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Groß, Melanie/Pirngruber, Reinhard: On Courtiers in the Neo-Assyrian Empire: ša rēsi and mazzāz pāni. Version 02

Abstract: This paper discusses the range of competences of ša-rēsis and mazzāz pānis, two terms translated as ‘courtier’, in the Neo-Assyrian period. Taking a micro-historical approach, we focus on the life of a certain Bēl-ibni, a particularly well-documented courtier who is attested bearing both titles. After comparing his career with the evidence for ša-rēsis and mazzāz pānis at large, the article concludes with a hypothesis regarding a possible semantic nuance between the two expressions for courtier.

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