Ahiqar was an Assyrian sage known in the ancient Near East for his outstanding wisdom and has been found in an Aramaic papyrus of 500 BC among the ruins of Elephantine. The narrative of the initial part of the story is expanded greatly by the presence of a large number of wise sayings and proverbs that Ahikar is portrayed as speaking to his nephew. The collection of sayings is in essence a selection from those common in the Middle East at the time.
Year: 500 BC
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