Dropsie College Theses

Date of Award

Winter 2-18-1953

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Cyrus H. Gordon

Second Advisor

Solomon L. Skoss

Third Advisor

Joseph Reider


Ninety tablets of the Free Library of Philadelphia Collection are presented in this volume. All are of the Neo-Babylonian period, and their provenance is Erech and its environs. A few are dated at Babylon, Borsippa, and Sippar.

Most of the documents are legal or commercial in character, including promissory notes, receipts for money and agricultural products, records of the sale of slaves, etc. The standard measure is that of the Belit of Erech who also is the owner of the property in a number of the tablets. This illustrates the way in which the temple was the hub of legal and business transactions.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Thesis. PJ3874 .P545 1953.

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