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Introduction: The Historian's Task and Sources

in Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226101583
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101590 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.003.0001
Introduction: The Historian's Task and Sources

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This introduction discusses the theme of this volume which is about the writing, codes of laws and kingship in Mesopotamia during the Old Babylonian period. This volume examines the question of literacy in ancient Mesopotamia and discusses the status of the legal texts found in the archives. It investigates the role of sovereign as promulgator of the codes of laws and describes diplomatic life in the age of the Code of Hammurabi.

Keywords: writing; codes of laws; kingship; Mesopotamia; Old Babylonian period; literacy; diplomatic life; Code of Hammurabi

Chapter.  2286 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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