Business Nuns: Lady Tycoons of Ancient Mesopotamia? Feat. Dead Ideas

A shockingly high number of clay tablet receipts for certain transactions bear the names of religious women living outside the patriarchal system. Was the naditum the lady tycoon of Ancient Mesopotamia?

Oh, and fun fact: it’s also a brand of fashionable leather bags and luxury goods! I’m not kidding, they were inspired by the example of the ancient naditum – awesome, right? Check it out at

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