Writing, Text, and the Law

Authored by: Peter Tiersma

Handbook of Research on Writing

Print publication date:  July  2007
Online publication date:  March  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805848694
eBook ISBN: 9781410616470
Adobe ISBN: 9781135251116


 Download Chapter



It is generally agreed that cuneiform, the earliest known writing system, emerged in present-day Iraq around 5,000 years ago (see chap. 1, this volume). Cuneiform texts include a substantial number of legal documents. Indeed, the oldest legal texts known to exist were made in Mesopotamia in the early third millennium BCE and involved the sale of land (Ellickson & Thorland, 1995).

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.