List of ancient Near Eastern scribes

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An accounts tablet for a basketry workshop by an unnamed scribe, ca. 2040 BC. From Ur, in Sumerian cuneiform.

This is a list of Near Eastern scribes. Besides the common clay tablet used in Mesopotamia, cylinder seals, stelas, reliefs, etc. are other commonly used mediums of the Near Eastern scribes.

List of scribes[edit]

Scribe Time-period Notes
Abijah 10th century BC Scribe of the Gezer calendar
Azi (scribe)
Baruch ben Neriah
Bêl-bân-aplu See: 0 (number)#History
En-hedu-ana daughter of Sargon of Akkad-(23rd century BC);
Author of:
2–In-nin sa-gur-ra
3–In-nin me-hus-a
4–The Temple Hymns
5–Hymn to Nanna
((?)First author to write in the first-person;
about 500 copies of one of her works as copies from scribe school 'home-works'.)
Sin-liqe-unninni one author of version-
Epic of Gilgamesh


  • Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Tablets, Cones, and Bricks of the Third and Second Millennia B.C., vol. 1 (New York, 1988). The final section (Bricks) of the book concerns cylinder Seals, with a foreword describing the purpose of the section as to instigate Research into cylinder Seals. The 'cylinder sealing' on the bricks, was done multiple times per brick. Some are of high quality, and some are not. (Also contains the only 2 el Amarna letters, in the USA, with Analysis.)

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