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Instructions to the Royal Guard (Mešedi Protocol) (1.85)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Hittite Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; Instructions


The royal bodyguard of the Hittite court are denoted by the Akkadogram MEŠEDI. One extant tablet contains instructions for them, primarily detailing their duties as they assume responsibility for the king’s safety from the palace staff and as they escort him while he travels. Areas of responsibility are clearly delineated among the official…

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McMahon, Gregory, “Instructions to the Royal Guard (Mešedi Protocol) (1.85)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>

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