Ancient Archives and Archival Traditions: Concepts of Record-Keeping in the Ancient World

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

EditorMaria Brosius

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Our oldest archival records originate from the Near East. Systems of archival record-keeping developed over several millennia in Mesopotamia before spreading to Egypt, the Mycenean world, and the Persian empire, and continuing through the Hellenistic and Seleucid periods. Yet we know littleabout the way archival practices were established, transmitted, modified, and adapted by other civilizations. This interdisciplinary volume offers a systematic approach to archival documents and to the societies which created them, addressing questions of formal aspects of creating, writing, andstoring ancient documents, and showing how archival systems were copied and adapted across a wide geographical area and an extensive period of time.

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Our oldest archival records originate from the Near East. Systems of archival record-keeping developed over several millennia in Mesopotamia before spreading to Egypt, the Mycenean world, and the Persian empire, and continuing through the Hellenistic and Seleucid periods. Yet we know littleabout the way archival practices were establis...

Maria Brosius is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.02 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Maria Brosius: Ancient Archives and Concepts of Record Keeping: An Introduction2. Alfonso Archi: Archival Record-keeping at Ebla 2400-2350 BC3. Piotr Steinkeller: Archival Practices in Third-millennium Babylonia4. Karel van Lerberghe: Private and Public: The Ur-Utu Archive at Sippar-Amnanum (Tell Ed-Der)5. Klaas R. Veenhof: Archives of Old Assyrian Traders6. Nicholas Postgate: Documents in Government Under the Middle Assyrian Kingdom7. Alexander Uchitel: Local Differences in Arrangements of Ration Lists on Minoan Crete8. Thomas Palaima: 'Archives' and 'Scribes' and Information Hierarchy in Mycenean Greek Linear B Records9. Frederico Mario Fales: Reflections on Neo-Assyrian Archives10. Alan Millard: Aramaic Documents of the Assyrian and Achaemenid Periods11. Heather Baker: Record-keeping Practices as Revealed by teh neo-Babylonian Private Archival Documents12. Maria Brosius: Reconstructing an Archive: Account and Journal Texts from Persepolis13. Joachim Oelsner: Cuneiform Arcgives in Hellenistic Babylonia: Aspects of Contents and Form14. Antonio Invernizzi: They Did Not Write on Clay: Non-Cuneiform Documents and Archives in Seleucid Mesopotamia15. John K. Davies: Greek Archives: From Record to Monument16. Willy Clarysse: Tomoi Synkollesimoi

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`The essays are nicely edited, beautifully printed, and a pleasure to read. There is a useful index.'Classical World