Teacher–Student Relationships: Two Case Studies

Yoram Cohen and Sivan Kedar

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

Teacher–Student Relationships: Two Case Studies


This article presents two case studies concerning teacher-student relationships in ancient Mesopotamia. The first case introduces the teachers and students of a scribal school at the city of Emar in ancient Syria which show the conditions under which schooling was conducted, who the students and teachers were, and what the relationship between them was. The second case presents a varied group of Neo- and Late Babylonian apprenticeship contracts that provide a better understanding of the apprentice's gender and age, social background, the length of his tuition, the salary of his master, and the trade being learned.

Keywords: teacher-student relationship; ancient Mesopotamia; Emar; ancient Syria; schooling; apprenticeship contracts; Babylonia

Article.  9248 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies

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