Su alcuni aspetti delle attività dei collettori di beni nei testi di Ebla


  • Elisabetta Cianfanelli Università degli Studi di Firenze



Ebla, administration, official, collector, prosopography


The article intends to contribute to the study of the term ur4 by focusing on the attestations that show the close connection of the ur4 officials with some members of the Ebla élite. In particular, it should be noted that some officials recur constantly in connection with the same members of the Eblaite court, for whom the officials delivered and purchased mainly harnesses for equidae and wagon parts, being also involved, in the case of the King and mainly of the Minister Ib-rí-um, in the management of their residences. In the same way, the ur4 officials were also part of the personal staff of the Eblaite princesses and some of the women of Minister Ib-rí-um’s family. In most cases the officials were known to the Eblaite court, they were lugals or even relatives of the Minister Ib-rí-um. The attestations confirm that also the ur4 officials coming from foreign kingdoms carried out the same type of activities. Furthermore, it is possible to highlight a certain recurrence that binds the foreigner ur4 to their kingdoms of origin.