The Spoils (of War) Tablet
An inventory of the spoils of war
.1 e-re-pa-to , ka-ra-ma-to 46
.2 ka-so , ke-ma-ta 8
- e-re-pa-to | ἀρείφατο(ς) (areipatos) | (1) slain in war, (2) slain by Ares
- e-re-pa-to | ἁρπα(σ)τό(ς) (arpastos) | carried away, caught; robbed
- ka-ra-ma-to | χρημάτω(ν) (khrematov) | money of, property of
- ka-so | χασο (khaso) | loss, waste
- ke-ma-ta | *καμήτα (khameta) | things on the ground; *detritus
.1 ἀρείφατο χρημάτω 46
.1 ἁρπατό χρημάτω 46
- the property of slain warriors “carried away”: 46 items
.2 χασο *καμήτα 8
- detritus (of war): 8 items
Notes: ἁρπαστός appears to provide a collateral definition that supports the notion of looting; property can be carried away just as the souls of the dead can be transported (carried away) to Hades. I envision the scribe, or another person, roaming the battlefield to loot bodies and to gather χασο *καμήτα “lost things on the ground” (detritus), such as weapons, armor, and personal items.
Richard Vallance has also posted a decipherment of KN V- 684 but has elected to use Rita Roberts’ decipherment rather than his own. Please take a moment to review Roberts’ decipherment, and then come back to vote. Note that the results of an earlier version of this poll have been deleted due to misdirected traffic for a different tablet number.