Security for Debt in Ancient Near Eastern Law
Raymond Westbrook, Richard Lewis Jasnow
BRILL, 2001 - Law - 360 pages
Creditors have always sought the protection of the law to secure themselves against loss if the debtor cannot or will not pay the debt. This volume examines the legal instruments of security available to creditors in the earliest known legal systems, their use and abuse, and the ways in which the law sought to satisfy the differing interests of creditors, debtors, and society in general, with varying degrees of success. The book covers all the major legal systems of the ancient Near East, from Sumer to Ptolemaic Egypt, as well as comparative historical developments up to the present day. Twelve scholars have each contributed a study of their special period of expertise, while the general issues that arise from their research are discussed in a concluding chapter.
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EDWARD TOMLINSON Comparative Historical Perspectives
RICHARD JASNOW PreDemotic Pharaonic Sources
PIOTR STEINKELLER The Ur III Period
RAYMOND WESTBROOK The Old Babylonian Period
KLAAS VEENHOF The Old Assyrian Period
KATHLEEN ABRAHAM The Middle Assyrian Period
Carlo Zaccagnini Nuzi
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