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State Correspondence in the Ancient WorldFrom New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire$
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Karen Radner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199354771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.001.0001

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The Lost State Correspondence of the Babylonian Empire as Reflected in Contemporary Administrative Letters

The Lost State Correspondence of the Babylonian Empire as Reflected in Contemporary Administrative Letters

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(p.94) Chapter 4 The Lost State Correspondence of the Babylonian Empire as Reflected in Contemporary Administrative Letters
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State Correspondence in the Ancient World
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Michael Jursa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.003.0005

The Neo-Babylonian Empire dominated a large part of the Middle East from 612 BC, after the final defeat of its Assyrian rival, until 539 BC, when it fell at the hands of the Persians under Cyrus the Great. This chapter attempts to approximate how the Babylonian kings conducted their state correspondence, which has not been recovered so far. Royal communication strategies can be reconstructed on the basis of information found in the numerous letters of the temple correspondence of two major sanctuaries, at Sippar and Uruk.

Keywords:   Relay postal service, State cohesion, State communication, Long-distance communication, Messenger, Envoy, Cuneiform tablet, Aramaic, Babylonian Empire, Mesopotamia

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