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The Adjudicatory Process In The Eanna

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The corpus of Neo-Babylonian legal texts includes records of the adjudicatory process in cases pertaining to temple property. Textual records of proceedings pertaining to the Eanna at Uruk are particularly abundant, although there are also texts from the Ebabbar at Sippar. This chapter draws mainly on the Eanna material, with only occasional reference to other texts. The adjudicatory process in the temples has a different purpose from the adjudicatory process that pertains to private property. The main reason for adjudicatory proceedings in the temples is the protection of the temples' interests. Despite the fundamental difference between the two processes of adjudication, the process in both settings is carried out in a basically similar manner. This similarity stems from the common needs of adjudication, and is reflected in the similar text-types that make up the 'tablet trail' from both processes.

Keywords: adjudicatory process; Eanna; Neo-Babylonian legal text; private property; temple property



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