Cross-Regional Mobility in ca. 700 BCE: The Case of Ass. 8642a/IstM A 1924

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The Neo-Assyrian administrative and juridical documents feature a striking characteristic: while persons identified as “Egyptians” seem to have been viewed as integral part of society, the scarcity of preserved biographic information defies a micro-historical approach in each case. Nevertheless, the corpus of sources explicitly mentioning “Egyptians” is exceedingly suited for opening up research questions on the perception of ”foreigners,” the practicalities of cross-regional mobility, and the academic challenges to research these issues. This will be exemplified by a critical review of a specific case study, which provides an exceptionally high density of indications for cross-regional mobility.

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Wasmuth, M., (2017) “Cross-Regional Mobility in ca. 700 BCE: The Case of Ass. 8642a/IstM A 1924”, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 12(1), p.89-112.

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Melanie Wasmuth (University of Basel & Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam)

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