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Libation
(773 words)

[German version]

I. Ancient Orient and Egypt

Since sacrifices were primarily intended to ensure that the daily needs of the gods were met, not only victuals but also beverages (generally water, beer, wine) were an essential component of regular sacrifices to the gods, as well as of sacrifices offered to the dead. Both in Egypt and in Mesopotamia, libation and terms used for libation stand as pars pro toto for sacrifice. This may have stemmed originally from the fact that for people living at a subsistenc…

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Renger, Johannes (Berlin) and Haase, Mareile (Toronto), “Libation”, 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 16 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1218770>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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