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An Assyrian Elegy (1.119)
(525 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Lamentations and Elegies


Akkadian poets rarely speak of themselves in the first person (for a notable exception see Foster 1983), so it is doubly curious that in this short poetic dialogue, the chief speaker is a woman who has died in childbirth - from all indications a young bride experiencing her first delivery. Her interlocutor is also apparently a woman, …

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Hallo, William W., “An Assyrian Elegy (1.119)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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