Excerpt from Sumerian Administrative Documents Dated in the Reigns of the Kings of the Second Dynasty of Ur From the Temple Archives of Nippur Preserved in Philadelphia
The title of the volume may call for an explanation. As can be gathered from the general survey of the contents of these texts, the documents included are legal and commercial as well as purely administrative. While it was desirable to give the volume as short a title as possible and yet to denote the general characteristics of the documents, the term administrative was selected on the suggestion of the Editor-in - Chief, as that term would include the different departments of the temple administration, to which these documents refer.
In regard to the general plan as well as minor details of the volume, I naturally have followed the principles characteristic of the Series, of which it forms a part. In the matter of footnotes, however, I have aimed to place whatever I may have had to say or argue in the text proper, reserving the footnotes merely for references, except, of course, in the Chapters of Translations and Names.
As this is the first volume of texts from the time of the second dynasty of Ur, published in this Series, I have judged it desirable, if not altogether necessary, to include a list of cuneiform signs, characteristic of this volume and the period in question.
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