A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law - Vol. 1

A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law - Vol. 1

A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law - Vol. 1

A History of Ancient Near Eastern Law - Vol. 1

Synopsis

The first comprehensive survey of the world's oldest known legal systems, this collaborative work of twenty-two scholars covers over 3,000 years of legal history of the Ancient Near East. Each of the book's chapters represents a review of the law of a particular period and region, e.g. the Egyptian Old Kingdom, by a specialist in that area. Within each chapter, the material is organized under standardized legal categories (e.g. constitutional law, family law) that make for easy cross-referencing. The chapters are arranged chronologically by millennium and within each millennium by the three major politico-cultural spheres of the region: Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia and the Levant. An introduction by the editor discusses the general character of Ancient Near Eastern Law.

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For their generous sponsorship of this History, it is my pleasant duty to thank Mr. Melvyn Sykes, attorney at law, the law firm of Cadwallader, Wickersham, and Taft, and the offce of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences of the Johns Hopkins University. I would also like to thank all those involved in the production of the volume. Their expertise, diligence, and patience were instrumental in bringing this large and complex project to fruition. The manuscript was copy-edited by Wendy Jacobs and the electronic version prepared by Dr. Bruce Wells. The legal index was compiled by Enid Zafran and the indexes of ancient sources and terms by Lance Allred, Athena Gadotti, Elaine Sullivan, and Il-sung Andrew Yun.

Raymond Westbrook Editor Baltimore, June, 2003 . . .

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