The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Hardcover | October 22, 2011

EditorKaren Radner, Eleanor Robson

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The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook ofCuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions notjust as 'texts' but also as material artefacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users and owners.

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The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook ofCuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East ...

Karen Radner is Reader in Ancient Near Eastern History at University College London. Eleanor Robson is Reader in Ancient Middle Eastern Science at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:720 pagesPublished:October 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Materiality and literacies1. Jonathan Taylor: Tablets as artefacts, scribes as artisans2. Robert K. Englund: Accounting in proto-cuneiform3. Gregory Chambon: Numeracy and metrology4. Niek Veldhuis: Levels of literacy5. Brigitte Lion: Literacy and genderII. Individuals and communities6. Benjamin R. Foster: The person in Mesopotamian thought7. Frans van Koppen: The scribe of the Flood Story and his circle8. Hagan Brunke: Feasts for the living, the dead, and the gods9. Michael Jursa: Cuneiform writing in Neo-Babylonian temple communities10. Eva von Dassow: Freedom in ancient Near Eastern societiesIII. Experts and novices11. Yoram Cohen and Sivan Kedar: Teacher-student relationships: two case studies12. Dominique Charpin: Patron and client: Zimri-Lim and Asqudum the diviner13. Michel Tanret: Learned, rich, famous and unhappy: Ur-Utu of Sippar14. Nele Ziegler: Music, the work of professionals15. Silvie Zamazalova: The education of Neo-Assyrian princesIV. Decisions16. Sophie Demare-Lafont: Judicial decision-making: judges and arbitrators17. Karen Radner: Royal decision-making: kings, magnates and scholars18. Andreas Fuchs: Assyria at war: strategy and conduct19. Anne Lohnert: Manipulating the gods: lamenting in context20. Daniel Schwemer: Magic rituals: conceptualisation and performanceV. Interpretations21. Ulla Susanne Koch: Sheep and sky: systems of divinatory interpretation22. John M. Steele: Making sense of time: observational and theoretical calendars23. Fabienne Huber Vulliet: Letters as correspondence, letters as literature24. Eckart Frahm: Keeping company with men of learning: the king as scholar25. Heather D. Baker: From street altar to palace: reading the built environment of urban BabyloniaVI. Making knowledge26. Eleanor Robson: The production and dissemination of scholarly knowledge27. Steve Tinney: Tablets of schools and scholars: a portrait of the Old Babylonian corpus28. Mark Weeden: Adapting to new contexts: cuneiform in Anatolia29. Francesca Rochberg: Observing and describing the world through divination and astronomy30. Geert De Breucker: Berossos between tradition and innovationVII. Shaping tradition31. Frans Wiggermann: Agriculture as civilization: sages, farmers, and barbarians32. Barbara Bock: Sourcing, organising, and administering medicinal ingredients33. Nicole Brisch: Changing images of kingship in Sumerian literature34. Caroline Waerzeggers: The pious king: royal patronage of temples35. Philippe Clancier: Cuneiform culture's last guardians: the old urban notability of Hellenistic Uruk