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«Мертвые или живые»: об одной формуле в правовых документах из Эмара

Вестник древней истории. 2021. Т. 81. № 2. С. 298-315.

The article deals with the expression “dead or alive” which is used in the Emar legal texts to characterize slaves in respect to their master. Those slaves, previously free persons, were sold into slavery by their relatives or entered the slavery voluntarily in order to repay their debts. The article examines the historical context and content of the relevant sources. Special attention is paid to the orthography and the interpretations of the formula “dead or alive” advanced in the literature. The final part of the study provides a Russian translation of all the texts containing this formula.