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Interpretation of texts I: Sumerian Texts

Class at Faculty of Arts |

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This course aims to familiarize students with the cuneiform script and enable them to read directly in cuneiform a variety of genres: royal inscriptions, administrative documents and letters. In the classroom sessions, we will also discuss the cultural and historical context of the inscriptions we encounter in teh course. At the end of the course the students should be able to read, translate, and interpret Sumerian cuneiform texts independently and put them into their historical and cultural context. Moreover, students should have acquired a fundamental understanding of the written legacy of Sumer.

Studijní literatura:

D.O. Edzard, Gudea and his dynasty. Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Early Periods 3/1 (RIME). Toronto 1997.

K. Volk, A Sumerian Chrestomathy: With the Collaboration of Silvano Votto and Jessica Baldwin (Subsidia Et Instrumenta Linguarum Orientis5) Harrassowitz, 2012.

A.W. Sjöberg, The Collection of Sumerian Temple Hymns. Texts from Cuneiform Sources. 3. Locust Valley:

Augustin 1969.