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Appropriation Of Land By Officials In The Neo-Assyrian Period

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The Assyrian royal inscriptions present an ideal picture of the activities of the king and his magnates: without fail, they overcome obstacles, resolve conflicts, and act perfectly and morally. This chapter focuses only on the feature of land appropriation by Assyrian officials. The right to use abandoned land is well attested in ancient Near Eastern law codes. In sum, ND 2734+ indicates the dearth of manpower and the surplus of lands in the Neo-Assyrian period. The lack of manpower created the feature of abandoned and uncultivated lands; and it opened opportunities for appropriating land. The appropriation of land by Assyrian officials is well attested in Neo- Assyrian letters. Clearly, the Assyrian kings generally granted land to governors outside the confines of their provinces for a purpose.

Keywords: Assyrian officials; Assyrian royal inscriptions; Neo-Assyrian period



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