Guillaume Cardascia

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Guillaume Cardascia (born July 31, 1914 in Siena , † September 27, 2006 ) was a French legal historian .

After attending the Lycée Charlemagne in Paris, Cardascia studied from 1932 at the law faculty of the University of Paris , among others with François Olivier Martin and André Fliniaux . During this time he first came into contact with cuneiform law and learned Sumerian and Akkadian at the École pratique des hautes études . After graduating in 1939, he took part in the Second World War as an officer. In 1946 he received his doctorate .

From 1949 he taught at the University of Saarbrücken and from 1954 at the University of Caen . From 1965 to 1983 he was Professor of Legal History at the Law Faculty of the University of Paris II . His research focus was the law of the ancient Near East .


  • Les archives des Murasu. Une famille d'hommes d'affaires babyloniens a l'epoque perse (455-403 av. J.-C.). Paris, Imprimerie nationale 1951 (= dissertation)
  • Les lois assyriennes. Introduction, traduction, commentaire. Paris, Editions du Cerf 1969
  • Laws B. Assyria . In: Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatischen Aräologie


  • Homage to Guillaume Cardascia . Nanterre 1995 (with list of publications)
  • Sophie Démare-Lafont: Guillaume Cardascia (1914-2006) . In: Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 101, 2007, pp. 1–2 full text