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Learned, Rich, Famous, and Unhappy: Ur-Utu of Sippar

Michel Tanret

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Learned, Rich, Famous, and Unhappy: Ur-Utu of Sippar

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This article focuses on the life of Ur-Utu, the chief dirge singer or lamenter of the goddess Annunitum and one of the most prominent citizens of Sippar-Amnanum. Ur-Utu's house, which was excavated by the Belgian Archaeological Mission to Iraq under the direction of Leon De Meyer and Hermann Gasche, contained 2,500 tablets which were the largest private Old Babylonian archive ever found. These tablets provide information on Ur-Utu's education, his interests and his aspirations.

Keywords: Ur-Utu; dirge singer; chief lamenter; Annunitum; Sippar-Amnanum; Leon De Meyer; Hermann Gasche; tablets; Old Babylonian archive

Article.  8336 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Middle Eastern Languages

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