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Bronze Age Bureaucracy : Writing and the Practice of Government in Assyria.

Author: Nicholas Postgate
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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Analysing ten different archives of cuneiform tablets, this book describes the society and economy of the Middle Assyrian state.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Postgate, Nicholas.
Bronze Age Bureaucracy : Writing and the Practice of Government in Assyria.
New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Postgate
ISBN: 9781107497450 1107497450
OCLC Number: 866440921
Notes: Public Transactions Concerning Grain.
Description: 1 online resource (498 pages)
Contents: Cover; Bronze Age Bureaucracy; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations (and Credits); List of Tables; Preface and Acknowledgements; Note on Transcription; 1 Bureaucracy in the Bronze Age?; The Mesopotamian background; The structure of this book; 2 The Land of Aššur in the Late Bronze Age; Introduction; The Royal Palace; The Palace as a Residence; The Palace as the Seat of Government; Provincial Palaces; People; Personal Identity and Origin; Social and Legal Status; Debt Slavery; Displaced Persons and Dependent Workers; State Labour and Military Service; Crafts and Professions; Land. Private Land TenureState Farms; Prebendary Allocations of Land; Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta; Tell Sabi Abyad; Summary; 3 Writing in Assyria: The Scribes and Their Output; The Scribes; Time and Measure; Time; The Middle Assyrian Months; Metrology; Weights; Capacity Measures; Area Measures; Middle Assyrian Documentation; Writing in Assyria; Writing in the Private Sector; The documentation and its terminology; le'u "Writing-board"; Tuppu "(Clay) Tablet"; Tuppu dannutu "Valid Tablet"; Tuppu sạbittu "Formally Executed Tablet"; Našpertu "Directive"; Nikkassu "Account(s)"; kisịrtu "Case-Tablet." Seals and SealingThe Seals; Seal Substitutes; Sealing Documents; The Versatile Debt-Note; Classifying the Documentation; Archives?; Individual Archives; The selected Archives; Archive Storage; 4 Archives at Aššur; Archives at Aššur: Introduction; 4.1The Offerings House Archive; The Archives of the Offerings House in the Temple of Aššur; Deliveries to the Offerings House; The Contribution of the Assyrians; The Offerings House and its Storage Facilities; The Commodities and Their Processers; Cereals; Grinders; The Brewers; Honey; Sesame; Fruit (azamru); The Confectioner (kakardinnu). Presentation of OfferingsExternal Contacts: The Archive Ass. 18764; The Texts; Notes of Arrears; Personal Loans; External Contacts: The Palace; The Documentation; Introduction; Incoming Contributions; Unilateral Memoranda; Bilateral Receipts; Bilateral Debt-Notes; Internal Records --
Receipts; Internal Records --
Arrears; Incoming Contributions: Summary; Onward Transmission within the Offerings House; Internal Memoranda; Bilateral Receipts; Internal Monitoring of Transactions; Internal Monitoring --
Bilateral Documents; Final Disposition; Šakulu "To Supply for Consumption." Prescriptive DocumentsTalpittu "Disbursal"; Summary of the Offerings Archive Documentation; Conclusions; 4.2 The Stewards' Archive; 4.3 The Archive of Mutta the Animal-Fattener; 4.4 The Archive of Babu-a.a-iddina; 4.5 A Family Archive; 5 Archives in the Provinces; 5.1. Tell al-Rimah, Ancient Karana or Qatara; The City; The Families' Affairs; Administrative Officials; Relations with the State; Summary; 5.2. Tell Billa, Ancient Šibaniba; The Archive and the Principal Characters; Letters; Private Transactions Involving Grain; Private Transactions Concerning Lead.

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