oa Journal for Semitics - Die posisie van die tempel in Mesopotamië

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



The structure or society in ancient Mesopotamia has been debated for decades, especially the relationship between the state and temple. The position and role or the temple within society forms a major issue in this debate. By determining the various activities of the chid temple officials or the Ur III period this problem may be reconsidered, for we maintain that the activities of these officials mirror the role and position of the temple in ancient Mesopotamian society. A local theory or the Mesopotamian temple is proposed, by focusing on the differences in the position and role of the temple between some or the major cities, as well as between cities and temples within the same city.

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