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date: 22 September 2020

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This article examines communal feasting in Mesopotamia during the late third millennium bc. Though there is admittedly a lack of archaeological evidence from this time, and an absence of procedural or prescriptive texts that would amount to recipes for specific dishes or protocols for specific feasts, much relevant information can be extracted from the administrative documents. This article describes banquets in honor of gods, kings, and the dead and catering for the workforce.

Keywords: communal feasting, Mesopotamia, administrative documents, banquets, catering, workforce

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