Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1999-07-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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To understand the history of Mesopotamia, historians have had to rely on cuneiform texts which represent the oldest tradition of human history. The number and variety of texts written in cuneiform script are enormous, and present a unique source for the study of this ancient culture. Clear and accessible, Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History explores the possibilities and challenges these sources offer. Marc Van De Mieroop considers the political, social, and economic conditions that these texts illuminate as well as the way historians have used these sources to validate their readings of particular historical events. Filled with examples taken from the entirety of Mesopotamian history, Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History offers readers insight into how we have come to learn about this fascinating chapter of the human past.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
The First Half of Historyp. 9
Administrative documentsp. 13
Private legal documentsp. 17
Lettersp. 22
Historiographic textsp. 25
Literay textsp. 27
Scholarly textsp. 32
History from Abovep. 39
Assyrian royal inscriptionsp. 40
Sargon of Agadep. 59
Mesopotamian history and narrativep. 76
History from Belowp. 86
Prosopographyp. 89
Innaja, an old Assyrian merchantp. 92
The effects of warp. 98
Economic Historyp. 106
Theories of ancient economicsp. 108
The primitivism-modernism debatep. 109
Marxist interpretationsp. 111
Max Weberp. 115
Modernist approachesp. 120
Agriculture in Ur III Lagashp. 123
Gender and Mesopotamian Historyp. 138
Conclusionsp. 161
Notesp. 167
Annotated bibliographyp. 171
Bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 194
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