Skip to comments.Sorcery, Sex and the Sheep Census: Reconstructing the socio-economic patterns of Bronze Age Mesop...
Posted on 03/03/2013 8:45:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv
AbstractThe textual corpus of Bronze Age Mesopotamia is unique in its richness; containing works which appear purely administrative, entirely fictional, or anywhere along a vast spectrum between the two extremes. The present discussion evaluates the major textual genres in terms of their possible uses in reconstructing wider socio-economic dynamics across Mesopotamia: this includes both practical aspects of the agricultural and commercial economies, but also points of ideology centred on complementary themes of fatalistic transience, rejuvenation, and the sensuality of mortals. The two are then linked together by an analysis of legal and haruspical texts, which were written for practical purposes but are imbued with underlying ideological meanings. This highlights just how fluid the boundaries between multiple textual genres can be, and how interconnected they are. Studying a world where concepts of legend and fact were defined in terms very different to the present consequently necessitates holistic analysis of a very wide range of texts. While strikingly unlike one another at first, compositions addressing themes seemingly as disparate as sorcery, sex and the sheep census were often all integrated into a single cultural system, giving ample scope for complementary intertextual analysis wherever a sufficiently wide corpus of works has been preserved.
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(Musée du Louvre) Annual balance sheet of a State-owned farm, drawn-up by the scribe responsible for artisans: detailed account of raw materials and workdays for a basketry workshop. Clay, ca. 2040 BC (Ur III). [Wikimedia Commons]
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Thanks Renfield. From a year ago, this one is sure to be a barn-burner of a topic, how on Earth has it gone so long without being posted?!? ;')
Sounds like Nancy Pelosi's home district.
Buttless chaps are unlikely to have survived in the archaeological strata, so, yeah! ;’)
Geez one would expect $20 words in da Collegiate Journal of Anthropology wazzits but a cursory reading seems like what Alexandre Loktionov found out is what US conservatives have been saying all along. Now we kin use dem big words n baffle dem demo-coms.
It's happening in America right now........unless something changes, we are in the final stages........
Now we kin baffle dem demo-coms wit dem big words and it won’t be B/S either. Never the less they’ll still deny our brilliance...
For those whose Greek grammar may be rusty, the protasis is the "if-clause" of a conditional sentence and the apodosis is the conclusion. It's easy to see how sentences of this type would be common in texts dealing with exorcism, medicine, or the law.
There are many sentences like this in the Law of Moses--for example, Exodus 22:16-17:
"And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins."