On Reading the Diplomatic Letters in the Mari Archives

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dc.contributor.author Sasson, Jack M.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-19T15:41:12Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-19T15:41:12Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Sasson, Jack M. "On Reading the Diplomatic Letters in the Mari Archives." Amurru 2 (Mari, Ébla et les Hourrites, dix ans de travaux. Deuxième partie. Actes du colloque International, Paris, mai 1993). Paris: Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations, 2001. 329-38. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4005
dc.description.abstract "...one of my main points today is that when we read a document with political information we cannot afford to «let it speak for itself,» but must prod it to betray the motivation behind its writing. We should keep in mind that the transfer of information during the Mari age was so rampant that these peripatetic Amorites could be rated among the most garrulous people of antiquity. Kings, their commanders, their entourage, their kith and kin, their vassals, their allies and their enemies travelled near, far and surprisingly often. Since their security, welfare, and authority depended on their kings, officials were determined not to be forgotten, whether they themselves or their kings were on the road. They therefore delivered to their rulers the tidbits and gossips they picked up, thus demonstrating their loyalty and usefulness." en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mari (Extinct city) -- History -- Sources en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Assyro-Babylonian letters en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Akkadian language -- Texts en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cuneiform tablets -- Syria -- Mari (Extinct city) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Middle East -- Kings and rulers -- Correspondence en_US
dc.title On Reading the Diplomatic Letters in the Mari Archives en_US
dc.description.school Divinity School en_US

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