LAWSUIT IN UGARITIC

MS 1955/6
MS Short Title LAWSUIT IN UGARITIC
Text LAWSUIT AGAINST SHAMUMANU, OWNER AND TREASURER OF A MARZIH, A SOCIAL BANQUETING CLUB, FROM ITS MEMBERS, THAT HE SHALL REPAY 50 SHEKELS OF SILVER THAT HE HAS STOLEN. SHAMUMANU, ANGERED BY THE ACCUSATION, THREATENS TO THROW THE CLUB MEMBERS OUT OF HIS HOUSE AND RELEGATE THEM TO A STALL, TO TREAT THEM LIKE ANIMALS. WITNESSES: IHIRASHPU SON OF UDRNN AND ABDINU SON OF SIGILDA
Description MS in Ugaritic on clay, Ras Shamra, Ugarit, Syria, 13th c. BC, 1 tablet, 10,3x8,5x2,0 cm, single column, 10+11+3 lines in alphabetic cuneiform script.
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Context Another tablet in alphabetic Ugaritic is MS 1955/5. For a tablet in Akkadian from the same hoard, see MS 1955/1.
Provenance 1. Excavated Ras Shamra, Syria (1957); 2. Prof. Claude Schaeffer, College de France, Zürich (1957-1970); 3. Claremont Graduate School, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California, RS 1957.702 (1970-1994).
Commentary The Ugaritic tablets represent the 2nd earliest alphabet known. It has 30 signs and a word divider.
Published Analecta Orientalia, 48, Roma, Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1971: Loren R. Fisher, editor, The Claremont Ras Shamra Tablets, pp. 37-54. .
Exhibited 1. The Claremont Ras Shamra Tablets, at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California 1970-1994. 2. The Norwegian Institute of Palaeography and Historical Philology (PHI), Oslo, 13.10.2003-06.2005.
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See also MS 715 Phoenician alphabetical script, Israel/Lebanon, 11c AD
MS 5235 Phoenician alphabetical script, Lebanon, ca. 539-532 BC
Place of origin Ugarit
Dates 13c BC

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