The Literature of Ancient Sumer / Edition 1

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These translations of Sumerian literature constitute the most comprehensive collection ever published of the world's earliest literature. The compositions in this book were mainly inscribed on clay tablets dating to the 18th century B.C.E., the period from which the most extensive literary records have been recovered. They encompass a wide range of different genres which will be familiar to modern readers, such as narrative myths, lyrical hymns, proverbs, and love poetry, as well as much that will be less familiar. The compositions provide a stimulating insight into the culture of the world's first urban civilization, as well as extending our understanding of literary strategies and of such universal themes as love, sex, political ambition, and our desire to explain the world to ourselves. The translations thus provide an opportunity to appreciate an ancient literature in terms both of its own identity and of its similarities to much that has followed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199296330
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/22/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 974,764
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Black was 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. Gábor Zólyomi is Head of the Department of Assyriology and Hebrew Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.

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Table of Contents

A Heroes and kings 1
B Inana and Dumuzid 63
C Enlil and Ninlil 100
D The Moon-God Nanna-Suen 126
E The warrior gods Nergal, Numusda, and Ninurta 155
F Love and sex 188
G The natural order 210
H The hymnic genres 245
I Scribes and learning 275
J The decad, a scribal curriculum 299
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