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Outline for a Diplomatics of Mesopotamian Documents

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/9780226101590.003.0003
Outline for a Diplomatics of Mesopotamian Documents

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This chapter examines the documents from the Mesopotamian archives. It describes the conditions of their transmissions and evaluates the contribution of diplomatics to Assyriological studies. It suggests that Middle Babylonian tablets came to be published as coming from the late Old Babylonian period because purely philological criteria prevailed over a diplomatic approach. This chapter argues that one of the contributions of diplomatics was the detection of forgeries.

Keywords: Mesopotamian archives; diplomatics; Assyriological studies; Middle Babylonian tablets; Old Babylonian period; philological criteria; forgeries

Chapter.  8084 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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