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In this article I explore ways of reading Mesopotamian legal records as narratives and so derive insights into Mesopotamian legal, social, and cultural norms. I examine two prevailing and insufficiently considered scholarly biases and I suggest new ways to study documents. I present a single case from Old Babylonian Nippur by way of example of how we can read Mesopotamian law collections and law cases.

Dans cet article, je cherche les moyens de lire les documents juridiques mésopotamiens en les considérant comme des récits, essayant ainsi de comprendre les normes légales, sociales et culturelles de Mésopotamiens. J'examine deux préjugés scientifiques qui ont cours et qui n'ont pas été su samment approfondis et je propose de nouvelles méthodes pour l'étude de ces documents. A titre d'exemple, je présente un seul cas tiré de Nippur de la période paléobabylonienne, pour montrer comment peuvent être lus les collections de lois et les cas juridiques.


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