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A Retrospective Review of the Letters by Yaqqim-Addu, Governor of Saggaratum under Zimri-Lim

P. 5-50.

The article presents an up-to-date Introduction to the epistolary corpus of Yaqqim-Addu and new interpretations of poorly understood passages. The Introduction includes, among other things, an essay on dating the letters within the reign of Zimri-Lim and an attempt at establishing the ratio of Yaqqim-Addu’s extant letters to their erstwhile number. For the authors, the language of the corpus is a “peripheral,” i. e., non-native Akkadian. This view is corroborated by new West-Semitic loanwords found in the corpus. Particularly telling are new instances of ad hoc use of West-Semitic vocabulary instead of trivial Akkadian words.