March 5, 2018

Debts, Crime, and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia ca. 1200 BC

Susanne Paulus
Assistant Professor of Assyriology
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Wednesday
March 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute

When history is considered, it is often restricted to the actions of outstanding individuals or entities: gods, kings, and heroes. The struggles of normal people are usually neglected. Using the rich document corpus of clay tablets found in the excavations of the Babylonian cities of Ur and Nippur, this talk allows a glimpse into the daily life of th emiddle and lower class around 1200 BC. Special focus on problems still well-known today include family trouble and indebtedness.

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow