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From Prosopography to Politics: the late Old Babylonian case

  • Seth Richardson
4 May 2017
Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The analysis of archives has been the cornerstone of economic, political, and social studies of ancient Babylonia for the past fifty years.  But what do you do when archives don't tell you enough?  This discussion of an allied prosopographic approach to documentary evidence illustrates what is possible when we shift the focus away from the few figures who dominate the record and onto --- well, everyone.  The results of this project gives us a sociological picture of official classes in fin de si├Ęcle Babylon I, and what that tells us about the collapse of the dynasty across the 17th c. BC.