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Social Change and the Transition from the Third Dynasty of Ur to the Old Babylonian Kingdoms <i>c</i>.2112–1595 <span class="smallCaps">bce</span>

Tonia Sharlach

in Regime Change in the Ancient Near East and Egypt

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263907
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263907.003.0004

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Social Change and the Transition from the Third Dynasty of Ur to the Old Babylonian Kingdoms c.2112–1595 bce

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This chapter examines the social change associated with the transition from the Third Dynasty of Ur to the Old Babylonian Kingdoms in ancient Mesopotamia during the period from c.2112 to 1595 BCE. It identifies certain key institutions at the time of the Third Dynasty of Ur and attempts to trace their evolution into Old Babylonian times. The analysis of the debt relief edicts and naditu priestesses reveals the discontinuities in the social and economic fabric of these two periods.

Keywords: social change; Third Dynasty of Ur; Old Babylonian Kingdoms; ancient Mesopotamia; debt relief edicts; naditu priestesses

Chapter.  5797 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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