The Literature of Ancient Sumer / Edition 1

The Literature of Ancient Sumer / Edition 1

by Jeremy Black, Graham Cunningham, Eleanor Robson, Gabor Zolyomi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199296332

ISBN-13: 9780199296330

Pub. Date: 06/22/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199296330
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/22/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
868,633
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A. Heroes and kings
B. Inan and Dumuzid
C. Enlil and Ninlil
D. The moon god Nanna-Suen
E. The warrior gods Nergal, Numusda, 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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