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  • The Literature of Ancient Sumerby Jeremy Black; Graham Cunningham; Eleanor Robson

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 54.99

    Sumerian is the oldest written language of ancient Iraq, first written down some 5000 years ago. Its literature, encompassing narrative myths, lyrical hymns, proverbs, and love poetry, provides a stimulating insight into the world's first urban civilization. Written in clear, accessible English, these translations are the most comprehensive collection... more...

  • Sumerian grammarby D.O. Edzard

    BRILL 2003; US$ 138.00

    Drawing on introductory courses in Sumerian he taught for many years, Edzard (emeritus, Assyriology, Munich U.) commences his descriptive grammar of the general characteristics and specific features of the language of the inventors of cuneiform writing with his views on the "hopeless" debate over the language's linguistic affiliation. After describ more...

  • The Grammar of Perspectiveby Christopher Woods

    BRILL 2008; US$ 189.00

    Taking a functional-typological approach, this work argues that the Sumerian conjugation prefixes, in their primary function, constitute a system of grammatical voice, in which the active voice is set against the middle voice. These prefixes are, in turn, represented by heavy and light markers that differ with respect to focus and emphasis. more...

  • The World's Oldest Literatureby William W. Hallo

    BRILL 2010; US$ 287.00

    To propagate the invention of writing, the Sumerians established scribal schools which preserved and transmitted the accumulated wisdom of the past, usually in poetic form. The literature thus created has been studied by the author for half a century. This title assembles his conclusions that are important for biblicists. more...

  • Religion, Literature, and Scholarship - The Sumerian Composition Nan?e and the Birdsby Niek Veldhuis

    BRILL 2004; US$ 175.00

    This book uses insights from religious studies, literary theory, and the history of science for understanding the Sumerian composition Nan?e and the Birds in the context of the Old Babylonian scribal school. It contains editions of all the relevant Sumerian texts. more...

  • Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literatureby Dr Gwendolyn Leick; Gwendolyn Leick

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 45.95

    Sex and Eroticism in Mesopotamian Literature is a new contribution to current debates about sex and eroticism. It gives an insight into Mesopotamian attitudes to sexuality by examining the oldest preserved written evidence on the subject - the Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform sources - which were written between the 21st and the 5th centuries B.C. Using... more...

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