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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia

Dominique Charpin

Abstract

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 2200–1600 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, this book focuses here on the legal systems of Old Babylonian Mesopotamia and offers considerable insigh ... More

Keywords: Ancient Mesopotamia, civilization, Babylonian empire, Assyrian empire, Code of Hammurabi, legal codes, cuneiform writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226101583
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominique Charpin, author