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Neighbours and relatives (1)

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04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

04 Religious and philosophical literature and poetry

1st century CE
Greek Archaic Age
Neo-Assyrian Empire
Sumerian Ur III Empire
Greek poets
Old Testament
Sumerian texts
Syriac texts

Instructions of Šuruppak 65:
Do not feed a hostile person, do not wipe out a quarrel!

Proverbs 27:10:
Do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster: better a neighbour nearby than a brother far off.

Ahiqar (Syriac Version) A.2.49:
My son, better is a friend that is at hand than a brother who is far away.

Hesiod, Works and Days 342-345:
Invite to dinner him who is friendly, and him, who is not, leave be. Above all invite him who lives near you; for if something untoward happens at your place, neighbours come ungirt, but relatives have to gird themselves.

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Ahiqar (Syriac Version) A.2.49
Hesiod, Works and Days 342-345
Instructions of Šuruppak 65
Proverbs 27:10


West 1997, 325West, Martin L. The East Face of Helicon. West Asiatic Elements in Greek Poetry and Myth. Oxford: Clarendon Press 1997.

Amar Annus

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