Re: [ANE-2] Nanaya of Uruk; a question
- I'm not sure that whoever wrote that intended that Aramaic was the origin of the
syncretism. It is possible that what was intended was tha it LATER was equared
with an Aramaic diety.
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From: Robert M Whiting <whiting@...>
Sent: Fri, April 22, 2011 5:04:28 PM
Subject: [ANE-2] Nanaya of Uruk; a question
I am editing a volume for publication in one of our series and it includes
a reference to SAA 4 191:3 where the disease "'hand' of Nanaya of Uruk" is
mentioned. Next to this is the statement: "Nanaya was the Aramaic name
of an Ishtar divinity." No source is provided for this statment; i.e., it
is treated as common knowledge. While the syncretism between
Inanna/Ishtar and Nanaya has a long history, where does the idea that the
name Nanaya is Aramaic come from? Does anyone know of a source that would
support such a claim? To my knowledge, the name of Nanaya of Uruk long
predates any attested presence of Aramaic in southern Mesopotamia, and
although it is likely that the name is neither Sumerian nor Akkadian,
what evidence is there for an Aramaic origin?
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