The Literature Of Ancient Sumer

Paperback | April 13, 2006

EditorJeremy Black, Graham Cunningham, Eleanor Robson

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This anthology of Sumerian literature constitutes the most comprehensive collection ever published, and includes examples of most of the different types of composition written in the language, from narrative myths and lyrical hymns to proverbs and love poetry. The translations have benefitedboth from the work of many scholars and from our ever-increasing understanding of Sumerian. In addition to reflecting the advances made by modern scholarship, the translations are written in clear, accessible English. An extensive introduction discusses the literary qualities of the works, thepeople who created and copied them in ancient Iraq, and how the study of Sumerian literature has evolved over the last 150 years.

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This anthology of Sumerian literature constitutes the most comprehensive collection ever published, and includes examples of most of the different types of composition written in the language, from narrative myths and lyrical hymns to proverbs and love poetry. The translations have benefitedboth from the work of many scholars and from ...

The late Jeremy Black was formerly University Lecturer in Akkadian and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Graham Cunningham is Researcher at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Eleanor Robson is University Lecturer in History of Science and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Gabor Zolyomi is Head of the Department...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:April 13, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199296332

ISBN - 13:9780199296330

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Table of Contents

IntroductionA. Heroes and kingsB. Inana and DumuzidC. Enlil and NinlilD. The moon god Nanna-SuenE. The warrior gods Nergal, Numushda, and NinurtaF. Love and sexG. The natural orderH. The hymnic genresI. Scribes and learningJ. The Decad, a scribal curriculum

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`Review from previous edition This excellent little book thoroughly deserves to find the wide readership it courts, and also to endure as a standard tool for university teaching and research. It is required reading for all who are interested in ancient intellectual cultures, in the study ofthe oldest literary forms, and in the field of comparative literature.'Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society