According to lexical texts (1st half of the 2nd millennium BC), the Sumerian term for proverbs was i-bi-lu. The Akkadian tēltu(m) is known primarily from the epistolary literature of Assyria and the city of Mari (1st half of the 2nd millennium BC) . Both terms refer not only to proverbs in the modern sense, but also to the fable and anecdotes, riddles and witty sayings.
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