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I. The Near East and Egypt

(Sumerian udu, sheep, u8, ewe, udu.nita, fat-tailed sheep; Akkadian immeru (culture word) [4]; Egyptian zr (wp.t).

The Near East lies in the natural range of the Asiatic mouflon (Ovis orientalis), which was apparently used in various locations for the breeding of wool sheep; the earliest examples for this important step [8] come from the area of south-eastern Asia Minor/northern Levant/northern Mesopotamia in the 7th millennium …

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Nissen, Hans Jörg (Berlin), Jameson, Michael (Stanford) and Ruffing, Kai (Münster), “Sheep”, 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 26 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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