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Patron and Client: Zimri-Lim and Asqudum The Diviner

Dominique Charpin

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/9780199557301.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Patron and Client: Zimri-Lim and Asqudum The Diviner

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This article examines the patron-client relationship of Zimri-Lim, appointed king of Mari by the god Dagan, and the diviner Asqudum. It explains Zimri-Lim entrusted Asqudum with important administrative, diplomatic, and military responsibilities. In addition, Asqudum was also charged with negotiating Zimri-Lim's marriage to the princess Šibtu and then with accompanying her from Aleppo to the home of her new spouse. This article also describes Asqudum's divinatory, administrative, and commercial activities.

Keywords: patron-client relationship; Zimri-Lim; Asqudum; king of Mari; Dagan; diviner; military responsibilities; divinatory activities; commercial activities; Šibtu

Article.  10368 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Reception ; Historical Archaeology

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