Bronze Age Bureaucracy: Writing and the Practice of Government in Assyria (Hardback)
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Short Description for Bronze Age Bureaucracy Analysing ten different archives of cuneiform tablets, this book describes the society and economy of the Middle Assyrian state.
- Published: 28 February 2014
- Format: Hardback 480 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781107043756 ISBN 10: 1107043751
- Sales rank: 874,398
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This 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.