. Engnell [1], i.e. connected with the New Year's festival and the death and rebirth of the god ( Tammuz) is not encountered in the ancient Near East. H. Frankfort’s distinction between ‘divine kingship’ and ‘sacral kingship’ [2], i.e. between the venerated king and the venerator king as priest, was a step towards but narrows the perspective to the area of cult. As already outlined by Labat [3], ancient Near Eastern texts and pictures indicate th…

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Pongratz-Leisten, Beate (Tübingen), “Divine kingship”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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