The Case of the Elusive Debtors: CT 4 6a and CT 6 34b

Raymond Westbrook 1 , 1
  • 1 Johns Hopkins University.


A dossier of two Old Babylonian litigation records is explained as a creditor's attempts to claim penal damages arising from breach of a contract to supply goods and his two debtors' manœuvres to avoid immediate payment. The interpretation also reaffirms the interpretation of the disputed term mitḫārum as an additional equal amount.

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The journal publishes papers and reviews from the field of Ancient Eastern Philology, and religious, legal, economic and social history, together with Middle Eastern archaeology and art history. The main geographical areas covered are Mesopotamia, Northern Syria, Anatolia, Ancient Armenia and Elam.