By Elna K. Solvang
Archaeological discoveries have more and more dropped at mild facts of women's involvement within the royal homes of the traditional close to East, but such facts has no longer essentially altered the notion of monarchy as an solely male-gendered theological, political, and social establishment. Solvang's examine assembles the proof looking for an built-in view of royal women's place and tool in serious services of monarchy, tough established assumptions approximately women's position within the royal harem. The ancient info serves as a backdrop for a literary analyzing of biblical texts describing the royal residence of Judah. recognition is given to 3 girls representing diversified royal positions: Michal (daughter), Bathsheba (queen mother), and Athaliah (queen and monarch).
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They relate the position(s) from which a particular woman takes an active role in the administration of the monarchy. A striking feature that appears across cultures of the ancient Near East—including the Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Assyrians, Babylonians and Israelites—is the lack of consistency with which administrative titles are applied to women. LUGAL parallel to LUGAL kattah parallel to katte/katti1 hassusara parallel to hassusarratu parallel to sarru malkat- parallel to malk- These parallels appear chiefly in cultic texts, such as the Hattian-Hittite bilingual rituals, and in seals, where they include the name of the particular 'queen'.
92. 251 and 252 in Kwasman and Parpola, Legal Transactions, I, pp. 200-201. 36 A Woman's Place is in the House children. Ahat-milku, queen of Ugarit and wife of Niqmepa, gave two shares of her assets to two of her adult sons. These two, Hismisarruma and Aradsarruma, were involved in a power struggle with another of Ahatmilku's sons, Ammistamru II. 93 In this way she managed to provide for them while guaranteeing Ammistamru's rise to kingship and her own position as queen mother. The documents not only demonstrate the deep and varied involvement of royal women in economic matters, but portray the royal family as a network of economic enterprises dealing in goods and services, and trading wealth and favors, domestically and internationally.
While Melville observes in the correspondence of Assyrian officials that 'Naqia [is] elevated to the level of the king and given an unusual measure of respect' (p. 75), Melville attributes this to a calculated campaign on the part of Esarhaddon to raise the public image of his mother through 'careful manipulation of such media as royal inscriptions and dedicatory inscriptions, and by deliberately associating himself with [her]' (p. 37). Melville suggests that 'Esarhaddon needed someone of unquestionable loyalty in a position of authority who could make a show of strength and maintain the status quo when he was disabled' (p.