Controlling Cross-Border Traffic

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:
Controlling Cross-Border Traffic

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This chapter examines the role of borders in ancient Mesopotamia as how control over the borders was exerted over those who were led to cross them continually. It suggests that surveillance of roads played a crucial a crucial role in controlling the movements of traders, nomads and messengers who continued to ignore borders. This chapter also argues that writing played an important role in the control processes, whether as pass or instructions to checkpoint officials.

Keywords: borders; ancient Mesopotamia; surveillance; roads; traders; messengers; nomads; writing

Chapter.  4322 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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