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    DescriptionThis book describes ten different government archives of cuneiform tablets from Assyria, using them to analyse the social and economic character of the Middle Assyrian state, as well as the roles and practices of writing. The tablets, many of which have not been edited or translated, were excavated at the capital, Assur, and in the provinces, and they give vivid details to illuminate issues such as offerings to the national shrine, the economy and political role of elite households, palace etiquette, and state-run agriculture. This book concentrates particularly on how the Assyrian use of written documentation affected the nature and ethos of government, and compares this to contemporary practices in other palatial administrations at Nuzi, Alalah, Ugarit, and in Greece.


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    Title
    Bronze Age Bureaucracy
    Subtitle
    Writing and the Practice of Government in Assyria
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. Nicholas Postgate
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 494
    Width: 185 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,111 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107043756
    ISBN 10: 1107043751
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    LC classification: DS73.4 .P67 2013
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    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    34 b/w illus. 7 maps
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    13 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Nicholas Postgate was Professor of Assyriology at the University of Cambridge from 1994 to 2013 and Fellow of Trinity College. He directed excavations at the Sumerian city at Abu Salabikh in South Iraq from 1973 to 1989, and at the Bronze and Iron Age settlement at Kilise Tepe in South Turkey from 1994 to 2012. His articles have been published in Iraq, Revue d'Assyriologie, the Journal of Cuneiform Studies, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, Sumer, and Anatolian Studies. He is author of Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History, editor of several volumes of Assyrian documents, and co-editor of A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian.
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. The land of Assur in the late Bronze Age; 3. Writing in Assyria: the scribes and their output; 4. Archives at Assur; 5. Archives in the provinces; 6. The government of Assyria and its impact; 7. Nuzi, the nearest neighbor; 8. Western contemporaries: Alalah, Ugarit and Greece; 9. The records of government.