oa Journal for Semitics - The relevance of administrative documents for writing ancient Mesopotamian history

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



The royal inscriptions are mostly used as the only real historical data in the writing of Mesopotamian history, but there are also other documents which can justifiably be used for interpreting historical facts, such as omen texts, royal hymns, letters, seals as well as administrative documents. It is the aim of this article to show the relevance of administrative documents in writing the history of ancient Mesopotamia. The problem will be discussed by using administrative data from the Ur III period, because the abundance of material from this period makes it suitable for a study of this nature.

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