By Sigmund Freud
Title note: unique name Das Unbehagen in der Kultur
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1930
"Civilization overcomes the harmful aggressivity of the person, by means of weakening him, disarming him, and establishing an inner authority to monitor over him, like a garrison in a conquered town"
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5 In the sixth to fifth millennium, the paths followed by different parts of the Middle East diverged. 6 In the late fifth millennium, the city Susa had an area of some 10 hectares and was the center of a system of smaller settlements in Susiana. Central storerooms in what may be a sacred domain have been found in the city, and findings of seals and seal impressions in Susa and a neighboring small settlement bear witness of controlled delivery of goods from the small settlement to the center. But no traces of higher-level recording or summarizing occur in this archaeological layer (Wright and Johnson 1975: 273).
Finally, the Fara period produced the beginning of llterar~ texts, testified by fragments of a temple hymn and by the first proverb collection (Alster 1975; 15, 110). It seems that the scribes, once they had become a profession halfway on their own,22 tried out the possibilities of the professional tools beyond their traditional scope (this will be even more obvious when we come to the mathematical exercises)-and a perusal of the tablets that the Fara scribe students produced suggests that they liked the enterprise: in many of the empty corners of tablets, irrelevant but nice drawings have been made, portraying teachers or deer or featuring complex geometrical patterns.
The easy version of the connection between the rise of the state and the development of mathematics (in Mesopotamia and elsewhere) is thus an illusion. In order to approach the issue in a profitable way we will have to ask some apparently trite questions: what is a state, and what is mathematics-if we are to discuss the two entities in the perspective of the Bronze rather than the Atomic Age. 2. The Early State and Its Origin In his book, Wittfogel (1957: 383-86) points to two classical approaches to the problem of early state formation-both due to Friedrich Engels.