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Cuneiform, legal texts in
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A. General Points

Legal texts in cuneiform (LTC) are named after the  cuneiform script which had emerged towards the end of the 4th millennium BC in Mesopotamia, spread through the entire Near East, and was used to record the legally relevant proceedings in this area. Similar to Latin writing, cuneiform script in itself does not give any indications about the cultural or legal background of a written document. The use of the …

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Hengstl, Joachim (Marburg/Lahn), “Cuneiform, legal texts in”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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