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Amanda H. Podany
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Pomona, CA 91768-2557)
Ancient Syrian Kings and their Subjects, 1600-1200 BCE

A key to understanding the nature of government and society in Syria during the era from 1600 to 1200 BCE lies in a number of cuneiform tablets, from many different archaeological sites, which have not previously been studied as a group. These are the focus of this book project. The documents are for the most part legal contracts bearing the impression of a king's seal, often accompanied by the observation that the contract was drawn up "in the presence of" the king. I propose to examine these contracts as a corpus, using historical, philological, and "diplomatic" approaches. Although they were drawn up in different places and at different times, a shared culture and institution underlies them, one that will be elucidated by their examination as a group. Syria's role in the history of this era is increasingly proving to be a pivotal one, as it was the prime force in the creation of the international community of the Late Bronze Age and one of the Great Powers of that era.

Project fields:
Ancient History

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Research Programs

$33,600 (approved)
$33,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 8/31/2013