Cultural Imports and Local Products in the Commentaries from Uruk. The Case of the Gimil-Sîn Family

  • Uri GabbayEmail author
  • Enrique Jiménez
Part of the Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter book series (WSAWM, volume 2)


One of the main repositories of Mesopotamian text commentaries are the libraries of the city of Uruk, which have yielded approximately ninety tablets and fragments that contain texts of this genre. While some of the Uruk commentaries seem to have been composed locally, others reflect traditions that were imported to Uruk from other cities. This article studies cultural imports in Uruk commentaries, especially those that originated in the city of Nippur. It will place particular emphasis on the case of the Gimil-Sîn family, a family of scholars from Nippur. Most of the tablets belonging to this family stem from Uruk, but they have hitherto escaped attention due to the cryptographic fashion in which their colophons are written.



Section 2.1 of the article is mostly the work of Uri Gabbay, with suggestions from Enrique Jiménez, whereas Sects. 2.2 and 2.3 were written by Enrique Jiménez, with suggestions and additions by Uri Gabbay. Both authors are responsible for the final version of the article, as well as for the editions of colophons in Sect. 2.4. The authors wish to express their gratitude to E. Frahm and M. Frazer, who read previous versions of this article and made numerous suggestions and corrections.


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  1. 1.Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near EastHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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