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Lecture

Small Souls: Family Fortunes in Old Babylonian Nippur

  • Anne Goddeeris (Ghent University)
Date
14 June 2017
Time
Address
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room
004a

As in other Old Babylonian cities, real estate constitutes the major asset of the family estate, but in the religious capital, temple offices offer a means of wealth and prestige. However, the practice of partitive inheritance does not allow to keep a family fortune together over the generations. During my talk, I will illustrate this phenomenon, and how it can be bypassed, on the basis of some family archives.