Textes Cunéiformes, Tome XXVII: Archives Royales de Mari, Volume VI, Lettres: Kupper, J.-R Textes Cunéiformes, Tome XXVII: Archives Royales de Mari, Volume VI, Lettres: Kupper, J.-R

Textes Cunéiformes, Tome XXVII: Archives Royales de Mari, Volume VI, Lettres

Kupper, J.-R

Published by Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, Paris, 1953
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Folio. [8], 77 loose plates, as issued. Original half cloth over printed paper covered boards portfolio, with string tie. Mari (modern Tell Hariri, Syria) was an ancient Sumerian and Amorite city, located 11 kilometres north-west of the modern town of Abu Kamal on the western bank of Euphrates river, some 120 km southeast of Deir ez-Zor, Syria. It is thought to have been inhabited since the 5th millennium BC, although it flourished with series of superimposed palaces that spans a thousand years, from 2900 BC until 1759 BC, when it was sacked by Hammurabi. Mari was discovered in 1933, on the eastern flank of Syria, near the Iraqi border. A Bedouin tribe was digging through a mound for a gravestone that would be used for a recently deceased tribesman, when they came across a headless statue. After the news reached the French authorities currently in control of Syria, the report was investigated and digging on the site was started on December 14, 1933 by archaeologists from the Louvre in Paris. Discoveries came quickly, with the temple of Ishtar being discovered in the next month. Mari was classified by the archaeologists as the "most westerly outpost of Sumerian culture". Since the beginning of excavations, over 25,000 clay tablets in Akkadian language written in cuneiform were discovered. The Mari Tablets are a large group of tablets discovered by French archaeologists in the 1930s. More than 25,000 tablets in Akkadian were found in the Mari archives, which give information about the kingdom of Mari, its customs, and names of people who lived during that time. More than a third are letters, the others being largely administrative, including economic reports, and juridical texts. The tablets, according to Andre Parrot, "brought about a complete revision of the historical dating of the ancient Near East and provided more than 500 new place names, enough to redraw or even draw up the geographical map of the ancient world". This sixth volume of the ongoing Archives Royales de Mari series reproduces in 77 plates the letters found in Mari. Some age wear on portfolio with spine slightly cocked and covers somewhat bowed. Joints heavily rubbed. Both covers creased. Text in French. Portfolio in overall fair, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 30942

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Title: Textes Cunéiformes, Tome XXVII: Archives ...

Publisher: Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, Paris

Publication Date: 1953

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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