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The Transfer of Property Deeds and the Constitution of Family Archives

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/9780226101590.003.0005
The Transfer of Property Deeds and the Constitution of Family Archives

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This chapter examines the constitution of family archives and the transfer of property deeds in ancient Mesopotamia. The analysis of archives from Sippar to Ur reveals that the custom of transferring deeds of property was widespread in different types of transactions including dowry, sale, inheritance or exchange. Property deeds served as proof of the legality of a transaction and they prevent former owners from subsequently contesting the rights of the new owner by producing his deed. This chapter also highlights the impact of this practice on constitution of family or private archives.

Keywords: family archives; property deeds; Mesopotamia; Sippar; Ur; dowry; sale; inheritance; exchange

Chapter.  7180 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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