Primitive Democracy in Ancient Mesopotamia

  title={Primitive Democracy in Ancient Mesopotamia},
  author={T. Jacobsen},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={159 - 172}
  • T. Jacobsen
  • Published 1943
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
W ORDS which embody the hopes, the fears, and the values of generations are likely to lose in clarity what they gain in depth. One such word is "democracy," which denoted a form of government and now stands for a way of life. It may not be amiss, therefore, first to make clear in what sense we intend to' use the word before we plunge in medias res. We shall use "democracy" in its classical rather than in its modern sense as denoting a form of government in which internal sovereignty resides in… Expand
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