Legal texts recording the purchase or exchange of entire settlements are among the most important cuneiform tablets discovered at Old Babylonian/Middle Bronze Age (Level VII) Alalah.
Following the Man of Yamhad is the first book-length study of these legal texts and the socio-economic practice that they document. The author explores the nature of the alienated settlements, the rights enjoyed by their owners, the underlying system of land tenure, and the larger political context in which the transactions occurred. The study is supported by extensive collations and up-to-date editions of relevant legal and administrative texts. Its conclusions will be of interest to anyone working on the history, society, and economy of the Bronze Age Near East.
Jacob Lauinger, Ph.D. (2007), University of Chicago, is an Assistant Professor in Assyriology at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the epigrapher for the Koç University Expedition to Alalah/Tell Atchana and the Tayinat Archaeological Project’s excavations at Tell Tayinat
Table of contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Tablets and Archives
Chapter 3: Four Case Studies
Chapter 4: L’affaire d’Alahtum
Chapter 5: Conditions of Tenure
Chapter 6: Yarim-Lim’s Domain
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Appendix 1: The Chronology of Level VII Alalah
Appendix 2: Data Sets
Appendix 3: Editions of Translated Level VII Texts
Index of Texts
Index of Words
Index of Proper Nouns
Assyriologists, archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, and anyone else interested in the societies and economies of the Bronze Age Near East as well as academic libraries.