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Hurrians
(279 words)

[German version]

Old Oriental language group that has been documented from Akkadian times (around 2200 BC). The ancestors of the H. probably lived in the early 3rd millennium BC in eastern Anatolia. The H. came into the field of vision of the advanced cultures of the Ancient Orient through the expansion of the Mesopotamian empires (prisoners of war, payments of tribute; Hurrian incantations around 1750 BC). The H. poured into the northern part of the ‘Fertile Crescent’ especially during the course…

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Wilhelm, Gernot (Würzburg), “Hurrians”, 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 19 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e518540>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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