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The Middle Assyrian Laws, A


Artifact: Clay tablet
Provenience: Assur
Period: Middle Assyrian period (ca. 1400-1000 BC)
Current location: Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin
Text genre, language:; Akkadian
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Description: The "Middle Assyrian Laws" are found on a group of tablets from Assur that are currently labeled MAL A to O. The object under discussion is MAL A, the best preserved tablet, which has a late fragmentary duplicate. The importance of this particular tablet is less its state of preservation, but the fact that it deals predominantly with laws concerning women considering many aspects of violation and crime. (Klaus Wagensonner, University of Oxford)

Lineart: KAV 1

Edition(s): Roth, Martha T. 2000. Law Collections from Mesopotamia and Asia Minor. SBL Writings from the Ancient World (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995), 2nd edition (1997); 2rd rev. edition (2000), 153ff. (transcription and translation)

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