The Overseers of the Teams of Mules and Asses, ugula surx-BAR.AN/IGI.NITA
Keywords:Ebla, prosopography, overseers, mules, ass
The administrative documents of Ebla record two genres of equids: IGI(.NITA/MUNUS), an abbreviation of ANŠE.IGI+ŠE(libir) “ass”, and (ANŠE.)BAR.AN /kúnga) “mule”, both provided to agricultural units. They were also used as draught animals for the chariots of the king, his sons, the queen, and the minister, according to the documents of the central administration. The “overseers of the teams of mules”, that is the charioteers in service at the Palace were 47 / 60 (ARET 20: 197), and 49 those who received a gift on the occasion of the celebration of the victory over Mari (TM.75.G.2280+). Here are listed the names of the charioteers dating the occurrences according to the minister to whom each document has to be dated. In case of annual documents, the year of the minister is given, and these data are collected in Table I.
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