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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199296330
ISBN-10: 0199296332
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 137mm x 23mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Professor 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, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest.

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