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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia$
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Dominique Charpin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101583

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.001.0001

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Introduction: The Historian's Task and Sources

Introduction: The Historian's Task and Sources

(p.1) Introduction: The Historian's Task and Sources
Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
University of Chicago Press

This introduction discusses the theme of this volume which is about the writing, codes of laws and kingship in Mesopotamia during the Old Babylonian period. This volume examines the question of literacy in ancient Mesopotamia and discusses the status of the legal texts found in the archives. It investigates the role of sovereign as promulgator of the codes of laws and describes diplomatic life in the age of the Code of Hammurabi.

Keywords:   writing, codes of laws, kingship, Mesopotamia, Old Babylonian period, literacy, diplomatic life, Code of Hammurabi

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