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Corpus of South Arabian Inscriptions


Solá Solé 1964: Pl. VI/2
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INSCRIPTION INFORMATION

LanguageAncient South Arabian » Sabaic » Central Middle Sabaic
AlphabetAncient South Arabian
Script typologyMonumental writing
Measure of letters2.25
Chronology
PeriodD. Conjectural
Textual typologyDedicatory text - fragmentary

TEXT


      [... ...]
   1  [... ... ](M)rṯdm Yʿrr( )[hqnyw s²ym-hmw Tʾlb Rymm bʿl]
   2  Rḥ[bn ṣlmn b-ḏt ʾtww ʾdm]-hw bnw ḏ-Rg[z ](b)n m[... ...]
   3  (S²)ddm [... ... ](w)-(Yḥṯ)t ʾrs³l (w)-(G)rmʿṯ[t ... ...tq]—
   4  dm ḍrm b-ʿ(m)[ ʾmrʾ-hm]w ʾmlk S¹bʾ w-b-[ḏt] ṣdq( )[w-hwfyn Tʾlb Rymm ʾdm-h]—
   5  w bny ḏ-Rgz b-kl ʾmlʾ s¹tmlʾ[n b]-ʿm-h[w ʾdm-hw bnw ḏ-Rgz w-b-kl]
   6  ʾmlʾ yzʾnn s¹tmlʾn b-ʿm-h<w> ʾdm-hw bn(w)[ ḏ-Rgz w-l s¹ʿd Tʾlb ʾd]—
   7  (m)-hw bny ḏ-Rgz nʿmtm w-wfym w-b(r)y ʾʾ[ḏnm w-ʾwldm ʾḏkrm h]—
   8  nʾm w-ʾṯmr ṣdqm bn ʾrḍ-hmw[ w]-m[s²ym-hmw w-rḍw ʾmrʾ-hmw bny Hmdn]
   9  w-(s²)ʿb-hmw Ḥs²dm b-Tʾlb Rymm

Apparatus
1Even if the first sign is not sure, it is plausible to read the name Mrṯdm (see Gl 1228, 9). The second name, Yʿrr is attested in Gl 1233, 1 (CIH 339 bis).
2The integration is proposed by Solá Solé.
3For Solá Solé S²ddm is a proper name of an individual, but it is attested in several inscriptions as a part of the family Hmdn (Ryckmans, Jacques 1965: 326).
If the restitution Yḥṯt is accurate, ʾrs³l was an epithet , maybe a variant of ʾrs²l, well attested in Ancient South Arabian (Solá Solé 1964: 24).
5For the restitution of the second half of the line cf. RES 4012, 3.
6The reading b-ʿm-h (without w) is sure but it is most probably a mistake for b-ʿm-hw.
The second half of the line could also be restituted as follows: [ḏ-Rgz w-l wzʾ s¹ʿd ʾd]m-hw.
8The usual expression is ʿdy ʾrḍ-hmw, while bn ʾrḍ-hmw is rather uncommon (see RES 4138, 14).

TRANSLATIONS

English

   1  [… …] Mrṯdm Yʿrr [dedicated to their Patron Tʾlb Rymm, Lord of]
   2  Rḥ[bn, this statue, in praise because] His [servants returned safe], the family ḏ-Rgz, from M[… …]
   3  S²ddm [… …] and Yḥṯt ʾrśl and Grmʿṯ[t … …] did
   4  a war with their [lords], the kings of Sabaʾ; and in praise [because Tʾlb Rymm] bestowed [and granted H]is [servants],
   5  the family ḏ-Rgz, all the favours [His servants, the family ḏ-Rgz], sought from Him, and all the
   6  favours His servants, the family [ḏ-Rgz], may continue to seek from Him; [and may Tʾlb grant] His [ser]-
   7  vants, the family ḏ-Rgz, prosperity, safety and soundness of fa[culties and male and heal]thy chil-
   8  dren and good fruit crops in their lands and their fields [and the] go[odwill of their lords, the family Hmdn]
   9  and their tribe Ḥs²dm. By Tʾlb Rymm.
Solá Solé 1964: 23-25Solá Solé, Josep M. 1964. Inschriften aus Riyām. Sammlung Eduard Glaser. 4. (Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse, 243/4). Vienna: Böhlaus.

OBJECT INFORMATION

Support typeArtefact » Base » Of statue with dedicatory inscription
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ORIGIN AND PROVENANCE

Origin and provenance
Modern siteJabal Riyām
Ancient siteTrʿt
Geographical areaArḥab
CountryYemen
Archaeological contextReligious context: Temple of Tʾlb Rymm
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Solá Solé 1964: 22-25, pl. VI/2Solá Solé, Josep M. 1964. Inschriften aus Riyām. Sammlung Eduard Glaser. 4. (Sitzungsberichte der Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Klasse, 243/4). Vienna: Böhlaus.
Ryckmans, Jacques 1965Ryckmans, Jacques 1965. J.-M. Solá-Solé, Sammlung Eduard Glaser IV, Wien, 1964 (Review). Bibliotheca Orientalis, 22: 326-327.