n Journal for Semitics - The foreign triangle in south-eastern Mesopotamia

Volume 21, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471


The province of Lagaš, whose major towns/cities Lagaš, Girsu and Nina each had several smaller villages surrounding them, had a major impact on the formation of the cultures of southern Mesopotamia. This article aims to reconstruct the richness of the variety of ancient cultures that could have had a great impact in the southern region between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers. Three concepts are utilized in order to understand the cultural scenario of south-eastern Mesopotamia, namely linguistic syncretism, religious syncretism and ethnic syncretism. This approach will hopefully begin to untangle some ideas which could be valuable for future research in this regard.

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