The World's Oldest Literature: Studies in Sumerian Belles-Lettres

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BRILL, 2010 - 766 pagine
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Literature begins at Sumer, we may say. Given that this ancient crossroads of tin and copper produced not only bronze and the entire Bronze Age, but also by neccesity, the first system of record-keeping and the technique of writing. Scribal schools served to propogate the new technique and their curriculum grew to create, preserve and transmit all manner of creative poetry. In a lifetime of research, the author has studied multiple aspects of this most ancient literary oeuvre, including such questions as chronology and bilingualism, as well as contributing fundamental insights into specific genres such as proverbs, letter-prayers and lamentations. In addition, he has drawn conclusions for the comparative or contextual approach to biblical literature. His studies, widely scattered in diverse publications for nearly fifty years, are here assembled in convenient one-volume format, made more user-friendly by extensive cross-references and indices.
 

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Indice

New Viewpoints on Cuneiform Literature 1962
3
The Cultic Setting of Sumerian Poetry 1970
19
Problems in Sumerian Hermeneutics 1973
43
Toward A History of Sumerian Literature 1975
57
Assyriology and the Canon 1990
85
Sumerian Religion 1993
93
The Birth of Rhetoric 2004
113
On the Antiquity of Sumerian Literature 1963
137
New Directions in Historiography Mesopotamia and Israel
431
Polymnia and Clio 2001
453
A New Look at the Stele of
471
part vii
483
myths and epics
495
New Evidence from
517
Disturbing the Dead 1993
529
Enki and the Theology of Eridu 1996
539

Another Sumerian Literary Catalogue? 1975
151
Old Babylonian HARra 1982
172
part iii
181
The Coronation of UrNammu 1966
187
New Hymns to the Kings of Isin 1966
203
The Birth of Kings 1987
223
Nippur Originals 1989
239
letterprayers
287
Lamentations and Prayers in Sumer and Akkad 1995
299
Two LetterPrayers To Amurru 1998
319
part v
325
royal correspondence
333
II The Appeal to Utu
353
III The Princess and
369
A Sumerian Apocryphon? The Royal Correspondence of
385
part vi
400
Beginning and End of the Sumerian King List in the Nippur
409
Sumerian Historiography 1983
419
Urban Origins in Cuneiform and Biblical Sources Founding
547
The Lame and the Halt 1969
575
An Introduction To Colloquial
583
Biblical Abominations and Sumerian Taboos 1985
589
Proverbs Quoted in Epic 1990
607
An Ancient Tradition in the Middle East 2004
625
incantations
635
More Incantations and Rituals from the Yale Babylonian
645
part x
661
The Contextual Approach to Bibliocal
677
The Concept of Canonicity in Cuneiform and Biblical
699
Sumerian Literature 1992
717
Ancient Near Eastern Egyptian and Classical Texts
729
Biblical and Rabbinical Texts
739
Personal Names
747
Divine Names
753
Akkadian and Sumerian Words
759
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William W. Hallo is the William M. Laffan Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature Emeritus and former Curator of the Babylonian collection at Yale University.

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