Conclusion: A Civilization with Two Faces

in Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226101583
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101590 | DOI:
Conclusion: A Civilization with Two Faces

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on writing and literacy in Mesopotamia during the second millennium bce. The Old Babylonian period is no doubt the era of Mesopotamian history when writing covered the broadest range of reality compared to the third millennium bce. There was considerable diversity in the types of contracts used and more abundant letters with more varied and vivid contents. Despite the widespread writing and use of written text, the transmission of knowledge remained largely within the sphere of the oral and writing for the most part only preserved information whose interest was limited in duration.

Keywords: writing; literacy; Mesopotamia; contracts; letters; written text; knowledge transmission

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Subjects: Classical History

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