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Prisoners of war
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[German version]

I. Ancient Orient

In the early period (4th-3rd millennia), both in Egypt (sqr-nḫ, 'those tied up for killing' [3]) and in Mesopotamia, POW were often killed on the battlefield. Killing - as a ritualized act - or parading POW and plunder before the ruler was ideological in character and hence a theme of pictorial representation  (southern Mesopotamia in 3100 BC: the killing of chained, naked POW in the presence of the ruler [5. 9]; 24th c…

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Renger, Johannes (Berlin), Burckhardt, Leonhard (Basle) and Le Bohec, Yann (Lyon), “Prisoners of war”, 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 14 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e623040>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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