Julien Monerie

Women and Prebends in Seleucid Uruk

Julien Monerie, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; julienmonerie@gmail.com

Our knowledge of the last centuries of history of the age-old Mesopotamian prebendary system derives almost exclusively from the documentation of the ancient city of Uruk, in Southern Babylonia, where more than two hundred cuneiform tablets concerning the prebendary system of the local city temples have been unearthed by archaeologists and illegal excavators since the mid-19thcentury. These documents are, for the most part, legal contracts dated to the Seleucid period (305‒141 BC) recording sales of prebend shares entitling their owners to perform a cultic activity for a certain time in exchange for regular revenues, which usually ...

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