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Nippur
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Mesopotamia

(Sumerian Nibru; Akkadian Nippur[u]; Arabic Nuffar). City in Babylonia c. 140 km to the southeast of modern Baghdad, for which habitation in varying intensity can be demonstrated from the 6th millennium BC until about AD 800, to some extent even into the 14th cent. AD.

During the first half of the 3rd millennium BC, without ever having played a power-political dynastic role, N. - and its city god Enlil - experienced elevated significance in the course of a development which required institutionalise…

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Neumann, Hans (Berlin), “Nippur”, 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 18 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e823740>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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