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I. Ancient Orient

A heterogeneous group of texts exists in the Ancient Orient which are supposed, on the basis of the categories of form (1st person singular) and semantics (reflection on past behaviour in respect of a current or future search for meaning), to be of an autobiographical character. In Mesopotamia this includes on the one hand texts which, written at a later point, give a more or less fictitious report of an episode in the life of great rulers of the past, for instance  Sa…

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Pongratz-Leisten, Beate (Tübingen), Görgemanns, Herwig (Heidelberg) and Berschin, Walter (Heidelberg), “Autobiography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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