The Person in Mesopotamian Thought

Benjamin R. Foster

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Person in Mesopotamian Thought

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This article examines the conception of the person in Mesopotamian thought based on cuneiform evidence. It shows that cuneiform literature contain ample sources for the notions of person, of self, and of the individual and that the sense of self is amply documented in Mesopotamian sources despite the claims of some modern writers that ancient Mesopotamians could not have possessed it. It also discusses the Mesopotamian definitions of the human being.

Keywords: person; Mesopotamian thought; cuneiform literature; self; human being

Article.  11302 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Philosophy

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