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The Role of Authors in the “Uruk List of Kings and Sages”: Canonization and Cultural Contact

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The so-called "Uruk List of Kings and Sages" includes a selection of (pseudo-)historical figures known from other sources as the authors of literary and scholarly works. These authors are placed alongside famous kings and mythical sages, in a synoptic and schematic overview of cuneiform culture.

This selection and arrangement of cuneiform literature in the list can be interpreted as the creation of a cultural canon, in a reaction against the intense pressures of cross-cultural contact during the late Seleucid period. The names of authors gain new significance in this historical context, due to their ability to represent, organize, and condense a broad but imperiled cultural tradition.
TidsskriftJournal of Near Eastern Studies
Sider (fra-til)219-34
Antal sider16
StatusUdgivet - 1 okt. 2018

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