The Epic of Gilgamesh

The Babylonian Epic Poem and Other Texts in Akkadian and Sumerian

Author: Andrew George

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140449198

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 6607

Translated with an Introduction by Andrew George.

Luxury and Legitimation

Royal Collecting in Ancient Mesopotamia

Author: Allison Karmel Thomason

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351921134

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 9719

Utilizing a variety of ancient sources, including cuneiform texts, images and archaeological finds, Luxury and Legitimation explores how the collecting of luxury objects contributed to the formation of royal identity in one of the world's oldest civilizations, ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Allison Thomason makes a significant and timely contribution to the subjects of collecting and material culture studies by bringing a new understanding to the political, cultural and social institutions of an important pre-Classical, non-Western civilization.

Diagnoses in Assyrian and Babylonian Medicine

Ancient Sources, Translations, and Modern Medical Analyses

Author: Jo Ann Scurlock,Burton R. Andersen

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252029561

Category: History

Page: 879

View: 1081

To date, the pathbreaking medical contributions of the early Mesopotamians have been only vaguely understood. Due to the combined problems of an extinct language, gaps in the archeological record, the complexities of pharmacy and medicine, and the dispersion of ancient tablets throughout the museums of the world, it has been nearly impossible to get a clear and comprehensive view of what medicine was really like in ancient Mesopotamia. The collaboration of medical expert Burton R. Andersen and cuneiformist Jo Ann Scurlock makes it finally possible to survey this collected corpus and discern magic from experimental medicine in Ashur, Babylon, and Nineveh. Diagnoses in Assyrian and Babylonian Medicine is the first systematic study of all the available texts, which together reveal a level of medical knowledge not matched again until the nineteenth century A.D. Over the course of a millennium, these nations were able to develop tests, prepare drugs, and encourage public sanitation. Their careful observation and recording of data resulted in a description of symptoms so precise as to enable modern identification of numerous diseases and afflictions. She holds a doctorate in Assyriology from the University of Chicago and is an adjunct professor of history at Elmhurst College. Burton R. Andersen is a professor of medicine and microbiology and former chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

The Invention of Cuneiform

Writing in Sumer

Author: Jean-Jacques Glassner,Zainab Bahrani,Marc Van de Mieroop

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801873898

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 266

View: 7275

As the first known system of writing, the cuneiform symbols traced in Sumerian clay more than six millennia ago were once regarded as a simplistic and clumsy attempt to record in linear form the sounds of a spoken language. More recently, scholars have acknowledged that early Sumerian writing—far from being a primitive and flawed mechanism that would be "improved" by the Phoenicians and Greeks—in fact represented a complete written language system, not only meeting the daily needs of economic and government administration, but also providing a new means of understanding the world. In The Invention of Cuneiform Jean-Jacques Glassner offers a compelling introduction to this seminal era in human history. Returning to early Mesopotamian texts that have been little studied or poorly understood, he traces the development of writing from the earliest attempts to the sophisticated system of roughly 640 signs that comprised the Sumerian repertory by about 3200 B.C. Glassner further argues—with an occasional nod to Derrida—that the invention of writing had a deeper metaphysical significance. By bringing the divinely ordained spoken language under human control, Sumerians were able to "make invisibility visible," separating themselves from the divine order and creating a new model of power.

Literary Texts from the Temple of Nabû

Author: Donald John Wiseman,J. A. Black

Publisher: British School of Archaeology in

ISBN: 9780903472159

Category: Social Science

Page: 157

View: 2529

The library of Nimrud, probably established in 798 BC, was a prestigious royal foundation whose scribes had contacts all over the East, particularly with Nineveh. The 259 cuneiform tablets and fragments which constituted the library mainly described magical and medical rituals, prayers and instructions for training scribes. All the epigraphic finds from Sir Max Mallowan's excavations of 1955-7 are described in this volume, with additional material from the Iraq Archaeological Service's excavations of 1985.


An Assyrian Imperial City Revealed

Author: Joan Oates,David Oates

Publisher: British School of Archaeology in

ISBN: 9780903472258

Category: History

Page: 309

View: 5486

Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) in northern Iraq, was the capital of the Assyrian Empire during most of the 9th and 8th centuries BC, and remained a major centre until the destruction of the Empire in 612 BC. This authoritative account, written by two of the excavators of the site, traces its history and its gradual revelation through archaeological excavation, begun by Layard in the 19th century and continuing to the present day. The volume is abundantly illustrated and includes finds that have not previously been published, together with illustrations and the most complete account in English so far of the remarkable discoveries made in recent years by Iraqi archaeologists in the tombs of the Assyrian Queens. Contents: Introduction; Chapter 1: The Land of Assyria - Setting the Scene; Chapter 2: Major Palaces on the Citadel; Chapter 3: Tombs, Wells and Riches; Chapter 4: Temples, Minor Palaces and Private Houses; Chapter 4: Fort Shalmaneser: the ekal masarti; Chapter 6: The Written Evidence; Chapter 7: Types of Object and Materials from Nimrud; Chapter 8: Post-Assyrian Nimrud; Epilogue.


Sources and Commentaries in Exact Sciences

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 1518

Publishes source materials for historical research on the exact sciences in Antiquity and the Middle Ages in original languages, with translations, notes, and commentaries.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Middle East

Page: N.A

View: 9663


Crossing Boundaries and Linking Horizons

Studies in Honor of Michael C. Astour on His 80th Birthday

Author: Michael C. Astour,Gordon Douglas Young,Mark William Chavalas,Richard E. Averbeck,Kevin L. Danti

Publisher: Capital Decisions Limited


Category: History

Page: 689

View: 4978


Secrecy and the gods

secret knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia and biblical Israel

Author: Alan Lenzi

Publisher: Eisenbrauns


Category: Bible

Page: 456

View: 5134


The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Author: Karen Radner,Eleanor Robson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199557306

Category: History

Page: 805

View: 1276

An authoritative guide to the Ancient Middle East as seen through the lens of cuneiform writing, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia. Written by a team of international scholars, with chapter bibliographies and numerous illustrations, the Handbook is a state-of-the-art guide to the discipline as well as offering pathways for future research.

Sharing and Hiding Religious Knowledge in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Author: Mladen Popović,Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta,Clare Elena Wilde

Publisher: de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110596601

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 1398

Few studies focus on the modes of knowledge transmission (or concealment), or the trends of continuity or change from the Ancient to the Late Antique worlds. In Antiquity, knowledge was cherished as a scarce good, cultivated through the close teacher-student relationship and often preserved in the closed circle of the initated. From Assyrian and Babylonian cuneiform texts to a Shi'ite Islamic tradition, this volume explores how and why knowledge was shared or concealed by diverse communities in a range of Ancient and Late Antique cultural contexts. From caves by the Dead Sea to Alexandria, both normative and heterodox approaches to knowledge in Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities are explored. Biblical and qur'anic passages, as well as gnostic, rabbinic and esoteric Islamic approaches are discussed. In this volume, a range of scholars from Assyrian studies to Jewish, Christian and Islamic studies examine diverse approaches to, and modes of, knowledge transmission and concealment, shedding new light on both the interconnectedness, as well as the unique aspects, of the monotheistic faiths, and their relationship to the ancient civilisations of the Fertile Crescent.


Author: N.A

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop



Page: N.A

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Cuneiform Texts from Nimrud

Author: N.A

Publisher: British School of Archaeology in

ISBN: 9780903472012

Category: Civilization, Assyro-Babylonian

Page: 283

View: 1467

A continuation of publishing the discoveries made at Nimrud by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq.

The House of Prisoners

Slavery and State in Uruk during the Revolt against Samsu-iluna

Author: Andrea Seri

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 1614510970

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 7348

This book studies the house of prisoners at the city of Uruk during the revolt against king Samsu-iluna (ca. 1741–1739 BC). The history of this period is not widely known and there is no previous comprehensive treatment of the institution under consideration. The analysis of some 410 documents dated or attributable to Rim-Anum of Uruk, one of the rebel kings, reveals details about diplomatic dealings between the central power and independent rulers and about the functioning of the house of prisoners of war. This monograph explores state management of captive and enslaved labor in times of political upheaval.