Women of Assur and Kanesh: Texts from the Archives of Assyrian Merchants

Cécile Michel


Series: Writings from the Ancient WorldVolume: 42
Publisher: SBL PressPublication Date: 2020 ISBN: 14


In this collection Cécile Michel transliterates, translates into English, and provides commentary for more that 300 texts found at Kültepe in Central Anatolia. These letters and legal documents reveal the ancient world of the wives and daughters of merchants and to their activities in nineteenth century BCE Assur and Kanes.

Cécile Michel is Senior Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France) and Professor at Hamburg University (Germany). She is a member of the international group of scholars in charge of the decipherment of the 23,000 tablets found at Kültepe (ancient Kaneš) and of the Kültepe archaeological team. She is the coeditor of and contributor to The Role of Women in Work and Society in the Ancient Near East (2016), Textile Terminologies from the Orient to the Mediterranean and Europe, 1000 BC to 1000 AD (2017), and Mathematics, Administrative and Economic Activities in Ancient Worlds (2020).