By Eleonora Cussini

A trip to Palmyra originates from the will to recollect Delbert R. Hillers, who drastically contributed along with his paintings to Palmyrene experiences. besides the fact that, it's not intended simply as a memorial quantity, yet as a study device. It includes 13 papers by means of students within the box of Palmyrene reports and Semitics targeting various facets of Palmyrene background, social heritage, artwork, archaeology and philology, with ebook of newly stumbled on inscriptions. It deals a state of the art dialogue on numerous concerns referring to the sphere of Palmyrene stories, and illustrates methodologies to be hired which will bring up our wisdom of the advanced and multifaceted tradition of old Palmyra and of neighbouring components. Readership: students and scholars - undergraduates and graduates - within the box of Semitics, Classics, historic background, Archaeology and artwork, bible study, and all these drawn to the historical past of historical Palmyra.

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16 In other cases women may appear together with a male relative, for example the husband, as in the next three texts inscribed on altars offered to the Anonymous God: PAT 1911, AD 251 and PAT 2635; or the father, as in PAT 1001, AD 233. In addition, we may note PAT 0394, an ex-voto on altar offered in AD 263 by Yarhay son of Nabuda, and by two women, Koshay daughter of Seleuka, and Shabbatay daughter of Wahaballat; or PAT 0399, ex-voto on altar offered by Zabda, son of Hala, and Ba#altega, daughter of #Oga AD 268; or PAT 1430, ex-voto on altar dedicated to the Anonymous God by Yarhibola, Barrahum and a woman, Akme; PAT 1703, exvoto on altar offered to the gods Shulman and Abgal by two men and a woman, Shalmat; or, possibly, PAT 0184, a fragmentary inscription on altar offered by Yarhay, and by a woman, Shabay.

15 As we gather from extant dedicatory inscriptions, Palmyrene women offered altars, columns or ex-voto inscriptions to gods. Eight of these texts are dated: PAT 0167, of AD 23, records the offering of two columns to the god Baalshamin by three women, #Attay and Shabhay, daughters of Shahra, and #Ate, daughter of Firdush. PAT 0168, AD 52: Amatallat, daughter of Bare#a, wife of Belhazay, offered a column to Baalshamin. In the ensuing cases, women dedicated altars to the Anonymous God: PAT 1434 of AD 165 (Tidal freedwoman of Bassos); PAT 0352 of AD 178 (Hannate); PAT 0360 of AD 207 (Makki daughter of Oga, for “her life and the life of her daughter”); PAT 0366 of AD 220 (Domnina, daughter of Yadi#bel); PAT 0373 of AD 230 (Batzubaida, daughter of Gaddarsu, for herself and her husband #Ubaidu); and, finally, PAT 0356, date lost (Ala, daughter of Zubaida).

Daughter of Makkay, / [(son of) Ummabi, which] was made for her by Ma#anay. (B) Statue 8 On the formulation and significance of cession texts (monumental inscriptions containing abstracts of legal documents whose full version was recorded on perishable material) see Cussini 1993 and 1995 with previous bibliography. 9 PAT 0259, ll. ” Furthermore, l. 125: mks" dy #lymt" “the tax on girls (= prostitutes)”. 10 In addition to depiction of goddesses, for example Allat, Palmyrene women appear in two cultic scenes from the temples of Bel and Allat, showing veiled women participating to a religious cerimony.

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