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Groß, Melanie/Hackl, Johannes: Bitten und Danken in Briefen. Zur Deutung der Wendung ana appi šūṣû (published)

Published in AoF 40: 55-67.
Abstract: This paper addresses the idiomatic phrase ana appi šūṣû attested in Neo-Assyrian, Neo- and Late-Babylonian letters only. Literally meaning “zur Nase ausziehen lassen”, the phrase is commonly translated according to the specific contexts in which it appears. The aim of this paper is to establish a consistent translation in its figurative sense. For this purpose, we first try to identify its proper function within the illocutionary act. Based on these findings and a detailed examination of the contents of the relevant letters, it is then intended to determine the transferred meaning of the phrase.