Among cuneiform texts, only letters address directly a concrete historical person. Letters being texts composed and used in everyday verbal interaction, they replace direct communication. This specific situational context provokes basic questions such as: from the point of view of the ancient letter writer, what are the conventionally possible ways of expressing the intentions of the sender? And from the modern researcher's standpoint, how can we detect the 'tone' of a given letter? This study focuses neither on the facts represented and the persons communicating nor on the system of the language, but is rather concerned with the specific, rule-governed use of language in interaction. The method employed is a combination of the philological treatment of the texts with questions and insights from linguistic pragmatics, discourse analysis, and text linguistics. The book concentrates on the corpus of Old Babylonian letters from Mesopotamia. The topics treated include: address behaviour, i.e. use and interdependence of term of address, greeting, and form of address of the verb; the stucture and the basic function of an Old Babylonian letter; the polite speech acts of gratitude and of asking a favour; rational argumentation in everyday verbal interaction.
"Wenn Du mein Bruder bist,…"
Ulrike Steinert, University College London
Rooted in Assyriology with a strong interdisciplinary outlook, this book offers the first comprehensive study of ancient Mesopotamian notions of the human person, including semantic analyses of Akkadian terms for body parts and multiple aspects of the self.
Erlend Gehlken, University of Frankfurt/Main
This book presents the second half of the weather section of Enūma Anu Enlil, a Mesopotamian omen series dealing with the stars, sun, moon, and weather. It attained particular importance when scholars used it to explain phenomena to Assyrian kings.
This book examines a collection of twenty-two literary letters and related compositions, the Sumerian Epistolary Miscellany, studied as part of the Old Babylonian Sumerian scribal curriculum, in an attempt to better understand the nature of the curriculum as a whole.
Edited by Dahlia Shehata, Frauke Weiershäuser, and Kamran Vincent Zand
This volume in honor of Brigitte Groneberg presents twenty four contributions by leading scholars in the fields of Assyriology and Sumerology dealing with actual topics in Language, Literature and Religions of the Ancient Near East.
The study of these seals complements our meagre textual documentation. The first sangas in particular offer a unique opportunity to assemble a consistent corpus from a single family holding the same title throughout the Old Babylonian period.
Daniel E. Fleming and Sara J. Milstein
Based on contrasting characterization and narrative logic between the central Huwawa episode and the remaining material for the earliest Akkadian Gilgamesh, this book challenges the accepted notion that the famous epic was composed without recourse to a previous Akkadian narrative.
Shalom E. Holtz
This book presents a text-typology of Neo-Babylonian litigation records in order to describe the adjudicatory process.
edited by Annie Attia and Gilles Buisson, with the collaboration of Markham J. Geller
This volume, which originated with a conference at the Collège de France, comprises articles on Babylonian and Assyrian medicine.
Edited by Irving L. Finkel and Markham J. Geller
The present collection of articles on disease in Babylonia is the first such volume to appear providing detailed information derived from published and unpublished medical texts in cuneiform script from the second and first millennia BC.
Edited by Piotr Michalowski and Niek Veldhuis
This volume contains eleven articles, demonstrating the broad variety of scholarly approaches to the study of Sumerian literature. It is dedicated to H.L.J. Vanstiphout at the occasion of his retirement from the University of Groningen, July 14th 2006.
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