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The Disputation Between Summer and Winter (1.183)
(2,640 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; Disputations


As far as we know, this altercation between the two most natural opposites imaginable, was the longest of all Sumerian disputations.1 But it is in a much worse state of preservation than the previous three pieces.2 Here also there is a mixture of generic features: the text starts with a long list of “destinies” or proprieties allotted to the contestants by the gods. It is …

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Vanstiphout, H. L. J., “The Disputation Between Summer and Winter (1.183)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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