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The Women of the Palace at Mari

Bertrand Lafont

in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780748613878
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613878.003.0008
The Women of the Palace at Mari

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The evidence discovered at Tell Hariri presents an interesting special feature; it contains a number of texts relating to the female population of the kingdom, notably many letters from women who, because of their birth or duties, sometimes played an important role at the court of Mari or in affairs of state. These letters have been assembled under the title ‘female correspondence’, among them missives exchanged between the king Zimri-Lim and the queen Shiptu when the sovereign was away, as well as letters from the secondary wives, the king's daughters, priestesses and other high-ranking women. A dossier was discovered made up of exceptional documents that throw a vivid light on the situation of women in the kingdom, especially the great ladies of the palace.

Keywords: Tell Hariri; female; population; letters; Mari; correspondence; Zimri-Lim; Shiptu; kingdom; palace

Chapter.  4332 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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