L’onomastica religiosa neo-assira: aspetti qualitativi e quantitativi, riflessi sociali e religiosi - Ermenegildo Nitta (SUD, 3)


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    In 8°, 240 pp. ill.ni a coll.

    Collana - SUD. Altri Studi Assirologici  Messinesi

    This monograph aims to provide a study of the religious onomastics of the Neo-
    Assyrian period (10th-7th century BC) through the analysis of the main existing
    prosopographic catalogue, published starting from the end of the 90s, namely the
    “The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire”, known as “PNA”. Religious
    onomastics are an aspect of onomastics about personal names that contain the
    name of a god, therefore called “theonyms” or “theophorus”. Due to the wideness
    of the subject, the research is based on two criteria:
    - a small number of divinities, not more than twenty-ive;
    - the analysis of anthroponyms relating to the Akkadian origin only.
    The choice of the two criteria caused a reduction of the religious anthroponyms.
    From a total of 4000 religious personal names in the PNA, about 2060 were considered.
    The main purpose of this study is, therefore, not only to provide a catalogue
    of religious anthroponyms but also to analyze the social and historical-religious
    aspects of the human-divinity relationship by dividing the anthroponyms into eight
    large semantic groups (and subgroups):
    - domain and authority
    - life
    - knowledge
    - protection
    - prosperity
    - cult
    - justice
    - qualitative-descriptive aspects.