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Research Article: Athirat

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Athirat

ATHIRAT, called Ashiratum or Ashratum in Old Babylonian texts, was a West Semitic goddess, worshiped in Syria in the second millennium BCE and still widely attested in southern Arabia in the mid-first millennium BCE and later. The Old Babylonian spellings of her name—with and without the internal vowel i—show that this vowel was short and could be elided. This is confirmed by the spellings Abdi-Ashirtu and Abdi-Ashratu of the name of the famous Amorite chieftain in the Amarna correspondence from the fourteenth century BCE. The divine name was thus formed on the active participle of ʾṯr, "to walk" or "to tread on." Hence it was rightly explained as "walker" or "trampler."

Sun Goddess

Ashiratum was the consort of Amurrum, as Babylonians were calling the chief deity of the western nomads, the...

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