By Klaas Dijkstra
The formulation 'for the lifetime of' is frequently present in votive inscriptions, solid in Aramaic and different languages, which originate from the Syrian-Mesopotamian wasteland and adjoining parts 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 courting among the dedicator and a number of beneficiaries, these people for whose existence the commitment used to be 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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