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Royal decision-making: kings, magnates, and scholars

RADNER, K; (2011) Royal decision-making: kings, magnates, and scholars. In: Radner, K and Robson, E, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture. (358 - 379). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

Book description: The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions not just as 'texts' but also as material artefacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users and owners.

Type:Book chapter
Title:Royal decision-making: kings, magnates, and scholars
ISBN:0199557306
ISBN-13:9780199557301
Publisher version:http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199557301.do
Keywords:History, Assyria, king, advisors, government, Ancient Near East
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History

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