Private and State in the Ancient Near East

Proceedings of the 58th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Leiden, 1620 July 2012

Edited by R. De Boer, J. G. Dercksen

Hardback - £78.95

Publication date:

15 September 2017

Length of book:

320 pages



ISBN-13: 9781575067841

In the 5 days from July 16 through July 20, 2012, more than three hundred Assyriologists from all over the world gathered in Leiden, the Netherlands, to read more than 130 papers and to contribute to a variety of workshops. Many of the papers were read in the context of several thematic workshops, some of which were related to the main theme of the conference. This volume publishes 21 of the revised essays on the main topic of the Rencontre—Private and State in the Ancient Near East. As is usually the case, the academic sessions were accompanied by many opportunities for social interaction among the participants, and there was time to enjoy the historical and cultural benefits of Leiden.

The book is divided into two sections. In the first section are three “Opening Lectures,” by Hans Neumann on Mesopotamian society at the turn of the 3rd millennium B.C.; by Adelheid Otto on archaeological perspectives on private and state in the second millennium B.C.; and by Michael Jursa on the state and its subjects during Neo-Babylonian times. In the second section, 18 essays on various aspects of the relationship of private life and activity to the state and government in various periods are presented.