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    DescriptionAn authority on ancient Mesopotamian culture, Jeremy Black here provides an introduction to the world's oldest poetry. Sumer, in southern Iraq, was the first literate civilization, with writing dating back as far as 3100 B.C. Its extensive poetic literature was lost for nearly two millennia; rediscovery and decipherment of the ancient writings began in the nineteenth century. Black is fully aware of the difficulties of applying modern literary methods to the study of ancient literature, emphasizing theoretical problems that arise from contemporary expectations of a unitary text. Looking closely at the imagery in the Lugalbanda poems, Black perceives in them a rich and sophisticated poetic imagination and technique, which, far from being in any sense "primitive, " are so complex as to resist modern literary analysis.

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    Reading Sumerian Poetry
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Black
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801435980
    ISBN 10: 0801435986

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Libri: I-PO
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Approval Code: A23303000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A24400000
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ZM
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    DC22: 899.951009
    DC21: 899.951009
    DC22: 899/.951009
    LC classification: PJ4047 .B55 1998
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    10 December 1998
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    Review quote
    "This excellent book does just what the author had hoped for and intended to do: it provides a sound and indispensible introduction to a difficult subject that conveys a fair idea of the extent, complexities and subtleties of Sumerian poetry thereby demonstrating his acute sensitivity to the nuances of critical theory and practice. For this solid accomplishment, and for being courageous enough to take the first step, he has our profound thanks. Almost every page provokes thoughtful comment." A.J. Ferrara, University of Pennsylvania. Journal of Near Eastern Studies 61:4, October 2002"