Cuneiform Writing in Neo-Babylonian Temple Communities

Michael Jursa

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Cuneiform Writing in Neo-Babylonian Temple Communities

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This article analyzes the uses of writing in the ambit of Babylonian temple households of the first millennium bc. It describes the social and economic background of Neo-Babylonian temple communities, focusing on the long sixth century the period between the emergence of the Neo-Babylonian Empire and the fall of Assyria. It also discusses the structure, aim, and efficiency of temple bureaucracy and addresses the question of the priests' literacy and the use of writing for private record-keeping in priestly households.

Keywords: Babylonian temple households; temple communities; Neo-Babylonian Empire; fall of Assyria; temple bureaucracy; priests' literacy; private record-keeping

Article.  9872 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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