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Author Charpin, Dominique

Title Writing, law, and kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia / Dominique Charpin ; translated by Jane Marie Todd
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 182 pages)
Contents The historian's task and sources -- Reading and writing in Mesopotamia: the business of specialists? -- Outline for a diplomatics of Mesopotamian documents -- Old Babylonian law: gesture, speech, and writing -- The transfer of property deeds and the constitution of family archives -- The status of the Code of Hammurabi -- The "restoration" edicts of the Babylonian kings and their application -- Hammurabi and international law -- Controlling cross-border traffic -- A civilization with two faces
Summary Ancient Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now western Iraq and eastern Syria, is considered to be the cradle of civilization - home of the Babylonian and Assyrian empires, as well as the great Code of Hammurabi. The Code was only part of a rich juridical culture from 2200 to 1600 BCE that saw the invention of writing and the development of its relationship to law, among other remarkable firsts. Though ancient history offers inexhaustible riches, Dominique Charpin focuses here on the legal systems of Old Babylonian Mesopotamia and offers consid
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Diplomatics, Cuneiform -- Iraq -- History
Law, Assyro-Babylonian -- Language
Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian.
Cuneiform writing -- History
HISTORY -- Civilization.
Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian.
Cuneiform writing.
Diplomatics, Cuneiform.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Todd, Jane Marie, 1957-
LC no. 2009052457
ISBN 9780226101590