The Reception of Sumerian Literature in the Western Periphery

The Reception of Sumerian Literature in the Western Periphery

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ISBN (print)
978-88-7543-417-5

ISBN (ebook)
978-88-6969-076-1

ISSN Studi orientali
chevron_right 2610-881X

e-ISSN Studi orientali
chevron_right 2610-9336

Date of publication
08 Jul 2016

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The Reception of Sumerian Literature in the Western Periphery

Maurizio Viano
Università degli Studi di Torino, Italia
maurizio.viano@unito.it

DOI 10.14277/978-88-6969-076-1

Abstract

This book investigates the transmission of Sumerian literature to Syria and Anatolia (i.e. the Western periphery) during the Late Bronze Age. Sumerian is the most ancient language so far documented and remained for about three millennia the language of culture in Mesopotamia for its association with scribal education. With the end of the Old Babylonian period, Sumerian literary and lexical texts were disseminated to regions outside Mesopotamia. The volume, however, is not limited to the documentation stemming from peripheral sites but also includes a comprehensive study of contemporary Mesopotamian sources, i.e. Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian. Sumerian literature is best known through the Old Babylonian texts, to which countless studies were dedicated, while the subsequent period is poorly known and has been neglected by scholars for the scarcity of sources. Nevertheless, the Late Bronze Age is extremely important for the Sumerian literature because the process of selection and modification of texts that ended up in the first millennium canonization started in this period. Therefore, this book aims at filling a gap in our comprehension of the history of Sumerian literature. The primary objective of this book is the identification of the tradition of texts discovered in the Western periphery in comparison with second and first millennium Mesopotamian sources. The subject has been approached from different perspectives, taking into account philological, cultural, and historical aspects.

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Viano Maurizio

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The Reception of Sumerian Literature in the Western Periphery

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Book

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it

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This book investigates the transmission of Sumerian literature to Syria and Anatolia (i.e. the Western periphery) during the Late Bronze Age. Sumerian is the most ancient language so far documented and remained for about three millennia the language of culture in Mesopotamia for its association with scribal education. With the end of the Old Babylonian period, Sumerian literary and lexical texts were disseminated to regions outside Mesopotamia. The volume, however, is not limited to the documentation stemming from peripheral sites but also includes a comprehensive study of contemporary Mesopotamian sources, i.e. Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian. Sumerian literature is best known through the Old Babylonian texts, to which countless studies were dedicated, while the subsequent period is poorly known and has been neglected by scholars for the scarcity of sources. Nevertheless, the Late Bronze Age is extremely important for the Sumerian literature because the process of selection and modification of texts that ended up in the first millennium canonization started in this period. Therefore, this book aims at filling a gap in our comprehension of the history of Sumerian literature. The primary objective of this book is the identification of the tradition of texts discovered in the Western periphery in comparison with second and first millennium Mesopotamian sources. The subject has been approached from different perspectives, taking into account philological, cultural, and historical aspects.

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Antichistica

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Studi orientali

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2016-07-08

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http://doi.org/10.14277/978-88-6969-076-1

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2610-8828

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2610-9344

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978-88-7543-417-5

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978-88-6969-076-1

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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