This volume investigates the relationship between the central government and the provinces during the Ur III period (2112-2004 B.C.). Specifically, the book focuses on one system of taxation known as "bala," or "rotation," so called as provinces' payments rotated month by month throughout the year. This work is the first to take an interarchival approach, discussing Sumerian tablets from Umma, Lagash and Puzriš-Dagan, and is the first major synthesis of what has long been recognized as a fundamental institution. The book contains six chapters and detailed appendices (including charts, the edition of approximately 150 previously unpublished tablets and bibliographical material).
Tonia M. Sharlach, Ph.D. (1999) in Assyriology, Harvard University works currently as a researcher at the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.
Chapter One, Introduction Chapter Two, The Bala of the Province of Umma. Chapter Three, The Bala of the Province of Lagash Chapter Four, The Bala of the Province of Umma, Part II (Livestock) Chapter Five, The Bala of the Province of Lagash, Part II (Livestock) Chapter Six, Overview and Conclusions Bibliography List of Sources of Published Texts Tablets from Yale Tablets from the British Museum Tablets from the Harvard Semitic Museum Tablet in a private collection Concordance of Tablet Numbers List of Abbreviations Index of Charts Charts 2.1–2.31 Charts 3.1–3.19 Charts 4.1–4.12 Charts 5.1–5.9 Chart 6.1 Photo, BM 106178 (Gomi-Sato 536) Index