Mesopotamian wisdom

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Abstract

This chapter attempts to give the reader an up-to-date review of the corpus referred to by scholars as Mesopotamian wisdom literature. The following types of wisdom are presented and discussed: proverbs and instructions; vanity literature; pious sufferer compositions; perceptive hymns; riddles; fables; disputation poems; and folktales. For each type, a full list of currently known texts is presented, along with a review of its main characteristics and its relation to the concept of wisdom.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWiley Blackwell Companion to Wisdom Literature
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Pages328-348
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781119158288
ISBN (Print)9781119158233
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Feb 2020

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Keywords

  • Akkadian wisdom literature
  • Mesopotamian wisdom literature
  • Pious sufferer literature
  • Proverbs and instructions
  • Sumerian wisdom literature
  • Vanity literature

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