Adapting to New Contexts: Cuneiform in Anatolia

Mark Weeden

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

Adapting to New Contexts: Cuneiform in Anatolia

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This article focuses on cuneiform and scribal education in Anatolia. It attempts to trace some of the developments in the corpus of knowledge and training when it let the confines of its initial area of relevance and was received in Anatolia by the Hittites and to draw inferences about the semiotic and sociological context of the wholesale import of a large-scale technocratic apparatus from one culture into another. It discusses the institutional and social context of scribal education in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia and suggests that class composition among the Anatolian elite was not necessarily the same as that in Mesopotamia.

Keywords: cuneiform; scribal education; Anatolia; Hittites; culture; Mesopotamia

Article.  9667 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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