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Date & Time

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
7:00 PM

Location

Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall

Admission

Free

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Oriental Institute Lecture Series

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

When history is concerned, it is often restricted to the dealings 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 will allow a glimpse into the daily life of the middle and lower class around 1200 BC. Special focus will be given to problems still well-known today: family trouble and indebtedness.