a1 University of Padua
This study examines the treatment of meat in Assyrian state cult of the first millennium bce. To this aim, the administrative and cultic textual evidence about offerings of whole animals, meat cuts, and meat-based culinary preparations are considered here. After an overview of the meat offerings in the ritual action of a series of Assyrian cult ceremonies, the enquiry focuses on the culinary treatment, presentation, and manipulation of the sacrificial meat; the evidence discussed reveals that the culinary treatment of the meat offered differed according to the deity and the cultic occasion.
* This study is part of my research into “Foods and food practices in Assyria” at the University of Naples “L'Orientale”, and the collaboration with the Italian multi-university research programme “Lexicon of food and food practices in the Ancient Near East” (2007–2010) for the Neo-Assyrian lexicon of food. I am indebted to the anonymous reviewer for comments, criticisms and suggestions.