Corpus of Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art III
Private Archive Texts from the First Millennium B.C.
540 p., 220 x 285 mm, 2001
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This series of scholarly publications
focuses on the collection of cuneiform tablets and inscriptions in the
Metropolitan Museum's Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art. These
objects were acquired largely during the 1880s, when the Metropolitan
became the first American museum to collect a substantial number of
cuneiform texts. Today the Museum's holdings total about six
hundred texts and fragments. The four volumes in this series will make
these texts available in a manner that will instruct and inform as wide
an audience as possible. Cuneiform Texts in The Metropolitan Museum of
Art, Volume 3 : Private Archive Texts from the First Millennium B.C.,
co-authored by Ira Spar and Eva von Dassow with contributions by J.N.
Postgate and Linda B. Bregstein, admits us to the private worlds of
several of the leading financial families of Babylon during the Neo-
and Late Babylonian periods of Mesopotamian history and illuminates the
management and investment practices of family-run Babylonian
enterprises. Four Assyrian tablets included here illustrate business
practices during Neo-Assyrian times as well. The 164 texts and
fragments that comprise the Museum's holdings from private family
archives written during the first millennium B.C. are presented in a
format that includes copies, transliterations, translations and
commentary together with drawings, photographs, and commentary on stamp
seal, cylinder seal and ring impressions.
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