Sumerian cuneiform word for the concept of freedom or liberty

Images

Bill St. Clair - Amagi
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LewRockwell.com - Cuneiform
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UpdLiberty Fund - Logo Tables
365x475 JPEG, black on white, of Sumerian cuneiform tablet, with inset showing the symbol

Articles

Editorial, by Hector Birchwood, ama-gi, 1996
Volume 1, Issue 1 of the LSE Hayek Society journal
"The name of the Hayek Society's journal, AMA-GI, comes from a cuneiform inscription ... found in the ancient Sumerian city-state of Lagash, to symbolise 'freedom' (ama-gi). The clay tablet on which it was found dates back to 2300 BC and it is the earliest example of the concept of liberty being expressed in a written language."
Urukagina Bio: The Online Library of Liberty
"In this important code is found the first written reference to the concept of liberty (amagi or amargi, literally, 'return to the mother'), used in reference to the process of reform. ... the idea that the reforms were to be a return to the original social order decreed by the gods fits well with the translation."
Freedom vs. Liberty, by Joseph R. Stromberg, 10 Jul 2001
Delves into the etymology of the English words "freedom" and "liberty"
"Ancient Sumerian had ama-gi, the cuneiform script for which you will find all over the endpapers of any book published by Liberty Fund."
Related Topic: Liberty

Poetry

Anthem for the Ama-Gi, by Jim Davidson, 2000
"We are the tribe of freedom you see.
In cuneiform writing they say 'Ama-Gi'
The most ancient way of writing we're free,
In wedges of clay before 2000 BC.

For four thousand years now people have known
That freedom is greatest when each is left alone.
No central planners, no central plan
Can make as much difference as one single man"