The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture
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The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Edited by Karen Radner , Edited by 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 of Cuneiform 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 not just as 'texts' but also as material artefacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users and owners.

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  • Hardback | 840 pages
  • 176 x 250 x 54mm | 1,818.9g
  • 14 Nov 2011
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 111 in-text illustrations
  • 0199557306
  • 9780199557301
  • 1,055,330

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

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Thanks are due to the K. Radner and E. Robson for the care with which they edited this voluminous book. Bibliotheca Orientalis

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