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La comptabilité dans les cuisines d’un roi mésopotamien

Abstract : In ancient Mesopotamia, the accounting of the foodstuff consumed inside a palace was done in writing. In the Mari palace (Tell Hariri, 18th century BC), hundreds of cuneiform texts of this kindhave been archived. These documents give the amounts of cereals and dry food consumed during the stays of the king in his capital city. The documents are dated, but their contents is rather repetitive. Even though these texts give insight into the quantities of food used day by day by thepalace kitchens, they give no clear picture regarding the eating habits in this period and region,and thus few scholars were interested in this kind of documentation. These texts are anonymous.Thanks to the paleographic analysis, it is now possible to identify the authors of this administrative documentation. Three female scribes quoted among the kitchen personnel wrote these numerous texts.
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Nele Ziegler. La comptabilité dans les cuisines d’un roi mésopotamien. Comptabilité(S) : Revue d'histoire des comptabilités, Institut de recherches historiques du septentrion UMR 8529, 2016, 8. ⟨halshs-03020629⟩



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