High court officials


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Could you please help me understand the meaning of the three words in the following sentence: "Next to arrive was the king and his royal entourage of high court officials..." (Sumer, roughly 3000 BCE)

Does the term refer to "judges" or simply "high dignitaries"? Is there any rule that could help me recognise similar puzzles in the future?
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    High-ranking members of the king's court (entourage). Although today, a 'High Court' is always a legal court with judges, historically 'court' was also used for the officers and advisers surrounding a king. In fact, that's where the legal sense of 'court' comes from: originally the king dispensed justice, and only later did separate officials (judges) in a separate place do it.
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