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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.
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, Eoetvoes Lorand University, Budapest.
Release date NZ
April 13th, 2006
Edited by Eleanor Robson
Edited by Gabor Zolyomi
Edited by Graham Cunningham
Edited by Jeremy Black
Country of Publication
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Oxford University Press
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