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Weaving the social fabric: women and commercial networks in ancient Mesopotamia

Grant number: 20/07395-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2021
Effective date (End): June 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - Ancient and Medieval History
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Aparecido Rede
Grantee:Anita Fattori
Supervisor: Cecile Elizabeth Marie Michel
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Archéologies et Sciences de l'Antiquité (ArScAn), France  
Associated to the scholarship:19/12945-6 - Women and commercial networks in the Assyria of the 20th and 19th centuries BCE, BP.DR


During the Old Assyrian period, more precisely at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, the Assyrians performed a prominent role in long-distance trade. Assyrians merchants, organized into family businesses to trade cloth and tin in exchange for gold and silver, lefted Aaaur for their main destination Kanea, in Anatolia, where they settled for lengthy periods. In this project, I will undertake a detailed case study on the social agency of Assyrian women in this commercial network, beginning with 70 letters intended for or sent by these women. The aim of this study is to conduct a thoroughly historical research based on the analysis of the discursive context of the Old Assyrian period. In doing so, I will draw together the various threads of this social fabric, developing the concept of gender regimes in order to explore the social aspects of these women. (AU)

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