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I. Ancient Orient

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A. Introduction

Judged by the principles of modern historiography, this discipline did not exist in the Ancient Orient. Nevertheless, the past has been treated in the literature in various ways, which indicates that history was an essential source of political and religious identity in the Ancient Orient.

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B. Mesopotamia

Records with a historical orientation do not emerge until the middle of the 3rd millenniu…

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Frahm, Eckart (Heidelberg), Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin), Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), Meister, Klaus (Berlin), Hose, Martin (Munich), Rist, Josef (Würzburg) and Eigler, Ulrich (Zürich), “Historiography”, 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 04 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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