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Les scribes de Nuzi : le cas des scribes de Tulpun-naya : Approche prosopographique et identification des processus de formation au sein des familles de scribes

Abstract : The objective of the current thesis is to reach a better understanding of the scribe occupation and their training processes within the Nuzi documentation through the study of 12 scribes who worked for a woman named Tulpun-naya.By creating a descriptive profile for each of these scribes we develop a more precise understanding of their professional practices using the following criteria:–The professional environment (employers, colleagues) and the circle of people involved when the contract was completed (witnesses, parties, judges).–The degree of mobility: the scribe may have focused his activities within a specific city or move to other places in order to broaden his « client base ». –The level of specialization as regard written production.–The syntactical and linguistic aspects, the grammar traits and the variations in style in the scribe corpus.–The external characteristics of the medium (tablet shape and text layout).–The various practices concerning seals such as sharing and lending and transfer as well as the use of several seals by the scribe during his career.–The scribe social position and his secondary occupations if any.Furthermore, by comparing the above mentioned criteria, the present research aims to bring to light the delivery of scribal instruction, its form and evolution between scribes of a same family through several generations.The 12 scribes who worked for Tulpun-naya wrote for her 37 tablets but they were employed by other persons. In order to conduct a thorough investigation, a much vaster corpus (460 tablets) is consulted corresponding to their whole written production, from which various indicators are collected in order to create an accurate descriptive profile. This systematic approach enable to deal with the difficult problem of homonymy.Once the corpus of each scribe is defined, it is possible to identify the period during which he practiced his profession. In the absence of any date notification, the presence of members of wealthy Nuzian families in the documents written by the scribes allows us to place the texts in a relative chronology. Finally, after this chronology has been correctly established, we are able to highlight the various phases of the scribe career.
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Véronique Pataï. Les scribes de Nuzi : le cas des scribes de Tulpun-naya : Approche prosopographique et identification des processus de formation au sein des familles de scribes. Archéologie et Préhistoire. Université de Lyon, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017LYSE2017⟩. ⟨tel-01665209⟩



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