Sumerian Proverbs in the Schøyen Collection (CUSAS 2)
Sumerian proverbs constitute the oldest major corpus of proverbs in the world. They date, by and large, from the Old Babylonian period (c. 1900–1600 B.C.). Apart from a limited number of Egyptian proverbs, those of biblical and classical origin come closest in time and geographical proximity to the Sumerian proverbs. The Sumerian proverbs are the oldest branch of a universally known phenomenon. The number of proverbs that can be adduced for comparison from European, American, Arabic, Chinese, Indian, and African sources, to mention only the main areas, is overwhelming.