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The Neo-Babylonian Tablet Trail In Comparative Perspective

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In order to properly understand the Neo-Babylonian texts, then, one must also consider them diachronically, that is together with litigation records from other periods in the history of Mesopotamian law. This chapter discusses textual parallels to the Neo-Babylonian text-types and points to some of the procedural parallels that can be identified in the textual record from earlier periods. The long history of the decision record begins with the very oldest records from Mesopotamia that pertain to adjudication, the Neo-Sumerian texts known by the title d i. t i l. l a. The modern identification of the decision record is confirmed by the existence of ancient terms that seem to refer to this specific text type. The Neo-Babylonian memoranda were meant for the scribe's own use, to serve in the composition of more formal documents.

Keywords: decision record; Mesopotamia; Neo-Babylonian texts; textual parallels



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