Scholarship and Inquiry in Early Mesopotamia

  title={Scholarship and Inquiry in Early Mesopotamia},
  author={Paul Delnero},
  journal={Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History},
  pages={109 - 143}
  • Paul Delnero
  • Published 1 July 2016
  • History
  • Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History
Abstract Thousands of texts documenting the activities of scribes and scholars that shed light on the social context of scholarship and scientific inquiry survive from the first half of Mesopotamian history (c. 3400 bc to c. 1600 bc). Since these texts provide ample evidence that scholarship occupied a central place in Mesopotamian culture and society during the period in question, examining their content is essential to reconstructing what can be known about scientific knowledge and practice… 


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