Bronze Age bureaucracy: writing and the practice of government in Assyria

This book describes ten different government archives of cuneiform tablets from Assyria, using them to analyse the social and economic character of the Middle Assyrian state, as well as the roles and practices of writing. The tablets, many of which have not been edited or translated, were excavated...

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Main Author: Postgate, J. (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2013.
Reviews:[Rezension von: Postgate, Nicholas, Bronze Age Bureaucracy. Writing and the practice of government in Assyria]$h (2019) (Maidman, Maynard P., 1944 - )
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Assyria / Burocracy / Administration / Bronze Age
Further subjects:B Assyria Politics and government
B Akkadian language Texts
B Scribes Assyria
B Bureaucracy Assyria
B Cuneiform inscriptions, Akkadian
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9781107043756
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Summary:This book describes ten different government archives of cuneiform tablets from Assyria, using them to analyse the social and economic character of the Middle Assyrian state, as well as the roles and practices of writing. The tablets, many of which have not been edited or translated, were excavated at the capital, Assur, and in the provinces, and they give vivid details to illuminate issues such as offerings to the national shrine, the economy and political role of elite households, palace etiquette, and state-run agriculture. This book concentrates particularly on how the Assyrian use of written documentation affected the nature and ethos of government, and compares this to contemporary practices in other palatial administrations at Nuzi, Alalah, Ugarit, and in Greece.
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ISBN:110733893X
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781107338937