Mesopotamian wisdom

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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
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781119158288
ISBN (Print)9781119158233
StatePublished - 14 Feb 2020

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


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