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Decision Records

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This chapter presents and describes four different styles of decision records: two styles associated with the royal judges, which will be known as the "Royal Judges" styles, and two styles of decision records from the Eanna at Uruk, which will be known as the "Eanna" styles. It presents a number of decision records after the discussion of the "Royal Judges" and the "Eanna" styles. Twenty-eight decision records fall into two distinct styles based on their compositional elements. In most "Royal Judges style A" decision records, the judicial review of the evidence (IIB) is followed immediately by the decision (IID). In addition to mentioning the authorities in the judicial actions section, the "Eanna style A" decision records also record the names of overseeing authorities at the end of the text. The discussion of the "Eanna" styles has been limited until now to the comparison between one Eanna style and the other.

Keywords: decision records; Eanna styles; Royal Judges; Uruk



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