Re: First mention of Mesopotamia
- In the Anabasis?, that is interesting.
Several years ago I had cause to research into the first use of Mesopotamia. And I agree it was first used in the time of Alexander, but the source I uncovered suggested the "land between the two rivers", in its initial Greek? concept, referred to the land between the Orontes and the Euphrates.
I've wondered if anyone on the list might be familiar with this.
- This is what I remember discovering, that Mesopotamia only means the same as the Akkadian Naharaim (Egyptian Naharyn), both mean essentially "River Country".
The western border of Naharaim was the Orontes (Nii was in Naharyn and was located on the banks of the Orontes). The eastern border is debatable as Naharaim appears to be used by the Assyrians up to the region of Lake Van.
The more modern application for the term Mesopotamia, between the Euphrates & the Tigris, is a rather narrow interpretation.
--- In ANEemail@example.com, "imbros03" <atamburr@...> wrote:
> Dear Stewart and Beatrice,
> Thanks for the information.
> I am starting to appreciate wikipedia!!! :)
> Anyway, I thought that the oldest written mention of Mesopotamia was much older than Alexander's time.
> Wikipedia refers the article by Finkelstein ("Mesopotamia", JNES, Vol. XXI, No. 2, 1961) where it is mentioned "...certain geographical references in Old Babylonian contracts involving the sale of
> slaves which appear to represent the very Akkadian antecedent for the name "Mesotamia" and the Aramaic byn nhryn..."
> Thanks again and best regards,
> Aldo Tamburrino
> University of Chile