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At the Dawn of History

Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J. N. Postgate

Edited by Yağmur Heffron, Adam Stone, and Martin Worthington

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At the Dawn of History

Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J. N. Postgate

Edited by Yağmur Heffron, Adam Stone, and Martin Worthington

Nearly 50 students, colleagues, and friends of Nicholas Postgate join in tribute to an Assyriologist and Archaeologist who has had a profound influence on both disciplines. His work and scholarship are strongly felt in Iraq, where he was the Director of the British School of Archaeology, in the United Kingdom, where he is Emeritus Professor of Assyriology in the University of Cambridge, and in the subject internationally. He has fostered close collaboration with colleagues in Turkey and Iraq, where he has been involved in archaeological investigation, always seeking to meld the study of texts with that of material remains.

 

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Nearly 50 students, colleagues, and friends of Nicholas Postgate join in tribute to an Assyriologist and Archaeologist who has had a profound influence on both disciplines. His work and scholarship are strongly felt in Iraq, where he was the Director of the British School of Archaeology, in the United Kingdom, where he is Emeritus Professor of Assyriology in the University of Cambridge, and in the subject internationally. He has fostered close collaboration with colleagues in Turkey and Iraq, where he has been involved in archaeological investigation, always seeking to meld the study of texts with that of material remains.

The essays embrace the full range of Postgate’s interests, including government and administration, art history, population studies, the economy, religion and divination, foodstuffs, ceramics, and Akkadian and Sumerian language—in a word, all of ancient Mesopotamian civilisation.

Volume 1

Editors' Preface

Nicholas Postgate's Publications

A Fragment of a Stele from Umma Lamia Al-Gailani Werr

In the Shade of the Assyrian Orchards Marie-Françoise Besnier

The Šu-Suen Year 9 sa<sub>2</sub>-du<sub>11</sub> ku<sub>5</sub>-ra<sub>2</sub> Flour Dossier from Puzriš-Dagan Robert Biggs

To Eat Like a God: Religion and Economy in Old Babylonian Nippur Nicole Brisch

Remarks on the Earliest History of Horoscopy David Brown

A Ceramic Assemblage of the Early Literate Periods from Sumer Daniel Calderbank and Jane Moon

Stolen, Not Given? María Dolores Casero Chamorro

Are We Any Closer to Establishing How Many Sumerians per Hectare? Recent Approaches to Understanding the Spatial Dynamics of Populations in Ancient Mesopotamian Cities Carlo Colantoni

New Perspectives on 'Early Mesopotamia' Harriet Crawford

Of Arches, Vaults and Domes Stephanie Dalley

Ethnicity in the Assyrian Empire: A View from the Nisbe, (III) "Arameans" and Related Tribalists Frederick Mario Fales

Instruktionen Tukultī-Ninurtas I Helmut Freydank

Gods, Temples, and Cult at the Service of the Early Hittite State Marie-Henriette Gates

The Ending of the Çineköy Inscription David Hawkins

A New Palatial Ware or a Case of Imitation of Egyptian Pottery? The Brownish Red Slip (BRS) from Qatna and Its Significance within the Northern Levantine Ceramic Tradition of the Mid-Second Millennium BC Marco Iamoni

Building on the Past: Gertrude Bell and the Transformation of Space in the Karadağ Mark Jackson

Studies in the Lexicon of Neo-Aramaic Geoffrey Khan

The Temple of Salmānu at Dūr-Katlimmu, Nergal of Hubšalum, and Nergal-ereš Hartmut Kühne

Between Slavery and Freedom Mogens Trolle Larsen

The King and His Army Mario Liverani

Two Middle Assyrian Delivery Notes from the British Museum's Tablet Collection Jeanette C. Fincke and Jaume Llop-Raduà

The Governors of Halzi-atbari in the Neo-Assyrian Period Mikko Luukko

Never The Same River Twice: The Göksu Valley Through the Ages Naoíse Mac Sweeney and Tevfik Emre Şerifoğlu

Piecing the Jigsaw Harriet Martin

A Palace for the King of Ereš? Evidence from the Early Dynastic City of Abu Salabikh, South Iraq Roger Matthews And Wendy Matthews

How Many Sumerians Does It Take to Put Out the Rubbish? Augusta McMahon

Volume 2

The Location of Raṣ;appa Simo Parpola

Making Fire in Uruk-Period Abu Salabikh Susan Pollock

A Neo-Assyrian Legal Document from Tell Sitak Karen Radner

The Assyrian Palace at Nabi Yunus, Nineveh Julian Reade

The Socio-Economics of Cuneiform Scholarship after the 'End of Archives': Views from Borsippa and Uruk Eleanor Robson

Eine Königskette im Heiligtum der Ištar von Assur Ursula Seidl

On the Tablet Trail: Herdsmen's Employment for Royal Wives in the Ur III Period T. M. Sharlach

An Expedition of King Shalmaneser I and Prince Tukultī-Ninurta to Carchemish Daisuke Shibata

The Role of Stimulants in Early Near Eastern Society: Insights through Artifacts and Texts Diana Stein

An Estimate of the Population of the City of Umma in Ur III Times Piotr Steinkeller

How Many Mesopotamians per Hectare? Elizabeth C. Stone

The Terminology for Times of the Day in Akkadian Michael P. Streck

'Counter-Archaeology': Putting the Ur III Drehem Archives Back in the Ground Christina Tsouparopoulou

Meaning in Perspective: Some Akkadian Terms for 'Foundation'— -usÌŒsÌŒu,temennu,isÌŒdu,durusÌŒsÌŒu- Johanna Tudeau

Nergal-eṭ;ir's Correspondence in the Light of BM 30205, and a Preliminary Edition of BM 36543, another Fragmentary Neo-Assyrian Letter in the Babylon Collection of the British Museum Greta Van Buylaere

Seven Debt-Notes of Anatolians from Ancient Kanesh Klaas R. Veenhof

Oracle Bones at the Sichuan University Museum Xianhua Wang and Changhong Chen

Association of the Dog with Healing Power in Mesopotamia Chikako E. Watanabe

Ugaritic Military Terms in the Light of Comparative Linguistics Wilfred G. E. Watson

Tabal and the Limits of Assyrian Imperialism Mark Weeden

Ein dritter Backstein mit der großen Inschrift des Königs Takil-ilissu von Malgûm und der Tonnagel des Ipiq-Ištar Claus Wilcke

Assur among the Gods of Urartu Paul ZimanskySome Bronze Stamp Seals of Achaemenid Date Dominique Collon and John Curtis

Assyrians after the Fall: Evidence from the Ebabbar of Sippar John MacGinnis

Prayer and Praise in the City of Assur Frances Reynolds

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