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date: 16 June 2019

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This article examines the conception of the person in Mesopotamian thought based on cuneiform evidence. It shows that cuneiform literature contain ample sources for the notions of person, of self, and of the individual and that the sense of self is amply documented in Mesopotamian sources despite the claims of some modern writers that ancient Mesopotamians could not have possessed it. It also discusses the Mesopotamian definitions of the human being.

Keywords: person, Mesopotamian thought, cuneiform literature, self, human being

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