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From the 21st Century B.C. to the 21st Century A.D.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Neo-Sumerian Studies Held in Madrid, 22-24 July 2010

Edited by Steven J. Garfinkle and Manuel Molina

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From the 21st Century B.C. to the 21st Century A.D.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Neo-Sumerian Studies Held in Madrid, 22-24 July 2010

Edited by Steven J. Garfinkle and Manuel Molina

This volume collects the proceedings of a three-day conference held in Madrid in July 2010, and it highlights the vitality of the study of late-third-millennium B.C. Mesopotamia. Workshops devoted to the Ur III period have been a feature of the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale roughly every other year, beginning in London in 2003. In 2009, Steve Garfinkle and Manuel Molina asked the community of Neo-Sumerian scholars to convene the following year in Madrid before the Rencontre in Barcelona. The meeting had more than 50 participants and included 8 topical sessions and 27 papers. The 21 contributions included in this volume cover a broad range of topics: new texts, new interpretations, and new understandings of the language, culture, and history of the Ur III period (2112–2004 B.C.).

 

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This volume collects the proceedings of a three-day conference held in Madrid in July 2010, and it highlights the vitality of the study of late-third-millennium B.C. Mesopotamia. Workshops devoted to the Ur III period have been a feature of the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale roughly every other year, beginning in London in 2003. In 2009, Steve Garfinkle and Manuel Molina asked the community of Neo-Sumerian scholars to convene the following year in Madrid before the Rencontre in Barcelona. The meeting had more than 50 participants and included 8 topical sessions and 27 papers. The 21 contributions included in this volume cover a broad range of topics: new texts, new interpretations, and new understandings of the language, culture, and history of the Ur III period (2112–2004 B.C.).

The present and future of Neo-Sumerian studies are important not only for the field of Assyriology but also for wider inquiries into the ancient world. The extant archives offer insight into some of the earliest cities and one of the earliest kingdoms in the historical record. The era of the Third Dynasty of Ur is also probably the best-attested century in antiquity. This imposes a responsibility on the small community of scholars who work on the Neo-Sumerian materials to make this it accessible to a broad, interdisciplinary audience in the humanities and related fields. This volume is a solid step in this direction.

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Foreword

Part 1: Language and Sources

Ur III as a Linguistic Watershed MIGUEL CIVIL

Sumerian Adjectival Passives in *im-. The Old Babylonian Evidence and Some Possible Third Millennium Precursors J. CALE JOHNSON

Hypotactic and Paratactic Complementation in Sumerian ditilla Texts FUMI KARAHASHI

On the Location of Iri-Sagrig MANUEL MOLINA

The Archive of Iri-Sagrig / Al-Šarraki DAVID I. OWEN

Part 2: Administration and Ideology

Some Considerations on the Management of an Administrative Structure in Ur III Mesopotamia: the Case of mar-sa SERGIO ALIVERNINI

The Tenure of Provincial Governors: Some Observations LANCE ALLRED

Symbols and Bureaucratic Performances in the Ur III Administrative Sphere. An Interpretation Through Data Mining ALESSANDRO DI LUDOVICO

The Third Dynasty of Ur and the Limits of State Power STEVEN GARFINKLE

Networks of Authority and Power in Ur III Times PIOTR MICHALOWSKI

Prince Etel-pu-Dagan, Son of Šulgi PALMIRO NOTIZIA

The Ur III Administration: Workers, Messengers, and Sons FRANCO POMPONIO

Šulgi Meets Stalin: Comparative Propaganda as a Tool of Mining the Šulgi Hymns for Historical Data LUDEK VACÍN

Part 3: Economy and Society

The control on Copper and Bronze Manufacts in Umma During the Ur III Period FRANCO D’AGOSTINO AND FRANCESCA GORELLO

Le Système Après-Récolte dans l’Hydro-Agriculture Mésopotamienne à la Fin du IIIe Millénaire avant notre Ère JEAN-PIERRE GRÉGOIRE

The Barbers of Iri-Sagrig ALEXANDRA KLEINERMAN

Absence from Work in Ur III Umma: Reasons and Terminology NATALIA KOSLOVA

The Manufacture of a Statue of Nanaja: Mesopotamian Jewellery-Making Techniques at the End of the Third Millennium B.C. PAOLA PAOLETTI

Corvée Labor in Ur III Times PIOTR STEINKELLER

Ikalla, Scribe of (Wool) Textiles and Linen LORENZO VERDERAME AND GABRIELLA SPADA

The Regular Offerings of Lambs and Kids for Deities and the é-uz-ga at Puzriš-Dagan During the Reign of Šulgi: A Study of the mu-túm and zi-ga/ba-zi Texts from the Animal Center YUHONG WU

Indices

Subject Index

Personal Names

Divine Names

Toponyms

Sumerian Words

Texts Quoted

Program of the Conference

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