“Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia” by Dominique Charpin


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CharpinDominique Charpin. Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. PIPOAC 2. Belgium: Peeters-Leuven, 2015, pp. 223, $56 (Amazon)

In Gods, Kings, and Merchants in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia, Dominique Charpin (Professor at Collège de France, Paris) examines the manners in which the religious, political, and economic spheres maintained fluid boundaries, often time intersecting. Within the work, he continue ideas began in his book Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia (Chicago/London, 2010) and offers valuable analysis of various topic pertinent to understanding ancient Mesopotamia, snapshots of ancient society through administrative documents, and is careful to note various places which need further in-depth studies. Drawing on studies from 1996 to 2015, he provides an excellent overview and up-to-date understanding of elements from the Amorite (or Old Babylonian) period (first half of the second millennium BCE). Much of his work is supported by the ARCHIBAB project, which is a…

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