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The Literature of Ancient Sumer


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Introduction A. Heroes and kings B. Inana and Dumuzid C. Enlil and Ninlil D. The moon god Nanna-Suen E. The warrior gods Nergal, Numushda, and Ninurta F. Love and sex G. The natural order H. The hymnic genres I. Scribes and learning J. The Decad, a scribal curriculum

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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.


This anthology successfully provides a taste of Sumerian literature on a scale never previously attempted. As an academic resource it opens up a previously impenetrable field and will be used in a wide range of university courses. It deserves a wider readership too. Andrew George, THES This excellent little book thoroughly deserves to find the wide readership it courts, and also to endure as a standard tool for university teaching and research. It is required reading for all who are interested in ancient intellectual cultures, in the study of the oldest literary forms, and in the field of comparative literature. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

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