Fault, Responsibility, and Administrative Law in Late Babylonian Legal Texts -

Fault, Responsibility, and Administrative Law in Late Babylonian Legal Texts

By F. Rachel Magdalene, Bruce Wells, Cornelia Wunsch

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This book presents a reassessment of the governmental systems of the Late Babylonian period-specifically those of the Neo-Babylonian and early Persian empires-and provides evidence demonstrating that these are among the first to have developed an early form of administrative law. The present study revolves around a particular expression that, in its most common form, reads hitu sa sarri isaddad and can be translated as "he will be guilty (of an offense) against the king." The authors analyze ninety-six documents, thirty-two of which have not been previously published, discussing each text in detail, including the syntax of this clause and its legal consequences, which involve the delegation of responsibility in an administrative context. Placing these documents in their historical and institutional contexts, and drawing from the theories of Max Weber and S. N. Eisenstadt, the authors aim to show that the administrative bureaucracy underlying these documents was a more complex, systematized, and rational system than has previously been recognized. Accompanied by extensive indexes, as well as transcriptions and translations of each text analyzed here, this book breaks new ground in the study of ancient legal systems.

Product code: 9781575069906

ISBN 9781575069906
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H254xW178xS59
Series Mesopotamian Civilizations
No. Of Pages 744
Publisher Eisenbrauns
On Sale Date 24/10/2019
Investigates the governmental administrative systems of the Late Babylonian period, drawing on S. N. Eisenstadt's model of historical bureaucratic empires to show that the governmental systems of this period developed an early form of administrative law.