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Author Fleming, Daniel E.

Title Democracy's ancient ancestors : Mari and early collective governance / Daniel E. Fleming
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 359 pages, 3 unnumbered pages of plates) : maps
Contents 1. Introduction -- A. Mari Texts -- B. Survey of Mari History -- C. Note on Prominent Terms -- D. Mari Archives and Political History -- E. Text-Based Study: Comments on Methodology -- 2. Tribal World of Zimri-Lim -- A. Tribally Organized Pastoralists and the Amorrites -- B. Primary Constituents of the Confederacies: Sim'alite gayum and Yaminite li'mum -- C. Local Leader of Tribe and Town: The sugagum in Service to the Mari Kingdom -- D. Chief of Pasture: The merhum -- E. "Hana" Tent-Dwellers -- F. Other Confederacy: The Yaminites -- 3. Archaic State and the matum "Land" -- A. Urbanism and Archaic States -- B. matum: The Basic Unit of Regional Politics in the Early Second Millennium -- C. Subdividing the Major matums: The halsum District -- D. Population Terminology Not Tied to Political Entity -- E. Zimri-Lim and the Land of the Tent-Dwellers (mat Hana) -- 4. Collective and the Town -- A. Towns of the Mari Archives -- B. Corporate Political Tradition -- C. Collective Face of Towns or Lands -- D. Elders -- E. Heads -- F. Words for Assembly -- G. Imar, Tuttul, and Urgis: Old Towns with Strong Collective Traditions -- H. Mari in Third-Millennium Mesopotamia -- I. On Explaining Corporate Power -- 5. Conclusions -- A. Political World of the Mari Archives -- B. Democracy's Ancient Ancestors
Summary Daniel E. Fleming examines the political landscape of the ancient Near East through the archive of over 3000 letters found in the royal palace of Mari. These letters display a rich diversity of political actors, encompassing major kingdoms, smaller states and various tribal towns
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-343) and indexes
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Subject Mari (Extinct city) -- Politics and government.
Middle East -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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