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V. The Language of the Kassites

  • Theophilus G. Pinches
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In the monograph by Professor Sayce and myself, The Tablet from Yuzgat in the Liverpool Institute of Archœology (I believe the document is now in the Louvre), which forms vol. xi of the Asiatic Society Monographs (see pp. 15–19), I discussed the possibility of Kassite being a language more or less akin to Hittite. In dealing with this question, I made use of the well-known tablet discovered by the late Hormuzd Rassam in 1882, and published in transcription by Professor Fried. Delitzsch in his Die Sprache der Kossäer (Leipzig, 1884). To all appearance this important inscription has never been printed in the original character, and as its appearance is held to be desirable, I now place before the British public the copy which I made in 1882 or 1883.

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page 102 note 1 Or ḫulaḫḫa.

page 106 note 1 According to the Kassite vocabulary, this is a compound name, possibly to be decomposed as Šuqa (Šugab) and Muna. It is explained as equivalent to the Babylonian Nergal, and Nusku, , p. 102, 13.

page 108 note 1 No. 14, “my trust is the Moon-god.”

page 108 note 2 No. 19, “ordinance of the Lord of the world,” i.e. Hadad.

page 108 note 3 No. 21, “protection is Bugaš.”

page 108 note 4 No. 23, “protection is En-urta.”

page 108 note 5 No. 24, “my trust is Turgu.”

page 108 note 6 No. 25, “my trust is the Lord of the lands,” i.e. Hadad.

page 108 note 7 No. 30, “my trust is Enlil.”

page 108 note 8 No. 33, “man of Merodach.”

page 109 note 1 Elsewhere Šuqamuna or Šugamuna—see pp. 102 (1.13 of transcription), 106 (1. 35 and note), 110, and 114.

page 110 note 1 Also given as Šindi.

page 110 note 2 Also given as Šimdi.

page 111 note 1 Written Ganizar-Bugaš.

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