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The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

ISBN : 9780199557301

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¥23,276
Author: 
Karen Radner; Eleanor Robson
Pages
840 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
168 x 249 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
Series
Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History
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The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions not just as 'texts' but also as material artefacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users and owners.

Index: 

I. MATERIALITY AND LITERACIES
1. Tablets as artefacts, scribes as artisans
2. Accounting in proto-cuneiform
3. Numeracy and metrology
4. Levels of literacy
5. Literacy and gender
II. INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES
6. The person in Mesopotamian thought
7. The scribe of the Flood Story and his circle
8. Feasts for the living, the dead, and the gods
9. Cuneiform writing in Neo-Babylonian temple communities
10. Freedom in ancient Near Eastern societies
III. EXPERTS AND NOVICES
11. Teacher-student relationships: two case studies
12. Patron and client: Zimri-Lim and Asqudum the diviner
13. Learned, rich, famous and unhappy: Ur-Utu of Sippar
14. Music, the work of professionals
15. The education of Neo-Assyrian princes
IV. DECISIONS
16. Judicial decision-making: judges and arbitrators
17. Royal decision-making: kings, magnates and scholars
18. Assyria at war: strategy and conduct
19. Manipulating the gods: lamenting in context
20. Magic rituals: conceptualisation and performance
V. INTERPRETATIONS
21. Sheep and sky: systems of divinatory interpretation
22. Making sense of time: observational and theoretical calendars
23. Letters as correspondence, letters as literature
24. Keeping company with men of learning: the king as scholar
25. From street altar to palace: reading the built environment of urban Babylonia
VI. MAKING KNOWLEDGE
26. The production and dissemination of scholarly knowledge
27. Tablets of schools and scholars: a portrait of the Old Babylonian corpus
28. Adapting to new contexts: cuneiform in Anatolia
29. Observing and describing the world through divination and astronomy
30. Berossos between tradition and innovation
VII. SHAPING TRADITION
31. Agriculture as civilization: sages, farmers, and barbarians
32. Sourcing, organising, and administering medicinal ingredients
33. Changing images of kingship in Sumerian literature
34. The pious king: royal patronage of temples
35. Cuneiform culture's last guardians: the old urban notability of Hellenistic Uruk

About the author: 

Karen Radner, Reader in Ancient Near Eastern History, University College London; Eleanor Robson, Reader in Ancient Middle Eastern Science, University of Cambridge

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