The Role of this Forum, and Cross-Cultural Marriage
- Given recent postings, and the feelings that have been presented by
various members with regards to the purpose of this group, I would
like to propose a move towards a more forum like set-up. Whist I do
not want to discourage those wishing to learn from asking for
references, I would like to see some of the members engaging in a real
dialogue covering serious issues in Near Eastern Archaeology/Assyriology.
As such, I would like to hark back to a topic that was broached back
in February (cross-cultural marriage), whilst it was answered to
varying degrees, I feel that there is still more to say on this topic,
and that to a certain degree the role and importance of cross-cultural
marriage at the lower levels of society was overlooked. Whilst a
number of responses dealt with cross-cultural marriage at the top
level, which could be seen as leading by example and promoting such
unions, to a large degree this would have a limited impact upon the
people within the society.
The real key to understanding societies at large is understanding the
people at the bottom of the societal pyramid, and to this end there
are a number of texts, and some papers relating to inter-marriage, see
Abraham, K., 2004. Mixed Marriage: Cuneiform Marriage Contracts from
the 5th Century BCE with Hebrew Names. Lecture at UCL 17/5/04.
Thus I would like to open up the floor to a discussion of the role and
impact of cross-cultural at the lower levels of society in the ANE.