The Literature of Ancient Sumer

The Literature of Ancient Sumer

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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 benefited both 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, the people 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 30mm | 680.4g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 b&w line drawings
  • 0199263116
  • 9780199263110

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Gabor Zolyomi is Head of the Department of Assyriology and Hebrew Studies, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest.

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This anthology successfully provides a taste of Sumerian literature on a scale never previously attempted. As an academic resource it opens up a previously impenetrable field and will be used in a wide range of university courses. It deserves a wider readership too. Andrew George, THES 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 of the oldest literary forms, and in the field of comparative literature. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society The selections are carefully introduced, given in annotated fresh renderings, and are accompanied by a helpful glossary and bibliographies International Review of Biblical Studies, Vol. 52 The treatment of themes and the individual texts...will open up a new horizon to the interested reader, and offer new prospects to the fortuitous reader. Dina Katz, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXIII, No. 5-6

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