The Land of Assur and the Yoke of Assur: Studies on Assyria by J. Nicholas Postgate

By J. Nicholas Postgate

This e-book brings jointly a variety of twenty-eight formerly disparate articles through Nicholas Postgate that characterize a few thirty years of engagement with the character of Assyrian society and govt. so much are widely artificial and care for normal concerns; they're a great physique of labor, and this may be a useful assortment for everybody attracted to Assyria.

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85). [55] 426 J~ N. POSTGATE considered an obligation. At least, letters were written to him by private citizens in Babylonia, and in both Babylonia and Assyria there was a recognised procedure, 'speaking the word of the king', for calling the king's attention to one's case. I should like to conclude by quoting from two distinguished authors, in an attempt to place this rather brief summary in the perspective of the wider context to which it belongs. In his Institutions des seleucides (Paris, 1938), E.

N. POSTGATE 52 slave girl, who was sold to a Sutian and is to be recovered; this must also date to about the same period. 5 In the Ninurra-rukulti-Assur nlimurtu archive (ca. ' Once the donor is "the Sutians" (su-ti-u IDeS), but twice we have the phrase DUMU na-gi su-ti-e; usually understood to mean "son of the Sutian region, " although we have doubts on this score. 7 In any case, these three texts show the Sutians in fairly regular contact with the Assyrian court, as friendly vassals or perhaps even subjects of the king.

While it is obvious that on each occasionthe king is appealed to for just treatment, in a sense, the appeal is not in any way a part of the legal system. Appeals within a legal system to the head of state are of course possible; under the Roman empire a citizen might appeal to the emperor either before a trial or at the conclusionofa legal case. 24 However here, even in No. 2, where the appellant appears before the assembly to make his appeal, he is objecting not to anylegal decision, but to the political act by which he was locked up, since prisons were not used for the constraint of criminals, but for the removal of political opponents of the regime.

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