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Feasts For The Living, The Dead, and The Gods

Hagan Brunke

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Feasts For The Living, The Dead, and The Gods

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This article examines communal feasting in Mesopotamia during the late third millennium bc. Though there is admittedly a lack of archaeological evidence from this time, and an absence of procedural or prescriptive texts that would amount to recipes for specific dishes or protocols for specific feasts, much relevant information can be extracted from the administrative documents. This article describes banquets in honor of gods, kings, and the dead and catering for the workforce.

Keywords: communal feasting; Mesopotamia; administrative documents; banquets; catering; workforce

Article.  7501 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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