Ahiqar tra leggenda e rielaborazione letteraria. Una tradizione e i suoi riflessi

Giancarlo Toloni

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The legend of Ahiqar is told in the homonymous “History”. The figure of the Assyrian wise came later in the book of “Tobit” as an important partner of Tobit; to give prestige to his book, the biblical autor has exploited the fame of the “History” of Ahiqar, and has historicized its protagonist. Ahiqar also appears in some writings in demotic: in two fragments of papyrus of the first century AD, in the “Instructions of Anchsheshonqy”, and in an inscription found at Uruk-Warka, in a Babylonian tablet (165 BC) which contains a list of “ummānū”, “scholars”. Among them is Ahiqar (with an Aramaic name, “Aḫu’aqari”). This is, therefore, an apocryphal identification, a spurious historicization very similar to the one that made the author of “Tobit”.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Ahiqar between legend and literary reworking. A tradition and its reflections
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)7-30
Numero di pagine24
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Ahiqar, Elephantine version, Tobit, Aramaic, Historicization, "Ummānū"
  • Ajicar, Versión de Elefantina, Tobit, Aramaic, historización, arameo, novela sapiencial, “ummānū”


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