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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Sumerian Texts 1

Course Code:
155900104
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

This course consists of readings from advanced Sumerian texts: historical inscriptions, laws, letters, contracts, religious and literary texts. The course comprises mainly the reading and discussion of a selection of set texts in cuneiform.

Prerequisites

The course is designed for the second year of the study of Sumerian. Introductory Sumerian or the comparable UCL course is a prerequisite.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course the student should have acquired competence in the reading of intermediate-level cuneiform texts in Sumerian; should have made progress in the reading, translation and interpretation of cuneiform texts in the genres studied; should have a better understanding of the written legacy of Sumer; and should have gained appropriate knowledge of the philological and methodological issues with which Sumerologists engage.

Workload

The course will normally entail two or three hours in the classroom each week. Preparation for classes will include the study of passages from the set texts for reading in class.

Method of assessment

One written examination of three hours' duration in May-June, which tests candidates' ability in the transliteration and translation of selected passages from the set texts in cuneiform, and in translating an unseen passage. Questions on the grammar, context and subject matter of the chosen passages are also included.

Suggested reading

  • Falkenstein, A.: Die neusumerischen Gerichtsurkunden. Abhandlungen der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, NF 39-40, 44. Munich: Bay. Ak. Wiss., 1956-7
  • Römer, W. H. Ph.: Das sumerische Kurzepos 'Gilgames und Akka'. Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 209/1. Kevelaer: Verlag Butzon & Bercker, Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1980
  • Sollberger, E.: Business and Administrative Correspondence under the Kings of Ur. Texts from Cuneiform Sources, I. Locust Valley: Augustin, 1966
  • Steible, H.: Die altsumerischen Bau- und Weihinschriften. Freiburger Altorientalische Studien, 5/I-II. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 1982
  • Steible, H.: Die neusumerischen Bau- und Weihinschriften. Freiburger Altorientalische Studien, 9/I-II. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 1991
  • Thureau-Dangin, F.: Les cylindres de Goudéa Textes cunéiformes du Louvre, 8. Paris: Geuthner, 1925