year: 1996
isbn: 9789062580798
pages: VIII-326 p.
price: 32 euro
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Houses and Households in Ancient Mesopotamia
Papers Read at the 40th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Leiden, July 5-8, 1993

The concept "house" is of prime importance for Assyriological research, being both the "house" as a physical entity and the household as a basic socio-economic unit. In a number of articles archaeologists discuss and present houses found in Near Eastern excavations, spatial organization of settlements and the ethnological background of living in the ancient Near East. The articles by philologists are devoted to the study of administrative texts from Near Eastern households, building techniques, domestic religion and other topics revealed by ancient Mesopotamian texts.