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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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Controlling Cross-Border Traffic

Controlling Cross-Border Traffic

(p.115) Chapter 8 Controlling Cross-Border Traffic
Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the role of borders in ancient Mesopotamia as how control over the borders was exerted over those who were led to cross them continually. It suggests that surveillance of roads played a crucial a crucial role in controlling the movements of traders, nomads and messengers who continued to ignore borders. This chapter also argues that writing played an important role in the control processes, whether as pass or instructions to checkpoint officials.

Keywords:   borders, ancient Mesopotamia, surveillance, roads, traders, messengers, nomads, writing

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