The “Restoration” Edicts of the Babylonian Kings and Their Application

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:
The “Restoration” Edicts of the Babylonian Kings and Their Application

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This chapter investigates whether the so-called restoration edicts of kings were literary topos or they correspond to real legal measures of justice during the Old Babylonian period. It explains that the measures decreed by the sovereigns mainly concerned administration of the Crown lands but they also ruled on the fate of persons and property. This chapter also describes circumstances surrounding the proclamation of these edicts and highlights the problem of their periodicity.

Keywords: restoration edicts; legal measures; justice; Old Babylonian period; Crown lands; periodicity

Chapter.  6120 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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