By Klaas Dijkstra
The formulation 'for the lifetime of' is frequently present in votive inscriptions, forged in Aramaic and different languages, which originate from the Syrian-Mesopotamian desolate tract and adjoining components and which approximately date from the 1st 3 centuries A.D. They belong to things like statues and altars that sometimes have been erected in temples and different buildings with a ritual or sacred functionality. The inscriptions identify a dating among the dedicator and a number of beneficiaries, these folks for whose lifestyles the commitment was once made. because the social context obviously bears on either the that means of the inscriptions in addition to the prestige of the dedications, this quantity offers with the character of the relationships and the socio-religious functionality the dedications practice.
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