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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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The “Restoration” Edicts of the Babylonian Kings and Their Application

The “Restoration” Edicts of the Babylonian Kings and Their Application

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(p.83) Chapter 6 The “Restoration” Edicts of the Babylonian Kings and Their Application
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Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226101590.003.0007

This chapter investigates whether the so-called restoration edicts of kings were literary topos or they correspond to real legal measures of justice during the Old Babylonian period. It explains that the measures decreed by the sovereigns mainly concerned administration of the Crown lands but they also ruled on the fate of persons and property. This chapter also describes circumstances surrounding the proclamation of these edicts and highlights the problem of their periodicity.

Keywords:   restoration edicts, legal measures, justice, Old Babylonian period, Crown lands, periodicity

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