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date: 18 June 2019

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This article looks at the social context of Mesopotamian poetry as it relates to the question of where and how one famous example may have been received, the story of Atram-hasis. It explains that this work was by apprentice scribe Ipiq-Aya and that the Atram-hasis and the other literary texts signed by, or attributed to, Ipiq-Aya were written by a boy or young man who was taught to be a scribe. It argues that compositions studied by Ipiq-Aya and his contemporaries reveal a very different choice of texts than we are familiar with at Nippur and Ur.

Keywords: Atram-hasis, Mesopotamian poetry, Ipiq-Aya, apprentice scribe, Nippur, Ur

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