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Title: Burn your way to success : studies in the Mesopotamian ritual and incantation series Šurpu
Author: Simons, Francis James Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 7972 7412
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2019
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The ritual and incantation series Šurpu 'Burning' is one of the most important sources for understanding religious and magical practice in the ancient Near East. The purpose of the ritual was to rid a sufferer of a divine curse which had been inflicted due to personal misconduct. The series is composed chiefly of the text of the incantations recited during the ceremony. These are supplemented by brief ritual instructions as well as a ritual tablet which details the ceremony in full. This thesis offers a comprehensive and radical reconstruction of the entire text, demonstrating the existence of a large, and previously unsuspected, lacuna in the published version. In addition, a single tablet, tablet IX, from the ten which comprise the series is fully edited, with partitur transliteration, eclectic and normalised text, translation, and a detailed line by line commentary.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BL Religion ; CC Archaeology ; D051 Ancient History ; Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography