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Cuneiform Culture's Last Guardians: The Old Urban Notability of Hellenistic Uruk

Philippe Clancier

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/9780199557301.013.0035

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Cuneiform Culture's Last Guardians: The Old Urban Notability of Hellenistic Uruk

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This article focuses on cuneiform culture and the three separate but related aspects of scribal activity in Uruk during the Hellenistic period. It considers the cuneiform scribe as a representative of the old urban notability in the context of that specific social group and its links to the temples and the Hellenistic kings and describes the legal activities of both the cuneiform scribe and the alphabet scribe working on leather and the closely related role of the Babylonian temples as courts of justice. It also explores the interaction between alphabetic and cuneiform cultures by focusing on the so-called Graeco-Babyloniaca.

Keywords: cuneiform culture; scribal activity; Uruk; Hellenistic period; urban nobility; Hellenistic kings; legal activities; cuneiform scribe; alphabet scribe; Graeco-Babyloniaca

Article.  10020 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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