A day in the life of an ancient Babylonian business mogul - Soraya Field Fiorio
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There are no books and few sources that examine the lives of naditu priestesses. This is mostly because, like much of ancient Mesopotamia, archaeologists are still in the process of unearthing clues about the past. Most the information we have about the naditu come from records of their business transactions, inscribed on clay cuneiform tablets. Historians are able to piece together details of their lives from these receipts and contracts.
The Assyriologist Rivkah Harris is the foremost authority on naditu. Elizabeth Stone, Elisabeth Meier Tetlow, and Ulla Jeyes are also excellent scholars.
Resources about women in the ancient world:
Gerda Lerner, The Invention of Patriarchy. A wonderful look at the changing status of women in Mesopotamia, spanning three thousand years.
Stephanie Lynn Budin and Jean MacIntosh Turfa, eds., Women in Antiquity: Real Women Across the Ancient World. An ambitious anthology that covers women in all aspects of ancient society, from Mesopotamia and beyond.
Histories of Babylon:
Paul-Alain Beaulieu, A History of Babylon, 2200 BC - AD 75
Gwendolyn Leick, The Babylonian World
Karen Radner, A Short History of Babylon
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