Gudea and His DynastyHardback Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Early Periods
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- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Format: Hardback | 248 pages
- Dimensions: 215mm x 291mm x 23mm | 862g
- Publication date: 1 December 1997
- Publication City/Country: Toronto
- ISBN 10: 0802041876
- ISBN 13: 9780802041876
- Edition: 74
- Edition statement: 74th ed.
Gudea ruled over the Sumerian city-state of Lagas during the 21st century B.C.E., and left an incredible wealth of inscriptions pertaining to his building activity and pious donations, displayed on statues, clay cylinders, mace heads, vessels and many other objects. The central part of the book is Gudea's incription dedicated to the construction of the Eninnu, the main sanctuary of his city-god Ningirsu. It is composed of two parts, each displayed on a huge clay cylinder measuring 60 cm in height and 33 cm in diameter. The composition as a whole has 1366 cases or lines, and is among the longest Sumerian literary texts known at present. Although formally a building inscription, it is at the same time Sumerian poetic art at its best, and also a rich source for the study of Sumerian religion. Gudea's inscriptions and those of his predecessors and followers are offered in the Latin transliteration of the original cuneiform texts, in translation, and they are provided with introductions, commentaries and explanatory notes, with the volume as a whole highlighting a century which was part of the so-called Neo-Sumerian period.
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Dietz Edzard is a professor for the Institut fur Assyriologie und Hethitologie at the University of Munich. He has been active over the years at the Iraq Museum, Baghdad, and Italian excavations at Tell Marikh (Ebla), Northern Syria. He is a member of the International Committee for the Ebla texts, the Bavarian Academy, the Royal Netherlands Academy, the American Philosophical Society, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (Chicago Assyrian Dictionary), and the University Museum, Philadelphia. He has contributed work to the RIM Project since 1985, and currently Editor in charge of Early Periods.