Archive for September, 2015

Notes on the Economy of the Isin-Larsa – Old Babylonian Period

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Tendencies in the changing economy which had been noted in the Neo-Sumerian period strengthened in the Isin-Larsa and Old Babylonian periods. Much of the information for this period comes from the very large number of ‘Old Babylonian Contracts’ that have been recovered. This is particularly the case for the private ...

The Battle of Maldon

Friday, September 25th, 2015

This is not presented as a polished translation, just as a helper for my reading of the text. It’s just another of my Anglo-Saxon homework texts. As before, note that the OE text is presented as in Mitchell & Robinson (2012) A Guide to Old English (8th edn) Wiley-Blackwell:UK pp. ...

The Wanderer

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

This is not presented as a polished translation, just as a helper for my reading of the text. This is another of the texts that we prepare as 'homework' for an Anglo-Saxon group that is being run by Bill Krebs on Thursday afternoons. This poem is from the Exeter Book (Exeter ...

Notes on the Nature of Authority in the Isin-Larsa Period

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

The influx of Semitic elements, of which the Amorites were the latest, led to alterations in the political forms of Sumer. Tribal Authority Whereas there is no trace of residual tribal structure in Sumero-Akkadian society of the third millennium BC, the Amorites, as relative newcomers to the Land and arriving in such ...

Institutions

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

A class of ensembles can be defined for which the EX includes the acceptance of a norm formation. Amongst the subclasses of this we shall seek to define a class of ‘institutions’ that is suitable to play the theoretical role assigned to institutions in HLSTs (but without assuming that those ...

The Ruin

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

From the Exeter Book (Exeter Cathedral Library MS 3501). The OE text is presented as in Mitchell & Robinson (2012) A Guide to Old English (8th edn) Wiley-Blackwell:UK pp. 261-3. They note several emendations of the OE text, but only the reconstruction of line 12 is really significant. As usual ...

Ensembles

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Research indicates that certain kinds of collections of agents below the level of species are sociologically significant. ‘Class’, ‘group’, and ‘organization’, for example, are all terms used to name such collections – each of them with a slightly different intention and occupying a slightly different role in some sociological theory. ...

Notes on the Demography of the Land in the Isin-Larsa Period

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

  The principal cause of the ‘End of Sumer’ was the influx of new people. It has already been noted that there had always been, so far as we can tell, a mixture of populations in the Land. Besides the ethnic Sumerians (the original speakers of Sumerian) themselves, there is strong ...