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Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie

Ed. by Sallaberger, Walther

Together with Cavigneaux, Antoine / Frame, Grant / Otto, Adelheid / van den Hout, Theo P.J.

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Volume 108, Issue 2


Care for the Elderly in Ur III Times: Some New Insights

Piotr Steinkeller
Published Online: 2018-12-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/za-2018-0009


This communication studies the Ur III worker-designations ab(-ba)-il2, ama-il2, and (nu-mu-)su-il2, which appear in the economic sources from Umma and Girsu/Lagaš. Expending on the earlier treatments by C. Wilcke and W. Sallaberger, it is argued that these classifications designate workers who were temporarily freed from the performance of corvée duty, in order to be able to care for their elderly (and probably ailing) mothers and fathers. The existence of such regulations has important implications for the status of the Ur III labor.

Citations of Ur III economic sources follow the system used by BDTNS = Database of Neo-Sumerian Texts, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid, Spain [bdtns.filol.csic.es].

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Published Online: 2018-12-01

Published in Print: 2018-11-27

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, Volume 108, Issue 2, Pages 136–142, ISSN (Online) 1613-1150, ISSN (Print) 0084-5299, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/za-2018-0009.

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