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Amat-Mamu, fl. ca. 1750 BC, Sippar in ancient Babylonia,[1] was a scribe whose existence is known from the cuneiform tablets on which she wrote.[2]

Amat-Mamu was a Naditu priestess and temple scribe in Sippar, in ancient Babylonia. We know she lived in the gagum, a walled cloister precinct inhabited exclusively by women, similar to a convent.[3]

Her name is known through Naditu documents that show Amat-Mamu was one of eight scribes within Sippar's gagum. Her career spanned the reigns of three kings, Hammurabi (1792–1750 BC), Samsu-iluna (1749–1712 BC), and Abi-eshuh (1711–1684 BC).[1]


  1. ^ a b Leick, Gwendolyn (2002). Who's who in the Ancient Near East (Taylor & Francis e-Library ed.). London: Routledge. p. 12. ISBN 9780203287477.
  2. ^ Radner, edited by Karen; Robson, Eleanor. The Oxford handbook of cuneiform culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 99. ISBN 9780199557301.
  3. ^ Leemans, W. F. (1950). The old-Babylonian merchant; his business and his social position. Leiden: E. J. Brill. p. 96.
  • Biographical Notes on the Naditu Women of Sippar Rivkah Harris, Journal of Cuneiform Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1 (1962), pp. 1–12 doi:10.2307/1359426 Accessed September 2007

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