Entrepreneurs and empire: The Murasu Archive, the Murasu by Matthew W Stolper

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E. C. (Oxford, 1923), collecting the previous publications; E. G. from the Jewish Colony at Elephantine (New Haven, 1953). Hermopolis: E. Bresciani and M. , Le lettere aramaiche di Hermopoli, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Classe di scienze morale, storiche, critiche, e filologiche, Memorie, Ser. 8, Vol. 12, fasc. 5 (1966). Annotated translations appear in P. Grelot, Docwnents arameens d'Egypt, Litteratures anciennes du Proche-Orient (Paris, 1972) and B. Porten, Jews of Elephantine and Arameans of Syene, Aramaic Texts with Translation (Jerusalem, 1976).

But once more contextual support is lacking. Individuals entitled sipiru sa uqu figure in Murasii texts only as occupants of bow lands. Their professional activity may very well have included clerical control of tenure, service, and/or taxes, but that activity is not directly documented. 32 PROSPECT those conditions. The results form a case study in local history. In some regards, the case may not be typical of general conditions in Babylonia. Yet the case is remarkable for the detail with which it reveals modes of imperial organization, results of commercial exploitation under imperial patronage, and ties between imperial politics and provincial society.

Rosenthal, 2nd ed. abridged and rev. D. dissertation, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 1974); see also Whitehead, "Some Distinctive Features of the Language of the Arsames Correspondence", JNES 31 (1978), 119-140, and Jonas C. Greenfield, "Aramaic Studies and the Bible", VT Supplement 32 (1981), 126f. COMPLEMENTARY SOURCES 17 Royal Inscriptions The inscriptions of the Achaemenid kings were the starting point for the decipherment of the cuneiform scripts.

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