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Epics of Sumerian Kings: The Matter of Aratta (Writings from the Ancient World) Paperback – November 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1589830837 ISBN-10: 1589830830

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Product Details

  • Series: Writings from the Ancient World (Book 20)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature (November 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589830830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589830837
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,751,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herman Vanstiphout is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Middle East at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Monica L. Crews on January 4, 2007
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This book is a great resource for these texts. It includes transliterations for all of them, which is extremely helpful. The translation is pretty accessible to readers unfamiliar with the Sumerian language, although there are some nuances that are missed (as often happens in translation). Still worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By johnh on February 18, 2013
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This book helped me to understand better some of the earliest literature so far discovered. It is very well thought out and gives good descriptions of the context and the difficulties of translating the cuniform tablets. The side-by-side Sumerian and translation add to the interest in reading these tales from the time of the earliest cities and a completely polytheistic world model. It is remarkable to me that some of the 'simple' things we understand today were such mysteries and fraught with gods of the gaps in that time and place. Even more so the difference in knowledge between this literature and that of the Greeks and Romans only 2000 years later. I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the early history of our civilization.
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