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

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 137 x 215 x 23mm | 547g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 39 in-text line drawings
  • 0199296332
  • 9780199296330
  • 706,848

Table of contents

A. HEROES AND KINGS; B. INANA AND DUMUZID; C. ENLIL AND NINLIL; D. THE MOON GOD NANNA-SUEN; E. THE WARRIOR GODS NERGAL, NUMUSHDA, AND NINURTA; F. LOVE AND SEX; G. THE NATURAL ORDER; H. THE HYMNIC GENRES; I. SCRIBES AND LEARNING; J. THE DECAD, A SCRIBAL CURRICULUM
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Review quote

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 *
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About Jeremy Black

The late Jeremy Black was formerly University Lecturer in Akkadian and Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.

Graham Cunningham is Researcher at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford.

Eleanor Robson is University Lecturer in History of Science and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.

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