Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History

Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History

Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History discusses how the abundant Mesopotamian cuneiform text sources can be used for the study of various aspects of history: political, social, economic and gender.

Author: Marc Van De Mieroop

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134646418

Category: History

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Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History discusses how the abundant Mesopotamian cuneiform text sources can be used for the study of various aspects of history: political, social, economic and gender. Marc Van De Mieroop provides a student-friendly introduction to the subject and: * criticises disciplinary methodologies which are often informed by a desire to write a history of events * scrutinises the intellectual background of historical writings * examines how Mesopotamia's position as the 'other' in Classical and Biblical writings has influenced scholarship * illustrates approaches with examples taken from the entirety of Mesopotamian history.
Categories: History

A History of the Ancient Near East

A History of the Ancient Near East

A straightforward & concise narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East, this work addresses political, social & cultural developments, with in-depth discussion of key texts & sources.

Author: Marc Van De Mieroop

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

ISBN: 0631225528

Category: History

Page: 313

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A straightforward & concise narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East, this work addresses political, social & cultural developments, with in-depth discussion of key texts & sources.
Categories: History

The Invention of Cuneiform

The Invention of Cuneiform

In The Invention of Cuneiform Jean-Jacques Glassner offers a compelling introduction to a seminal era in human history.

Author: Jean-Jacques Glassner

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801873894

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 266

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In The Invention of Cuneiform Jean-Jacques Glassner offers a compelling introduction to a seminal era in human history. Returning to early Mesopotamian texts that have been little studied or poorly understood, he traces the development of writing from the earliest attempts to the sophisticated system of roughly 640 signs that constituted the Sumerian repertory by about 3200 B.C.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Thinking Recording and Writing History in the Ancient World

Thinking  Recording  and Writing History in the Ancient World

“The Final Paragraph ofthe Tombinscription ofDarius I (DNb, 50–60): The Old
Persian Text intheLightof anAramaic Version.” Bulletin ... Literaryand Scholastic
Textsof the First MillenniumB.C. New ... Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of
History.

Author: Kurt A. Raaflaub

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118413111

Category: History

Page: 440

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Thinking, Recording, and Writing History in the Ancient World presents a cross-cultural comparison of the ways in which ancient civilizations thought about the past and recorded their own histories. Written by an international group of scholars working in many disciplines Truly cross-cultural, covering historical thinking and writing in ancient or early cultures across in East, South, and West Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas Includes historiography shaped by religious perspectives, including Judaism, early Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism
Categories: History

Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Literary and scholastic texts of the first millennium B C

Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art  Literary and scholastic texts of the first millennium B C

Volume One: 120 ancient Mesopotamian texts from the Metropolitan Museum's extensive collection of cuneiform tablets are published here in a projected multi-volume edition. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9782503517407

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 490

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Volume One: 120 ancient Mesopotamian texts from the Metropolitan Museum's extensive collection of cuneiform tablets are published here in a projected multi-volume edition. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Early Mesopotamia

Early Mesopotamia

The cuneiform texts reveal the technological and social innovations of Sumer and Babylonia as surprisingly modern, and the influence of this fascinating culture was felt throughout the Near East.

Author: Nicholas Postgate

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136788635

Category:

Page:

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The roots of our modern world lie in the civilization of Mesopotamia, which saw the development of the first urban society and the invention of writing. The cuneiform texts reveal the technological and social innovations of Sumer and Babylonia as surprisingly modern, and the influence of this fascinating culture was felt throughout the Near East. Early Mesopotamia gives an entirely new account, integrating the archaeology with historical data which until now have been largely scattered in specialist literature.
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Cuneiform

Cuneiform

Describes the writing system used from before 3000 BC to AD 75 by Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, and other Mesopotamian cultures.

Author: C. B. F. Walker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520061152

Category: History

Page: 62

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Describes the writing system used from before 3000 BC to AD 75 by Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, and other Mesopotamian cultures.
Categories: History

Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography

Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography

The essays included in this volume analyze important historical texts from various regions of the Ancient Near East.

Author: Mario Liverani

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801473586

Category: History

Page: 214

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The essays included in this volume analyze important historical texts from various regions of the Ancient Near East. The distinguished Italian historian Mario Liverani suggests that these historiographical texts were of a true historical nature and that their literary forms achieved their intended results. Liverani focuses on two central themes in these texts: myth and politics. There is a close connection, Liverani finds, between the writing of history and the validation of political order and political action. History defines the correct role and behavior of political leaders, especially when they do not possess the validation provided by tradition. Historical texts, he discovers, are more often the tools for supporting change than for supporting stability. Liverani demonstrates that history writing in the Ancient Near East made frequent use of mythical patterns, wisdom motifs, and literary themes in order to fulfill its audience's cultural expectations. The resulting nonhistorical literary forms can mislead interpretation, but an analysis of these forms allows the texts' sociopolitical and communicative frameworks to emerge. --Choice 42:10, June 2005
Categories: History

Cuneiform Texts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Volume IV The Ebabbar Temple Archive and Other Texts from the Fourth to the First Millenium B C

Cuneiform Texts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Volume IV  The Ebabbar Temple Archive and Other Texts from the Fourth to the First Millenium B C

This long-anticipated work is the fi_nal volume of the CTMMA series and completes the publication of all the cuneiform-inscribed tablets and inscriptions (excluding those on sculptures, reliefs, and seals) in the collection of The ...

Author: Ira Spar

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9781575063270

Category: Art

Page: 514

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This long-anticipated work is the final volume of the CTMMA series and completes the publication of all the cuneiform-inscribed tablets and inscriptions (excluding those on sculptures, reliefs, and seals) in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Published are 183 texts that include 154 cuneiform tablets and tablet fragments, one inscribed clay bulla, fourteen clay cylinders, five clay prisms, and four stone inscriptions. Economic and Administrative texts are from Sippar, Babylon, Kish, Dilbat, Nippur, Drehem, Uruk, and other sites in Babylonia and ancient Iran. First millennium B.C. royal inscriptions date to the reigns of Ashurnasirpal, Sennacherib, Esarhaddon, Ashurbanipal, Nebuchadnezzar, and Nabonidus. The texts are organized in five parts: Part One contains Neo- and Late Babylonian economic and administrative tablets and fragments from the archives of the Ebabbar temple in Sippar. Part Two includes Neo- and Late Babylonian period economic and administrative tablets from Babylonia and other sites. Part Three includes Late Babylonian administrative and archival tablets from Babylon. Part Four contains royal and non-royal brick, stone, bulla, cylinder, and prism inscriptions from the second and first millennia B.C. A final section (Part Five) includes three proto-cuneiform archaic tablets and two Ur III administrative tablets. Professors Ira Spar (Professor of Ancient Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and Research Assyriologist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Michael Jursa (University Professor of Assyriology, University of Vienna) were assisted by a team of distinguished scholars and conservators who provided valuable insights into the preparation of scholarly editions of the texts, seal impressions, and technical analysis published in this volume. Ira Spar hand copied and made facsimile drawings of the Museum’s texts with the assistance of Charles H. Wood. Jo Ann Wood-Brown and Charles H. Wood prepared drawings of seal impressions and divine symbols. This four-volume series of publications reaffirms the Museum’s ongoing commitment to promoting wider knowledge of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. Volume one documents 120 tablets, cones, and bricks from the third and second millennia B.C. Volume two publishes 106 religious, scientific, scholastic, and literary texts written in Akkadian and Sumerian that primarily date to the later part of the first millennium B.C. Volume three includes 164 private archival texts and fragments from the first millennium B.C. 442 pages, 174 plates, including drawings of 183 texts and photographs of selected tablets.
Categories: Art

New Mathematical Cuneiform Texts

New Mathematical Cuneiform Texts

Focussing on the big picture, Friberg explores in this book several Late Babylonian arithmetical and metro-mathematical table texts from the sites of Babylon, Uruk and Sippar, collections of mathematical exercises from four Old Babylonian ...

Author: Jöran Friberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319445977

Category: Mathematics

Page: 553

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This monograph presents in great detail a large number of both unpublished and previously published Babylonian mathematical texts in the cuneiform script. It is a continuation of the work A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts (Springer 2007) written by Jöran Friberg, the leading expert on Babylonian mathematics. Focussing on the big picture, Friberg explores in this book several Late Babylonian arithmetical and metro-mathematical table texts from the sites of Babylon, Uruk and Sippar, collections of mathematical exercises from four Old Babylonian sites, as well as a new text from Early Dynastic/Early Sargonic Umma, which is the oldest known collection of mathematical exercises. A table of reciprocals from the end of the third millennium BC, differing radically from well-documented but younger tables of reciprocals from the Neo-Sumerian and Old-Babylonian periods, as well as a fragment of a Neo-Sumerian clay tablet showing a new type of a labyrinth are also discussed. The material is presented in the form of photos, hand copies, transliterations and translations, accompanied by exhaustive explanations. The previously unpublished mathematical cuneiform texts presented in this book were discovered by Farouk Al-Rawi, who also made numerous beautiful hand copies of most of the clay tablets. Historians of mathematics and the Mesopotamian civilization, linguists and those interested in ancient labyrinths will find New Mathematical Cuneiform Texts particularly valuable. The book contains many texts of previously unknown types and material that is not available elsewhere.
Categories: Mathematics

Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem

Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem

FAMILy MATTERS: PSyCHOHISTORICAL REFLECTIONS ON SENNACHERIB
ANd HIS TIMES Eckart Frahm1 As the ... this 'history from above' approach within
Assyriology, see M. Van de Mieroop, Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History ...

Author: Isaac Kalimi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004265622

Category: History

Page: 560

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In Sennacherib at the Gates of Jerusalem, twelve scholars of the ancient world examine the histories, myths, and tales that formed around the Assyrian campaign of 701 B.C.E. over the course of more than a millennium of re-tellings.
Categories: History

History of the Cuneiform Lexical Tradition

History of the Cuneiform Lexical Tradition

Lexical texts are lists of words and lists of cuneiform signs, developed by the ancient scribes to describe, transmit, and research one of their most treasured fields of knowledge: the knowledge of writing.

Author: Nicolaas Christiaan Veldhuis

Publisher:

ISBN: 3868351167

Category: Cuneiform writing

Page: 524

View: 110

Categories: Cuneiform writing

A Social History of Hebrew

A Social History of Hebrew

Although the preponderance of alphabetic cuneiform texts were excavated in
Ugarit or its immediate vicinity, alphabetic cuneiform writing spread well beyond
the borders of the kingdom of Ugarit. Alphabetic cuneiform texts have been found
in ...

Author: William M. Schniedewind

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300176681

Category: History

Page: 261

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Considering classical Hebrew from the standpoint of a writing system as opposed to vernacular speech, Schniedewind demonstrates how the Israelites' long history of migration, war exile, and other momentous events is reflected in Hebrew's linguistic evolution.
Categories: History

Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World

Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World

Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History, London and New York. —2005. King
Hammurabi of Babylonia: A Biography. Oxford. Van der Toorn, K., 1991. 'The
Babylonian New Year Festival: New Insights from the Cuneiform Texts and their ...

Author: Martin Bommas

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441187581

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

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Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World brings together scholars and researchers working on memory and religion in ancient urban environments. Chapters explore topics relating to religious traditions and memory, and the multifunctional roles of architectural and geographical sites, mythical figures and events, literary works and artefacts. Pagan religions were often less static and more open to new influences than previously understood. One of the factors that shape religion is how fundamental elements are remembered as valuable and therefore preservable for future generations. Memory, therefore, plays a pivotal role when - as seen in ancient Rome during late antiquity - a shift of religions takes place within communities. The significance of memory in ancient societies and how it was promoted, prompted, contested and even destroyed is discussed in detail. This volume, the first of its kind, not only addresses the main cultures of the ancient world - Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome - but also look at urban religious culture and funerary belief, and how concepts of ethnic religion were adapted in new religious environments.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Writing Neo Assyrian History

Writing Neo Assyrian History

The purpose of the papers read at the meeting held in Helsinki, Finland, in 2014, and of the relevant proceedings forming this volume, was to discuss and update the historical methodologies adopted in the past and present study of the Neo ...

Author: Raija Mattila

Publisher:

ISBN: 9521095024

Category: Academic writing

Page: 568

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The purpose of the papers read at the meeting held in Helsinki, Finland, in 2014, and of the relevant proceedings forming this volume, was to discuss and update the historical methodologies adopted in the past and present study of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. The title of the meeting and of this proceedings volume, "Writing Neo-Assyrian History", clearly indicates the aim of the organizers and of the participants: to submit to both specialized scholars and educated readers a comprehensive outline of the various studies about Neo-Assyrian history, and to thoroughly comment on all possible problems so as to offer a basic "manual" for further innovative studies. All this was conceived in the framework of the scientific mission of the International Research Project which produces the series State Archives of Assyria, aimed at publishing all available Neo-Assyrian texts according to a modern and commonly shared editing system. The importance of the meeting and of this volume is relevant not only because of the innovative character of most articles, but also because of the prospective methodological spin-off in other historical sectors, from Greek and Roman history to medieval, modern or even Oriental (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Indian) history. The importance of the spin-off in other sectors of the history of Ancient Mesopotamia, and in general of the Ancient Near East, is self-evident. The volume offers a distinctive contribution to knowledge in history and historiography in general, but also in demonstrating and applying a tight connection between history, philology, archaeology and history of art, extending to the fields of ideology, politics, sociology, religion, economy and law. The sources discussed in the various articles extend from cuneiform texts of various kinds to monumental relics and archaeological findings of all kinds, studied according to the most updated Assyriological methodologies and the most advanced historical approaches.
Categories: Academic writing

Twin Tollans

Twin Tollans

American Historical Review 108 : 659 - 687 . Tozzer , Alfred M . 1957 ... Trigger ,
Bruce G . 1989 A History of Archaeological Thought . Cambridge ... Van de
Mieroop , Marc 1999 Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History . Routledge ,
New ...

Author: Cynthia Kristan-Graham

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 0884023230

Category: History

Page: 640

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This volume had its beginnings in the two-day colloquium, "Rethinking Chichén Itzá, Tula and Tollan," that was held at Dumbarton Oaks. The selected essays revisit long-standing questions regarding the nature of the relationship between Chichen Itza and Tula. Rather than approaching these questions through the notions of migrations and conquests, these essays place the cities in the context of the emerging social, political, and economic relationships that took shape during the transition from the Epiclassic period in Central Mexico, the Terminal Classic period in the Maya region, and the succeeding Early Postclassic period.
Categories: History

Writing Science Before the Greeks

Writing Science Before the Greeks

One of the significant features of the cuneiform text inscribed on the tablet is its
organization: the lines are ordered by ... had been focused on issues of text
reconstruction, translation, and interpretation, as part of his ongoing study of the
history, ...

Author: Rita Watson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004202306

Category: Science

Page: 222

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The Babylonian astronomical series MUL.APIN represents the crowning achievement of traditional Mesopotamian astronomy. This volume presents a new analysis of MUL.APIN from the perspective of modern cognitive science and explores the role of writing in the evolution of scientific thought.
Categories: Science

Commerce and Monetary Systems in the Ancient World

Commerce and Monetary Systems in the Ancient World

[ erstveröffentlicht in PCPS 41 ( 1995 ) , 174 - 191 ] Van De Mieroop , M . 1997 „
Why Did they Write on Clay ” , Klio 79 , 1 - 18 . Van De Mieroop , M . 1999
Approaching the Ancient World . Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History .
London und ...

Author: Kordula Schnegg

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 3515083790

Category: History

Page: 561

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This volume forms the proceedings of the Fifth Annual Symposium of the Assyrian and Babylonian Intellectual Heritage Project held in Innsbruck in 2002. Twenty-nine specialist contributions focus on the economic aspects of the `diffusion and transformation of the cultural heritage of the ancient Near East'. Eight thematic sections discuss: Near Eastern economic theory; Mesopotamia in the third millenium BC; Mesopotamia and the Levant in the first half of the first millennium BC; Levant, Egypt and the Aegean world during the same time span; Greece and Achaemenids, Parthians, Sasanians and Rome; social aspects of this exchange, including its affects on religion, borders, education and cosmology. The scope of the papers is wide, with subjects including Babylonian twin towns and ethnic minorities, archaic Greek aristocrats, the Phoenicians and the birth of a Mediterranean society, slavery, Iron Age Cyprus, Seleucid coins, the `Silk Route', and Greek images of the Assyrian and Babylonian kingdoms. Sixteen papers in English, the rest in German.
Categories: History

The Archaeology of Mesopotamia

The Archaeology of Mesopotamia

The need for a book such as this was confirmed as I read Marc Van De Mieroop's
excellent study Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History, in which the following
sentence occurs: 'Methodological discussions of art history and archaeology ...

Author: Roger Matthews

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135134532

Category: History

Page: 256

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The only critical guide to the theory and method of Mesopotamian archaeology, this innovative volume evaluates the theories, methods, approaches and history of Mesopotamian archaeology from its origins in the nineteenth century up to the present day. Ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), was the original site of many of the major developments in human history, such as farming, the rise of urban literate societies and the first great empires of Akkad, Babylonia and Assyria. Dr. Matthews places the discipline within its historical and social context, and explains how archaeologists conduct their research through excavation, survey and other methods. In four fundamental chapters, he uses illustrated case-studies to show how archaeologists have approached central themes such as: * the shift from hunting to farming * complex societies * empires and imperialism * everyday life. This will be both an ideal introductory work and useful as background reading on a wide range of courses.
Categories: History