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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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Outline for a Diplomatics of Mesopotamian Documents

Outline for a Diplomatics of Mesopotamian Documents

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(p.25) Chapter 2 Outline for a Diplomatics of Mesopotamian Documents
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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.003.0003

This chapter examines the documents from the Mesopotamian archives. It describes the conditions of their transmissions and evaluates the contribution of diplomatics to Assyriological studies. It suggests that Middle Babylonian tablets came to be published as coming from the late Old Babylonian period because purely philological criteria prevailed over a diplomatic approach. This chapter argues that one of the contributions of diplomatics was the detection of forgeries.

Keywords:   Mesopotamian archives, diplomatics, Assyriological studies, Middle Babylonian tablets, Old Babylonian period, philological criteria, forgeries

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