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Akkade is King, by Barjamovic, G - $75.00
Akkade is King: A Collection of Papers by Friends and Colleagues Presented to Aage Westenholz on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, 15th of May 2009 edited by G. Barjamovic, J. Goodnick Westenholz, U.S. Koch, W. Sommerfeld and J.L. Dahl
In the volume Akkade is King, friends, colleagues and former students celebrate the scholarly achievements of Aage Westenholz on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Contributions cover a wide range of topics within the field of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, including Semitic linguistics and grammar, archaeology and art history, administration and bureaucracy, Sumerian and Akkadian literature, political history, trade and economy through the first three millennia of recorded history. 340p (Peeters Publishers 2011).

Altorientalische Siegel und Keilschriftdokumente im Archäologischen Museum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Muenster. Die Stiftung der Sammlung Tono Eitel, by Neumann, Georg - $100.00
Altorientalische Siegel und Keilschriftdokumente im Archäologischen Museum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Muenster. Die Stiftung der Sammlung Tono Eitel: Veroffentlichungen des Archäologischen Museums der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Muenster Band 6 by Georg Neumann
Der vorliegende Band enthält die wissenschaftliche Bearbeitung von 209 Roll- und Stempelsiegeln sowie von zwei altmesopotamischen Tontafeln und einer gesiegelten Tonbulle der dem Archäologischen Museum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Muenster gestifteten Sammlung Tono Eitel. Die Siegel werden jeweils ikonografisch und stilistisch detailliert beschrieben und sowohl zeitlich als auch räumlich eingeordnet. Dem Siegelkatalog vorangestellt sind kurze einleitende Kapitel zur Siegelpraxis sowie zur Stil- und Motiventwicklung. Die Bearbeitung der Keilschriftdokumente sowie der sumerischen und akkadischen Siegellegenden erfolgte durch H. Neumann. A. Wuethrich uebersetzte eine ägyptische und I. Kottsieper eine aramäische.

Altorientalische Studien zu Ehren von Pascal Attinger, by Ecklin, Sabine - $142.00
Altorientalische Studien zu Ehren von Pascal Attinger: mu-ni u4 ul-li2-a-as ga2-ga2-de3 edited by Sabine Ecklin and Catherine Mittermayer
Prof. Dr. Pascal Attinger has taught Ancient Near Eastern languages at the University of Bern for twenty years. He owes his international reputation to his works on Sumerian grammar and Sumerian literature of the Old Babylonian period. The present volume brings together twenty contributions by his friends, colleagues and doctoral students, mainly concentrating on the 500 years spanning the turn from the third to the second millennium BCE. Some studies deal with philological and linguistic aspects of Sumerian and Semitic Akkadian, including its dialects, while others focus on issues of history and culture. Several contributions present new editions of Sumerian (literary) texts, some of them hitherto unpublished.

Altorientalische und semitische Onomastik, by Streck, Michael P - $96.00
Altorientalische und semitische Onomastik edited by Michael P Streck and Stefan Weninger
This collection of nine articles comprises studies on Sumerian, Hittite, Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew, Arabic and Ancient South Arabic personal names based on lectures delivered during the XXVIII. Deutschen Orientalistentag 2001 in Bamberg. 236p (Ugarit-Verlag).

Analysing Literary Sumerian, by Ebeling, Jarle - $135.00
Analysing Literary Sumerian: Corpus-based Approaches edited by Jarle Ebeling and Graham Cunningham
This book brings together pioneering studies on the world's oldest literature, composed in the extinct language Sumerian and written on clay in the cuneiform (wedge-shaped) script. All the contributions are based on the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL), a project of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University whose focus is on the best documented period of Sumerian literature, compositions recorded some 4,000 years ago in southern Iraq. The ETCSL consists of transliterations and translations of nearly 400 compositions and is accessible via the Internet. It is the only linguistically annotated and translated corpus of an ancient Near Eastern language. Each of the main chapters in the book uses the ETCSL to approach a specific question relating to one or more compositions in the corpus, exploiting the possibilities the corpus offers for quantitative research and statistical analysis.

Bannlosung (nam-érim-búr-ru-da), by Maul, Stefan M - $133.00
Bannlosung (nam-érim-búr-ru-da): Die Therapie eines auf eidliche Falschaussage zuruckgefuhrten Leidens by Stefan M. Maul
In Band 10 der Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts (KAL) wird in zwei Teilbanden ein bisher ganzlich unbekanntes Textcorpus vorgelegt. Die aus vielen kleinen Bruchstucken zusammengefugten keilschriftlichen Manuskripte dokumentieren ein therapeutisches Verfahren, das im Alten Orient "Bannlosung" (sumerisch: nam-erim-bur-ru-da) genannt wurde. Ziel der Therapie war die Befreiung von Symptomen und Ursachen eines schweren Leidens mamitu (akkad.: "Bann"), dessen Ursprung man in der Schuld einer eidlichen Falschaussage verortete. Die Schriften der Heiler geben Aufschluss uber die komplexen Massnahmen zur Behandlung des 'Bann-Leidens' und stellen unser Verstandnis der altorientalischen Konzeptionen von Krankheit und Heilung auf eine neue Grundlage. Die dem Corpus zugewiesenen 81 Texte wurden zwischen dem spaten 2. Jahrtausend und dem 6. Jahrhundert v.Chr. auf Tontafeln notiert. Die grosse Mehrzahl stammt aus Assur. Die ubrigen kamen an anderen Fundorten in Assyrien, einige wenige auch in Babylonien ans Licht. Der erste Teilband enthalt eine ausfuhrliche Einleitung und einen Katalog, der Auskunft uber Form und Inhalt der einzelnen Texte erteilt. Die den Hauptteil bildende editionsphilologische Bearbeitung liefert Umschrift, Ubersetzung und Kommentierung der heilkundlichen Keilschrifttexte. Der zweite Teilband enthalt mehrere Verzeichnisse, darunter vor allem Glossare und Sachindices, sowie Abbildungen der Keilschrifttexte in Form von Handzeichnungen und Photographien.

Benjamin Whorf, die Sumerer und der Einfluss der Sprache auf das Denken, by Fink, Sebastian - $52.00
Benjamin Whorf, die Sumerer und der Einfluss der Sprache auf das Denken by Sebastian Fink
Sebastian Fink asks, in German, how language influences thought and tries to determine whether there is a method which allows us to draw conclusions about thought by looking at a linguistic structure. In order to do this he starts by looking at philosophers and philologists who have dealt extensively with the connection between language and thought. The result is a catalog of theories on the influence of language on thought which -- at least in theory -- can be applied to any individual language. An attempt to apply these theories to the Sumerian language makes up the final part of the publication in which it attempts to show in how far this approach to language as a source for intellectual history can prove useful. For readers without previous knowledge of Ancient Near Eastern Studies the title provides some introductory remarks on cuneiform, on the controversy surrounding lexical lists and on Sumerian grammar 240p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2014).

Bullae from the Shara Temple, by AlMutawilli, Nawala Ahmed - $92.00
Bullae from the Shara Temple: With contributions by Hamza Shahad Al-Harbi and Adelheid Otto edited by Nawala Ahmed Al-Mutawilli, Ismael and Walther Sallaberger
This is the first volume to appear in a series dedicated to the publication of the cuneiform texts from the Iraqi Excavations at Umma (Jokha) that were conducted in the years 1999-2002 by the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage. The expedition was successful in uncovering the temple of the city-god Shara, built by king Shu-Suen of the Third Dynasty of Ur (2035-2027 BCE). About 130 years later, in the early years of king Sumuel of Larsa (1894-1866 BCE) the temple was still in use, as documented by the more than one hundred bullae discovered in a small room near the main entrance. The cuneiform documents written in Sumerian allow detailed insights in the functioning of the main temple of a Mesopotamian town. Every month the priests received large amounts of grain for offerings, for the temple's personnel or as fodder for its oxen, donkeys, horses, and sheep. The texts provide important new data for the history of lowland Mesopotamia in the Early Old Babylonian period. The cuneiform texts are published in transliteration, English and Arabic translation, with introduction, indexes, glossary, and photographs. The book also includes an archaeological chapter on the temple of Shara by N. A. Al-Mutawalli and H. S. Al-Harbi and a study of the seal images by A. Otto. 208p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2019).

Catalogue of the Babylonian Tablets in the British Museum, by Leichty, E. - $196.00
Catalogue of the Babylonian Tablets in the British Museum: Volumes IV-V by E. Leichty, I. L. Finkel and C. B. F. Walker
The present double volume of the "Catalogue of the Babylonian Tablets" presents all tablets from Babylonia excavated, purchased or donated between 1821 and 1881. Cataloguing of these collections began in 1894-5 when T. G. Pinches prepared a slip catalogue of the first part of the second Spartali collection. The work was continued by Abe Sachs, Donald Wiseman, Irving Finkel and Christopher Walker, supplemented by contributions of several other scholars. Several thousands of cuneiform Tablets now in the British Museum are catalogued providing up-to-date information about their provenance, content and their history of publication: Akkadian as well as Sumerian texts -- administrative and legal texts, as well as letters, royal inscriptions, epics, incantations, omens and other literary texts. 725p (Zaphon Verlag 2019).

Corpus of Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art II, by Spar, Ira - $104.00
Corpus of Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art II: Literary and Scholastic Texts of the First Millennium B.C by Ira Spar
This important scholarly work is volume two in a series of four volumes that will publish all the more than six hundred cuneiform tablets in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Included are 106 religious, scientific, scholastic, and literary texts, written in Sumerian and Akkadian and primarily dated to the latter part of the first millenium b.c. They shed new light on the civilization of the ancient Near East - on its complex beliefs and customs and surprisingly vast knowledge of mathematics and astronomy - for both the contemporary scholar and interested reader.
The texts are organized in five sections: Documents of the Temple Cult include hymns and prayers, rituals and petitions; Documents of the Incantation Priest, Diviner, Physician, and Magician reveal various categories of omens; Literary Texts present myths and legends; The Scholastic Tradition contains a variety of texts and lists, including mathematical and astronomical texts; and the final section covers Unidentified Fragments. Among the most important texts are No. 42, a fragment of the Babylonian version of the ancient Flood story, and No. 81, which attests to the intellectual achievement of Babylonian astronomers.
Eighteen distinguished international scholars in the field have contributed transliterations and translations of each tablet, and these are accompanied by commentaries and by insightful introductory essays on each genre. The volume was assembled and edited by Ira Spar, Professor of Ancient Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and W. G. Lambert, Professor Emeritus of the University of Birmingham, England. Lambert also contributed several entries and a general introduction that provides contextual information about the transmission of the literary and scholastic tradition in pre-Hellenistic Mesopotamia. The precise facsimile drawings of every tablet hand-made by Ira Spar are a valuable visual accompaniment to the text. This publication reaffirms the Museum's ongoing commitment to promote wider knowledge of Ancient Near Eastern civilization. And significantly, it appears at a time when better understanding of the history and culture of that region of the world holds particular relevance.
Volume one of this series (1988) documents 120 tablets, cones, and bricks from the third and second millenia b.c. Volume three (2000) covers private archive texts from the first millenium B.C. Volume four, in preparation, will include an edition of cuneiform tablets written in the first millenium b.c. and inscriptions on bricks, cylinders, and prisms of royal records of the kings of Babylon and Assyria. 490p (Brepols Publishers 2005).

Corpus of Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Incantations, by Zomer, Elyze - $114.00
Corpus of Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Incantations by Elyze Zomer
The present volume is the first systematic treatment of the Corpus of Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian Incantations. It comprises an exhaustive and detailed catalogue of all magical material in cuneiform texts in Sumerian and Akkadian from the Middle Babylonian and Middle Assyrian periods (ca. 1500-1000 BCE). The work begins with a typology of the different sub-groups of incantations, the physical properties of the tablets, an innovative survey of the text formats, a discussion of drawings on magical texts and a critical discussion of the different paratextual comments, followed by an overview of the geographical and archival setting and an examination on the social context of the corpus. The circulation of magical texts during the Late Bronze Age is investigated by outlining the corpus itself: its thematic grouping of incantations, division of unilingual and bilingual texts, local scribal traditions and their influences. With respect to the question of whether the standardization of incantations took place in Mesopotamia during the Second Millennium, an extensive chapter provides a comparative analysis of the incantation corpora of the Third and Second Millennium against the standardized ritual series of the First Millennium. Fifty cuneiform texts have been edited and translated, accompanied by a thorough philological commentary. 470p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2018).

Cosmogony Theogony and Anthropogeny in Sumerian Texts, by Lisman, Jan JW - $119.00
Cosmogony, Theogony and Anthropogeny in Sumerian Texts by Jan J.W. Lisman
Based on his Ph.D., Lisman presents in his book all sources of the "Sumerian Beginnings" from Early Dynastic to Kassite period. The main focus lies on the cosmogony, theogony and anthropogeny and the importance of special gods involved like Enlil, Ninlil and Enki. Next, god lists are discussed and additionally a glance is cast on beginnings and creation myths worldwide compared with the Mesopotamian beginnings. The volume is supplemented by editions and philological commentaries of the texts under discussion. 422p (Ugarit-Verlag 2013).

Das altsumerische Onomastikon, by Balke, Thomas E. - $166.00
Das altsumerische Onomastikon: Namengebung und Prosopografie nach den Quellen aus Lagas by Thomas E. Balke
Th. E. Balke offers a catalogue of Old-Sumerian names. The study encompasses prosopographic features, especially professional and administrative classifications of the individuals. This classification enables the identification and differentiation of individuals using the same names and the correlation of many short names and corresponding complete forms of names. The catalogue is based on the names mentioned and listed in ca. 1,850 Old-Sumerian administrative and legal records of the 25-24th centuries BC from Lagas (al-Hiba) and Girsu (Tello) from the archives of the é-mí House(hold) of the women (wife of the ruler) and of the é-Ba-U Temple of Ba'U. In addition, personal names mentioned in pre-sargonic votive inscriptions from Lagas and in the oldest legal records have been taken into consideration. 510p (Zaphon 2018).

Dispute Poems and Dialogues in the Ancient and Mediaeval Near East, by Reinink, GJ - $95.00
Dispute Poems and Dialogues in the Ancient and Mediaeval Near East: Forms and Types of Literary Debates in Semitic and Related Literatures edited by Herman L.J. Vanstiphout and GJ Reinink.
In 1989 the University of Groningen celebrated its 375th anniversary. Near Eastern Studies, in one form or another, have been part of the Groningen curriculum almost from the beginning. For this reason the Department of Middle-Eastern Languages and Cultures decided to contribute to the anniversary celebrations by organizing an international Symposium and a Workshop on The Literary Debate in Semitic and Related Literatures. The topic of the Symposium and the Workshop was chosen and prepared by the members of the research programme Disclosure of Semitic Texts. Since 1985 the literary debate in the Sumerian, Akkadian, Hebrew, Aramaic/Syriac and Arabic language and literature has been a central theme within this Groningen research programme. Because the research group sees as one of its tasks to place the study of the literary and cultural heritage of the Ancient and Mediaeval Near East also in the wider context of its connection with Classical Antiquity and the European Middle Ages, specialists in Byzantine and Mediaeval Studies were also invited to contribute to the Symposium and Workshop. The present volume contains the contributions presented during the Symposium and Workshop on The Literary Debate in the Semitic and Related Literatures. Some of the more important issues regarding matters of genesis, development and possible interdependence of the dispute poems, dialogues and related texts, which can all be subsumed under the general type of 'debate', are discussed in the introduction, which also reflects a number of points raised in the discussions during the Workshop itself. 244p (Peeters Publishers 1991).

Dr Arnold Noldeke, Briefe aus Uruk-Warka 1931 bis 1939, by van Ess, Margarete - $74.00
Dr. Arnold Noldeke, Briefe aus Uruk-Warka 1931 bis 1939: edited by Margarete van Ess and Elisabeth Weber-Noldeke
English description: Between 1931 and 1939, Arnold Noldeke directed the German excavations at Uruk-Warka in southern Iraq, which are now under the direction of the German Archaeological Institute. Uruk-Warka, one of the earliest cities in Mesopotamia, was occupied without interruption between the 5th millennium BC and ca. 300 AD, and is the setting of several Sumerian legends and epics, the most famous of which is the Epic of Gilgamesh. Noldeke's letters to his family do not deal with scholarly research; instead, they recount the everyday life on an archaeological excavation and some socio-political events. Notes on the latter are especially interesting and important against the backdrop of an increasingly Nazist German state.
German description: Arnold Noldeke, Leiter der Ausgrabungen in Uruk-Warka von 1931 bis 1939, berichtete in privaten Briefen an seine Familie uber Land und Leute des Sud-Irak sowie uber die heute kaum noch bekannten Hintergrunde wissenschaftlicher und kulturpolitischer Entscheidungen dieser beruhmten deutschen Ausgrabung. Schwer vorstellbar aus heutiger Sicht ist das Leben des Grabungsteams in der damaligen Zeit, in der Kommunikations- und Versorgungswege erst noch ausgebaut werden mussten. Die Briefe spiegeln gleichzeitig den immer stärker werdenden Einfluss nationalsozialistischer Politik auf das Privatleben einer durchschnittlichen deutschen Wissenschaftlerfamilie und die wissenschaftliche Betätigung im Ausland. 348p (Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag 2008).

Early Dynastic List of Geographical Names, by Frayne, Douglas - $47.50
The Early Dynastic List of Geographical Names by Douglas Frayne
This study reconstructs Mesopotamian geography based primarily on the third-millennium lists of geographical place names found at Abu Salabikh in Mesopotamian and at Ebla in Syria. Frayne has extracted much relevant data from tablets of approximately the same period and later, as well as modern names for sites which help identify the toponyms in the lists. These sources do not help elucidate the geography of Genesis 10, but biblical scholars will find interest in the Mesopotamian lists that were copied in Ebla scribal schools using Sumerian logograms. 174p (American Oriental Society 1992).

Enki und Ninmah, by Ceccarelli, Manuel - $140.00
Enki und Ninmah: Eine mythische Erzählung in sumerischer Sprache by Manuel Ceccarelli
English summary: Enki and Ninmah is the modern name for a mythological story in the Sumerian language featuring the two main characters Enki, the god of crafts and wisdom, and Ninmah, the mother goddess. The text firstly tells of humankind's creation as a workforce for the gods and then relates how Enki and Ninmah compete to be able to determine the fate of humans. Ninmah creates seven invalids, whom Enki, however, is able to find suitable work for. The text hereby explains the existence of sick people and Enki's superiority is confirmed. In this new critical edition, Manuel Ceccarelli concentrates on philological analysis and religio-historical interpretation of the narrative, with particular attention paid to the humorous and satirical aspects of the contest.
German description: Enki und Ninmah die moderne Bezeichnung einer mythologischen Erzählung in sumerischer Sprache, deren Hauptakteure Enki, der Gott der Kunstfertigkeit und der Weisheit, und Ninmah Muttergottin, sind. Der Text schildert zuerst die Erschaffung des Menschen als Ersatzarbeiter fur die Gotter und berichtet dann von einem Wettstreit zwischen Enki und Ninmah die Fähigkeit, das Schicksal der Menschen zu bestimmen. Ninmaschafft sieben kranke Wesen, Enki ist jedoch in der Lage, ihnen eine passende Arbeit zuzuweisen. Damit erklärt der Text die Existenz von kranken Menschen und bestätigt Enkis Überlegenheit. Manuel Ceccarelli liefert eine neue kritische Textausgabe von Enki und Ninmah bei liegt der Schwerpunkt auf der philologischen Analyse und der religionsgeschichtlichen Deutung. Besondere Aufmerksamkeit wird auch den humoristischen und satirischen Aspekten des Wettstreites gewidmet. 240p (Mohr Siebeck 2016).

Enmerkara und der Herr von Arata, by Mittemayer, Catherine - $132.00
Enmerkara und der Herr von Arata: Ein ungleicher Wettstreit by Catherine Mittermayer
Die sumerische Erzählung von Enmerkara und dem Herrn von Arata ist Teil des thematisch orientierten Uruk-Zyklus, der die Vormacht Sumers uber den fernen, an Rohstoffen reichen Osten beschreibt und zelebriert. Den Kern der Geschichte bildet ein intellektueller Wettstreit, durch welchen Enmerkara, der mächtige Herr von Uruk, und sein ostlicher Widerpart, der namenlose Herr der legendären Statt Arata, um die Gunst der ihnen gemeinsamen Gottin Innana buhlen. Das rhetorische Meisterwerk besticht durch seinen Unterhaltungswert. Die subtil gezeichneten Charaktere der beiden Kontrahenten und die wortgewandten Dialoge lassen fur den Adressaten des Textes in keinem Moment Zweifel an der Übermacht Enmerkaras aufkommen, und die unbeholfenen, bisweilen gar komisch anmutenden Reaktionen des Herrn von Arata tragen nicht minder zu diesem Bild bei. Die insgesamt 637 Zeilen von Enmerkara und der Herr von Arata sind in 23 Manuskripten der altbabylonischen Zeit uberliefert. Sie werden hier in Form einer Partitur mit rekonstruiertem Text, Übersetzung, Kommentar und zum Teil auch in Kopie vorgelegt. Die Einleitung bietet eine Textanalyse, in der neben der Struktur und dem Inhalt der Erzählung auch die Protagonisten und der geographische Rahmen des Geschehens untersucht werden. 378p (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht 2009).

Eršema Prayers of the First Millennium BC, by Gabbay, Uri - $121.00
The Eršema Prayers of the First Millennium BC by Uri Gabbay
The Eršema Prayers of the First Millennium BC contains philological editions of the Mesopotamian Eršema prayers, which were written in the Emesal register of Sumerian and often accompanied by interlinear Akkadian translations. The Eršema prayers are relatively short compositions belonging to the larger corpus of Emesal prayers, and they were part of the repertoire of a cultic functionary known as the gala/kalû. The content of these prayers, like that of the other genres of Emesal prayers, is usually lamentful, mourning the destruction of cities and temples. The book treats both types of Eršemas known from the first millenium BC: those appended to longer Emesal prayers known as Balag compositions, and individual Eršema prayers ("Ritual Eršemas"). Over eighty prayers are listed in an ancient catalog from Nineveh. This book edits them according to their sequence in the Nineveh catalog and on the basis of over one hundred tablets and fragments stemming from various provenances, especially Nineveh, Babylon, and Uruk. The book also includes editions of unidentified Eršemas and of other fragments that may be Eršemas. In addition to a score transliteration, a translation, and philological notes, the evidence for the ritual performance of each Eršema is provided. Where Old Babylonian forerunners and first-millennium BC parallels, especially from Balag compositions, are known, they are presented in synoptic transliterations with the Eršemas they parallel. 375p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2014).

Erzahlungen aus dem Land Sumer, by Volk, Konrad - $42.00
Erzählungen aus dem Land Sumer edited by Konrad Volk, illustrated by Karl-Heinz Bohny
English summary: Stories written in Sumerian probably represent the oldest surviving written literature known to man. Works written in Sumer in the 3rd and early 2nd millennium BC convey an enduring impression of people's lives: how they dealt with their natural environment, how they reflected on the origins of the cosmos and of existence, how they understood their mythically transfigured past, as well as how they dealt with the joys and adversities of everyday life. A wealth of literary images brings this long forgotten world back to life and the elaborate linking of individual motifs, which always eludes contemporary categorization based on defined literary genres, bears witness to a considerable degree of artistic freedom.
German description: Erzählungen in sumerischer Sprache sind die wahrscheinlich ältesten schriftlich uberlieferten literarischen Zeugnisse der Menschheit. Die in Sumer im 3. und beginnenden 2. Jahrtausend v. Chr. verschrifteten Werke vermitteln einen nachhaltigen Eindruck vom Leben der Menschen in diesem Land: davon, wie sie sich mit ihrer naturlichen Umwelt auseinandergesetzt, die Anfänge des Kosmos und des Seins reflektiert und die mythisch-verklärte Vergangenheit rezipiert haben und wie sie mit Freuden und Widrigkeiten des Alltags umgegangen sind. Der Reichtum an literarischen Bildern lässt diese längst vergangene Welt wieder lebendig werden, und die kunstvolle Verknupfung der einzelnen Motive, die sich immer wieder der modernen Kategorisierung im Sinne definierter literarischer Gattungen entzieht, zeugt von einer grossen Gestaltungsfreiheit. Die hier ausgewählten Erzählungen spannen einen thematischen Bogen zwischen Werden und Vergehen, zwischen Anfang und Ende, Leben und Tod, Gelingen und Scheitern. Illustrationen von Karl-Heinz Bohny - neben pointierend und verfremdend auf altorientalische Motive aus der Siegelkunst, der Rund- und Reliefplastik zuruckgreifenden Bildern auch ganz eigenständige Motive - bringen die zentralen Themen in einen konkreten Bildzusammenhang. 467p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2015).

Essays in Ancient Civilization Presented to Helene J. Kantor, by Leonard, Albert - $65.00
Essays in Ancient Civilization Presented to Helene J. Kantor by Albert Leonard and Bruce B. Williams
Contents: Tepe Chenchi: An Important Settlement Near Khorsabad ( G. Algaze );
Re-Examination of a Cult-and-Art Object from Beth Yerah ( R. Amiran );
Notes on the Style and Iconography of the Chalcolithic Hoard from Nahal Mishmar ( P. Beck );
A Recut Old Babylonian Seal with a Sumerian Prayer of the Kassite Period ( R. D. Biggs );
Comments on Small Finds and Items of Artistic Significance from Tell Hadidi and Nearby Sites in the Euphrates Valley, Syria ( R. H. Dornemann );
Village Potters in Early Bronze Age Palestine: A Case Study ( D. Esse );
Dämonen ohne Stammbaum: Zu einigen mesopotamischen Amuletten aus dem Kunsthandel ( W. Farber );
Hittite kursa 'Hunting Bag' ( H. G. Gueterbock );
God or Worshipper ( Th. Jacobsen );
A Royal Head from Luxor ( J. H. Johnson and D. Whitcomb );
A New Third Millennium Sculpture from Mozan ( M. Kelly-Buccellati );
An Early Industrial Proto-Urban Center on the Central Plateau of Iran: Tepe Ghabristan ( Y. Majidzadeh );
A Monster Mirrored ( H. P. Martin );
The Chronology and Ceramic Assemblages of Alalakh ( T. L. McClellan );
Crown Window Panes: Constantinian or Justinian? ( C. Meyer );
Mosaic, Glass, and Frit Vessels from Marlik ( E. O. Negahban );
Problems of Late Assyrian Reliefs ( E. Porada );
The Judean Desert Treasure from Nahal Mishmar: A Chalcolithic Traders' Hoard? ( M. Tadmor );
Urartian Bronzes Formerly in the Oriental Institute Museum ( M. van Loon );
Carved Bones from Corinth ( E. Vermeule );
Some Foreign Personal Names and Loan-Words from the Deir el-Medineh Ostraca ( W. A. Ward );
An Early Pottery Jar with Incised Decoration from Egypt ( B. B. Williams );
North Syrian Ivories and Tell Halaf Reliefs: The Impact of Luxury Goods upon 'Major' Arts ( I. J. Winter );
Ancient Egypt and the Red Sea Trade: The Case for Obsidian in the Predynastic and Archaic Periods ( J. Zarins );
Pottery Profiles Reconstructed from Jar Sealings in the Lower Seal Impression Strata ( SIS 8-4 ) at Ur:
New Evidence for Dating ( R. L. Zettler ).
393p (Oriental Institue of the University of Chicago 1989).

Exploration of Writing, by Daniels, Peter T - $29.95
An Exploration of Writing by Peter T. Daniels
An Exploration of Writing is a book about our alphabets, our syllabaries, and all the other kinds of writing that people use and have used for 5000 years. It introduces the general public to a topic that hardly anyone has heard about, so it clarifies basic linguistic terms as they occur. For linguists exploring the growing field of graphonomy-the study of writing systems-in which the author has long been a pioneer, it weaves together the many threads of theory into a tapestry showing a fuller picture of what all our scripts are seen to share. An Exploration of Writing begins with more familiar kinds of writing considered in unfamiliar ways-starting with English viewed syllabically--and leads the reader across the Old World and the New to less familiar kinds of writing, showing how all writings share a fundamental essence, however diverse they appear to be, because all writing represents language. The more familiar (Hebrew, Chinese, Korean) leads on to the less familiar (Udi, Pahlavi, Javanese). Featured are some of the world's most recently elucidated scripts, and some that are long known but long neglected, such as those for Central Asian languages, and some of the most recent interpretations of long-mysterious scripts, such as Sumerian and Mesoamerican. An Exploration of Writing is in the tradition of and in part a response to A Study of Writing (1952/1963), by I. J. Gelb. It encapsulates more than thirty years of the author's work and his dozens of articles on writing systems, ranging from investigating the physical process of writing to bringing to light the achievements of those who had deciphered forgotten scripts to developing a theoretical approach to the origins of writing which leads to insights into the nature of writing itself. 224p, maps (Equinox Publishers 2017).

First Civilizations (Second Edition), by Chadwick, Robert - $70.00
First Civilizations: Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt by Robert Chadwick
First Civilizations is the second edition of a popular student text first published in 1996 in Montreal by Les Editions Champ Fleury. This much updated and expanded edition provides an introductory overview of the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. It was conceived primarily for students who have little or no knowledge of ancient history or archaeology. The book begins with the role of history and archaeology in understanding the past, and continues with the origins of agriculture and the formation of the Sumerian city-states in Mesopotamia. Three subsequent chapters concentrate on Assyrian and Babylonian history and culture. The second half of the book focuses on Egypt, begining with the physical environment of the Nile, the formation of the Egyptian state and the Old Kingdom. Subsequent chapters discuss the Middle Kingdom, the Hyksos period,and the 18th Dynasty, with space devoted to Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, the Ramesside period. The text ends with the Persian conquest of Mesopotamia and Egypt. First Civilizations also contains sections on astronomy, medicine, architecture, eschatology, religion, burial practices and mummification, and discusses the myths of Gilgamesh, Isis and Osiris. Each chapter has a basic bibliography which emphasizes English language encyclopedias, books and journals specializing in the ancient Near East. 256p (Equinox Publishing 2005).

Garten in neusumerischer Zeit, by Focke, Karen - $287.00
Der Garten in neusumerischer Zeit by Karen Focke
Der in der Ur III-Zeit durch reiches Urkundenmaterial gut dokumentierte Nutzgarten hatte eine wichtige Funktion in der altmesopotamischen Gesellschaft, da er zur Sicherstellung eines grossen Teils der Nahrungsmittelversorgung der Bevolkerung diente. Von der Komplexität seiner Bewirtschaftung zeugen vor allem die vornehmlich aus Umma uberlieferten Texte zum Dattelpalmanbau. Die vielfältig thematisierten Urkunden erlauben zudem Einblicke in die Art der Bepflanzung der Gärten, die Auswahl der angepflanzten botanischen Arten sowie die Nutzung der erwirtschafteten Erträge. Neben Obst, Gemuse und Gewurzen erfolgte auch der Anbau von Nutzholz in Gärten, welcher fur den holzarmen Suden Mesopotamiens sicherlich von grosser Bedeutung war. Das Gartenpersonal zeigt sich differenziert, aber immer abhängig von der zu dieser Zeit allgegenwärtigen offentlichen Administration in Gestalt von Palast und Tempel. 1038p (Ugarit-Verlag 2015).

Glossare zu den Bänden Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts 1-3, by Maul, Stefan - $36.00
Glossare zu den Bänden Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts 1-3 edited by Stefan Maul
English summary: The series Cuneiform Texts from Assur with Literary Contents (Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts, or KAL), makes available editions of previously unpublished cuneiform texts with literary contents, discovered during the excavations of Assur, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empires, now in modern day northern Iraq. Beginning with KAL 4, each volume has a working glossary containing all of the Akkadian and Sumerian words, as well as the logograms that occur in specific individual texts. KAL volume 6, which is edited by Stefan M. Maul, contains thorough glossaries derived from the important collection of omens, descriptions of ritual practices, incantations, and other important historical cuneiform texts from Assur, which Nils P. Heeáel, Daniel Schwemer, and Eckart Frahm published in the first three volumes of the series and to which the glossaries are keyed. The glossaries make possible the quick location of parallel readings and duplications, which makes this work a critical tool in the reconstruction of the learned traditions in ancient Near Eastern cultures.
German description: In der Reihe Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts (KAL) werden Editionen der bislang unveroffentlichten literarischen Keilschrifttexte vorgelegt, die bei den Ausgrabungen in Assur, der im heutigen Nordirak gelegenen Hauptstadt des assyrischen Reiches, zutage kamen. Beginnend mit KAL 4 ist jeder Band mit einem Belegstellenglossar ausgestattet, in dem alle akkadischen und sumerischen Worter sowie die Logogramme aufgefuhrt sind, die in den jeweils edierten Texten vorkommen. In dem von Stefan M. Maul herausgegebenen Band KAL 6 wird der Wortschatz der wichtigen Omensammlungen, der umfangreichen Ritualbeschreibungen und Beschworungen sowie der bedeutsamen historischen Keilschrifttexte aus Assur, die Nils P. Heessel, Daniel Schwemer und Eckart Frahm in den ersten drei Bänden der Reihe vorgelegt haben, in jeweils getrennten Glossaren systematisch erfasst. Die Glossare ermoglichen das rasche Auffinden von Parallelstellen und Duplikaten, wodurch das Werk substanzielle Hilfestellung bei der Rekonstruktion der gelehrten Überlieferungen des Alten Orients zu leisten vermag. 100p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2015).

God Enki in Sumerian Royal Ideology and Mythology, by Espak, Peeter - $71.00
The God Enki in Sumerian Royal Ideology and Mythology by Peeter Espak
This study analyzes the divine concept of the Sumero-Akkadian deity Enki in its literary and mythological development through different periods of Mesopotamian history. Sumerian myths and theology related to the god Enki are influential throughout the history of the Ancient Near East. Several mythological motives from the Sumerian cultural area later reach the creation stories of the Old Testament and beyond. Through the Biblical narratives the ancient Sumerian mythology of Enki reaches the later Christian world, and therefore this mythology has become a part of the collective memory and culture of the present day world. Seven chapters give a diachronical overview of the relevant source materials (royal inscriptions, hymns, etc.) related to the god Enki and other close divine figures and religious phenomena from the period of about 2500-1700 BC. The last two chapters concentrate on the aspects of comparative mythology and archaic Sumerian religion. The relations of Enki and the Mother Goddess in the Mesopotamian religion and YHWH and Eve in the Old Testament are briefly analyzed. Some aspects about the decline of the cult of the Mother Goddess and several details of the political history of the Ancient Near East reflected in the relevant texts are discussed in the book. It is claimed that there is no direct conflict between the theologies of Nippur and Eridu (Enlil and Enki), at least when analyzing the available source material. 235p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2015).

Grammatical Case in the Languages of the Middle East and Beyond, by Fruyt, Michèle - $45.00
Grammatical Case in the Languages of the Middle East and Beyond: Acts of the International Colloquium Variations, concurrence et evolution des cas dans divers domaines linguistiques, Paris, 2-4 April 2007 by Michèle Fruyt and edited by Michèle Fruyt, Michel Mazoyer and Dennis Pardee
The volume contains twenty-eight studies of various aspects of the case systems of Sumerian, Hurrian, Elamite, Eblaite, Ugaritic, Old Aramaic, Biblical Hebrew, Indo-European, the languages of the Bisitun inscription, Hittite, Armenian, Sabellic, Gothic, Latin, Icelandic, Slavic, Russian, Ouralien, Tokharian and Etruscan. The volume concludes with a paper on future directions. 420p (Oriental Institue of the University of Chicago 2011).

Grammatik Der Sprache Gudeas Von Lagas Vol.II Syntax, by Falkenstein, A - $40.00
Grammatik Der Sprache Gudeas Von Lagas Vol.II Syntax: Syntax by A. Falkenstein Arbeit an der Grammatik der Sprache der Gudea. Band II.
Gudea (auch Gudea von Lagas) war ein Stadtfurst (Ensi) des sumerischen Staates Lagas, der nach gegenwärtigem Forschungsstand wahrscheinlich um 2141 v. Chr. bis ca. 2122 v. Chr. regierte. Er ist durch mehrere uberlieferte Statuen, die uberwiegend aus Diorit hergestellt wurden, sowie durch diverse Inschriften auf Zylindern und Kegeln - hier vor allem Bauhymnen - die bekannteste sumerische Personlichkeit und eine der bekanntesten Personen der Geschichte Mesopotamiens uberhaupt 252p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 1978).

Erganzungsheft zu Falkenstein, by Edzard, DO - $29.00
Erganzungsheft zu Falkenstein: Grammatik Der Sprache Gudeas Von Lagas by D.O. Edzard, W. Farber and W.R. Mayer Ergänzungsheft zu Grammatik der Sprache Gudeas von Lagas.
Ergänzungsheft = 'supplementary booklet'. Gudea (auch Gudea von Lagas) war ein Stadtfurst (Ensi) des sumerischen Staates Lagas, der nach gegenwärtigem Forschungsstand wahrscheinlich um 2141 v. Chr. bis ca. 2122 v. Chr. regierte. Er ist durch mehrere uberlieferte Statuen, die uberwiegend aus Diorit hergestellt wurden, sowie durch diverse Inschriften auf Zylindern und Kegeln - hier vor allem Bauhymnen - die bekannteste sumerische Personlichkeit und eine der bekanntesten Personen der Geschichte Mesopotamiens uberhaupt. 89p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 1978).

Hittite Logograms and Hittite Scholarship, by Weeden, Mark - $173.00
Hittite Logograms and Hittite Scholarship by Mark Weeden
The cuneiform writing system - as used by the Hittites in Anatolia in 2nd millennium BC for writing their own language - was composed of both phonetic and logographic writings. The logograms, most generally defined as non-phonetic writings of Hittite words, were derived from Sumerian and Akkadian, the cuneiform languages of Mesopotamia from where the Hittites inherited the script. In his study Mark Weeden investigates logographic writings in Hittite cuneiform as a phenomenon of ancient scholarship. Many Hittite logograms are used with different meanings, forms or functions from those found for the same or related writings in Mesopotamia. Analyses of these differences help to place Hittite cuneiform within the so-called peripheral cuneiform world and to elucidate the processes constituting the transmission of cuneiform knowledge into Anatolia. Additionally, it throws light on scholarship in the textually poor attested contemporary period in Mesopotamia. 693p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2011).

Inanna und sukaletuda, by Volk, Konrad - $54.00
Inanna und Sukaletuda: Zur historisch-politischen Deutung eines sumerischen Literaturwerkes by Konrad Volk. 277p (Harrassowitz Verlag 1995).

Klage ueber die Zerstorung von Ur, by Romer, Willem H - $76.00
Die Klage uber die Zerstorung von Ur by Willem H Romer
W.H.Ph. Romer offers a new edition, in German, of the famous Sumerian Lamentation over the Destruction of Ur. The volume contains transcriptions of all relevant texts published up to now, a translation and a detailed commentary on Sumerian words and grammatical problems of the text. 191p (Ugarit-Verlag 2004).

Kleinfunde von Habuba-Kabira-Tall, by Strommenger, Eva - $187.00
Die Kleinfunde von Habuba-Kabira-Tall edited by Eva Strommenger-Nagel and Kay Kohlmeyer
English summary: The early Sumerian city "Habuba South" is located in the region of Habuba Kabira-South, around whose perimeters archeological traces of earlier settlements can be found. The grounds further north of the old city were sporadically inhabited. During the course of the third millennium B.C.E., there later developed the settlement mound of Habuba Kabira-Tall, which up to the early second millennium B.C.E. mostly contained a few simple houses and a defensive wall. With the construction of the Tabqa Dam Project, the excavation of the site was predominantly reduced to the south-eastern side of the settlement mound. At that location, however, the earliest settlements of the city of Habuba South were finally discovered. This volume presents the complete publication of the mobile inventory from the long-lived settlement of Habuba Kabira-Tall. Especially because of the longevity of the settlement, the materials presented here should prove helpful in the interpretation of some sporadic findings from other archeological locations within the reservoir area. Naturally, the collection of ceramics, whose forms and decorations reveal a number of shifts and changes in the course of the settlement period, is particularly rich. There is an extensive inventory of decorated pots and bowls as well as numerous small religious figurines made out of baked clay as well as animal figures, chariots, furniture, and house models related to religious practices. Stone finds such as flour mills, casting molds for the production of equipment, needles, and workbenches for processing pearls provide evidence concerning material production in the ancient city. A pottery kiln and a number of discovered relicts also indicate occasional vessel production. The site contained no written documents and only a few seal-glyphs were discovered.
German description: Im Gelände von Habuba Kabira-Sud fanden sich an der Oberfläche auáerhalb der fruhsumerischen Stadt Habuba-Sud vereinzelte, etwa gleichzeitige Siedlungsspuren. Auch das Gelände weiter nordlich der alten Stadt war stellenweise bewohnt. Im Verlauf des 3. Jahrtausends v.Chr. entstand dort später der Siedlungshugel Habuba Kabira-Tall, dessen Bebauung mit meist einfachen Häusern und einer Befestigungsmauer bis in das fruhe 2. Jahrtausend v.Chr. zu verfolgen ist. Durch den Bau des Assad-Staudamms mussten sich die Grabungen vorwiegend auf den Sudosten des Siedlungshugels beschränken. Dort wurde schlieálich die älteste Nutzung zur Zeit der Stadt Habuba-Sud und unter ihr der gewachsene Boden erreicht. In diesem Band wird das bewegliche Inventar der langlebigen Siedlung von Habuba Kabira-Tall vollständig publiziert. Besonders wegen der langen Besiedlungsdauer durfte sich das hier vorgelegte Material bei der Interpretation mancher vereinzelter Befunde aus anderen Orten des Stauseegebietes als hilfreich erweisen. Sehr reich belegt ist naturlich die allgegenwärtige Keramik, deren Formen und Dekore im Laufe der Zeit mehrere Zäsuren erkennen lassen. Vertreten ist auch ein umfangreiches Inventar an Gefässmarken. Zahlreiche kleine Gotterfiguren aus gebranntem Ton sind ebenso wie Tierfiguren, Wagen-, Mobel- und Hausmodelle dem religiosen Bereich zuzuordnen. Steinerne Funde wie Getreidemuhlen, Gussformen zur Herstellung von Geräten und Nadeln sowie Arbeitsplatten zur Perlenfabrikation deuten auf Produktionsprozesse hin. Ein Topferofen und wiederholt beobachtete Fehlbrände verweisen auf eine gelegentliche Gefässproduktion. Schriftzeugnisse fehlen und die Siegelglyptik ist nur sehr spärlich vertreten. 480p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2016).

Knochen- und Zahnfunde im Indusgebiet, by Luebbe, Ralph - $26.00
Knochen- und Zahnfunde im Indusgebiet: Betrachtungen zur Abgrenzung des Fruh- und Reif-Harappa-Komplexes und seines sudasiatischen Umfeldes by Ralph Luebbe
In the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods as well as in the Bronze Age the culture of the Indus valley is among the first urban high cultures. Its surface area exceeds that of Egypt and Mesopotamia taken together. The largest cities were at a distance of up to 200 km from each other, while Mesopotamian towns were often just 20 km apart. As the early phases are usually compared to the Sumerian and Akkadian cultures, the respective research is pursued not within the discipline of Indology but is subsumed under Near Eastern Archaeology. So far the focus has been on writing and the material culture; an approach from the view-point of human biology and anthropology would provide a new understanding. It is too little known that excavations of this third high culture of Antiquity have brought to light a great variety of bones and teeth. Analyses of these finds allow an insight into continuity and breaks in the development of civilization. The osteological analysis of bones and teeth allows to draw a picture of the way of living, the customary diet, the preparation of food, hygiene, identity and the standard of living. One has just begun to call in the assistance of genetics and molecular biology. Disease pictures have been described that will be of interest to epidemiologists. Exemplary disease symptoms and recognizable causalities offer explanations for sequential processes and socio-biological connections. Linguistic observation cannot offer explanations for population leaps. It may, on the contrary, be more to the point to try and explain transmitted events (Aryan invasion, Rigveda) with the help of anthropometrics and gene pools. In periods of transition the development of homo sapiens in South Asia is marked by negative adaptation of stress; a reduced diet and diminished robustness are consequences of the farmer's increased dependence on carbo-hydrates compared to that of the hunter/gatherer. Mobility and a lower exposure to germs lie, to this day, at the bottom of a high "tribal share". Questions need to be answered concerning the beginning and the end of the high culture, preceding cultures have to be defined but also factors hastening the decline, such as tectonic events, lack of rain and monsoon or the salinization of arable soil. Modern tribal structures and strict caste rules prescribing endogamy are helpful for the analysis: they allow for hypotheses based on the limited exchange of gene pools among the population groups. In Neolithic societies, in Egypt and Babylonia war was omnipresent. Harappa in its heyday appears remarkably peaceful: no walls, no finds of weapons, no lesions on the bones. The high level of civilization ("water luxury") will be described as part of the historical development of rise and decline. It is worthwhile to give the osteological material - "thinner" in comparison with European material - a much closer look and develop surprising hypotheses. The study is meant as a concentrated but comprehensive overview about the state of the findings, from the standpoint of a medical man and a historian of the Ancient Near East. By the way, a German study of the palaeo-pathology of South Asia is still lacking. 122p, 70 images (PeWe-Verlag 2017).

Late Babylonian Field Plans In The British Museum, by Nemet Nejat, KR - $56.00
Late Babylonian Field Plans In The British Museum by K.R. Nemet Nejat
This study discusses a collection of seventy Late Babylonian field plans in the British Museum. The provenience of these tablets, when known, is with rare exceptions, Babylon, and many are dated to the reign of King Darius. They form a unified corpus and serve to fill a gap in our knowledge of the cartographic phenomenon of field plans, up to now attested only for the Neo-Sumerian, Old Babylonian and Middle Babylonian periods. With the exception of Text 23 all tablets in this corpus are previously unpublished. The tablets have been re-numbered in this study on the basis of the number of field plans extant on them and the dates of the texts have been converted to the Julian calendar 536p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 1982).

Leggo! : studies presented to Frederick Mario Fales on the occasion of his 65th birthday, by Bonacossi, Daniele Morandi - $133.00
Leggo!: Studies Presented to Frederick Mario Fales on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday edited by Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, Giovanni B. Lanfranchi, Cinzia Pappi and Simonetta Ponchia
Frederick Mario Fales is a distinguished Ancient Near Eastern scholar, currently teaching at the University of Udine/Italy. In this volume his students, colleagues, and friends honor him with numerous articles from different fields of Ancient Near Eastern and related studies: the history and historical geography of Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia; Ancient Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology; cuneiform studies from all periods and regions (Middle and Neo-Assyrian, Old/Middle/Neo-Babylonian, Babylonian literature, Amarna letters, Sumerian, Eblaite, Hittite); comparative Semitics, Old and Middle Aramaic, Phoenician, Ancient South Arabic, Old Testament studies, history of the early alphabet; an ethnographic study of the Ma'dan Arabs in Mesopotamia; and the problem of illicit trade in antiquities. Many articles are illustrated by photographs, maps and tables. The majority is written in English, some are in Italian, French or German. A bibliography of the published works of Frederick Mario Fales rounds off the volume. 891p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2012).

Lexikalische Texte aus Assur I, by Weiershauser, Frauke - $133.00
Lexikalische Texte aus Assur I: ur5-ra = hubullu, mur-gud = imrû = ballu, Lú-Listen. Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts 8 by Frauke Weiershäuser and Ivan Hrusa
Der zweiteilige Band bietet die kritische Edition von 123 keilschriftlichen Manuskripten sogenannter lexikalischer Texte, die im Stadtgebiet von Assur, der einstigen Hauptstadt des assyrischen Reichs, geborgen wurden und sich im Vorderasiatischen Museum in Berlin befinden. Diese zwischen dem 12. und 7. vorchristlichen Jahrhundert auf Tontafeln niedergeschriebenen Texte enthalten systematisch aufgebaute zweisprachige Worterbucher, in denen sumerische Worter oder Ausdrucke durch entsprechende akkadische Termini erklärt sind. Als solche legen sie von der langen, ins 4. vorchristliche Jahrtausend zuruckgehenden lexikographischen Tradition Mesopotamiens Zeugnis ab, die dort mit der Entwicklung von Schreibkultur und Gelehrsamkeit engstens einherging. Die Textbearbeitungen liefern fur jedes Manuskript die lateinische Transliteration, eine deutsche Übersetzung und einen Kommentar, in dem vor allem Probleme der Textrekonstruktion und der Übersetzung erortert werden. Die Glossare erschliessen den gesamten sumerischen und akkadischen Wortschatz der bearbeiteten Texte; zudem dienen sie als Konkordanzen fur diejenigen lexikalischen Werke, deren Manuskripte hier vorgelegt werden. Die Abbildungen von Zeichnungen und Fotografien dokumentieren den Erhaltungszustand und den epigrafischen Befund und vermitteln einen Eindruck von der fur diese Texte charakteristischen formalen Gestaltung. 568p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2018).

L'ornementation des dieux à l'époque paléo-babylonienne, by Maggio, Michèle - $98.00
L'ornementation des dieux à l'époque paléo-babylonienne: Étude du matériel ayant appartenu aux dieux d'après des documents de la pratique.
Réflexions sur le don, l'ornementation des statues divines et la conservation des objets précieux by Michèle Maggio. Michele Maggio examine des objets dédiés aux dieux et à leurs temples à l'époque babylonienne en Mésopotamie et en Syrie: emblèmes, meubles, armes, vases en or, argent, cuivre, ivoire, coquillages et bois. Le catalogue est basé sur une étude approfondie des textes administratifs et juridiques ainsi que des lettres. Un supplément traite du bilinguisme sumérien-akkadien et de l'influence extérieure sur le vocabulaire et la culture de la Mésopotamie. Au-delà de la période babylonienne antique, une deuxième partie de l'étude est théoriquement consacrée au don et à l'ornementation des statues divines. 245p (Ugarit-Verlag 2012).

Mesopotamian Goddess Nanaja, by Drewnowska-Rymarz, Olga - $39.95
Mesopotamian Goddess Nanaja by Olga Drewnowska-Rymarz
The objective of the present book is to give a comprehensive discussion of representations of the goddess Nanaja. An analysis of the role of this goddess and the perception that the ancient inhabitants of Mesopotamia had of her will aid in a better understanding of the entire pantheon of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. Following the example set by authors of other monographs of deities, I have analyzed cuneiform sources, which contain mentions of Nanaja, coming from many ancient citites of Mesopotamia and representing very different literary genres. To achieve a clearer picture I have refrained from chronologically dividing the material into millennia or geographically into centers where the goddess was worshipped. Instead, I have grouped together texts either of the same genre or which are close thematically, reflecting specific aspects under which Nanaja was venerated. 213p (Agade Publishing 2008).

Mon dieu qu'ai-je fait?, by Jaques, Margaret - $155.00
Mon dieu qu'ai-je fait?: Les digir-sà-dab(5)-ba et la privée en Mésopotamie by Margaret Jaques (Text in French, except for Hittite Prayers to the Sun-God for appeasing an Angry Personal God: A Critical Edition of CTH 372-74 by Daniel Schwemer, in the appendix)
The corpus of penitential prayers to the personal god that bear the signature KA-inim-ma digir à-dab(5)-ba gur-ru-da-kam "Incantation to return the 'tied heart' of the god" gives us an overview of how the inhabitants of Mesopotamia represented to themselves what we would call "private piety". Focusing on this corpus, this book includes texts from the genre's origin in Old Babylonian private devotion up to its use in official Assyrian kings' rituals. The Old Babylonian corpus consists of about 10 tablets in Sumerian that were excavated in various Mesopotamian cities. These tablets include only one prayer, addressed to the personal god. This prayer gives an idea of the wealth of metaphors used to talk about guilt, shame or sorrow. Identical metaphors appear in other similar literary texts and letters. The texts of the Assyrian corpus are either bilinguals (Akkadian and Sumerian) or purely Akkadian. Most of them were discovered in Assurbanipal's library in Niniveh. The Akkadian texts consist of a corpus of prayers in which the Old Babylonian prayer is the fifth one. This prayer derived directly from the ancient Sumerian digir à-dab(5)-ba and was incorporated into official royal rituals, where it took on the character of an "incantation-prayer". The other prayers of the corpus are found in different rituals like Bit rimki, urpu, ama-um-ukin Dream Rituals, and therapeutic texts of the SA.GIG series, magical texts and omen texts. The prayers were first published in 1974, but without the rituals. However, prayers and rituals should be analysed both individually and as a whole, while considering their connections and differences. The corpus of Hittite prayers to the Sun God from 13th century Anatolia, embodies isolated clauses borrowed from the Sumerian digir à-dab(5)-ba. The research published here considers the migration of these sentences from the Sumerian corpus to the Hittite texts, and analyses their use and interpretations in the new context. The Hittite texts are published by Daniel Schwemer in a separate chapter. The whole corpus is important for religious studies. First, it provides insight into private devotion in Mesopotamia, still a very little known topic. Second, the problem of evil is treated, its causes and its deflection or palliation. Naturally, evil is a source of emotions and the way these emotions are expressed in prayers has to be considered in comparison with other kinds of expressions in Mesopotamian culture. Finally, the way a text changes while traveling from one place to another and from one period to another has to be analysed. Study of this corpus illustrates how both historical and synthetic analyses can interact and support each other in order to enhance our understanding of religion in the ancient Near East. 470p, 6 illus. (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2015).

MSL Vol. 10 The Series Har-Ra = Hubullu. Tablets Xvi - Xvii - Xix And Related Texts, by Landsberger, B - $26.00
M.S.L. Vol. 10 The Series Har-Ra = Hubullu. Tablets XVI - XVII - XIX And Related Texts: Materialien Zum Sumerischen Lexikon by B. Landsberger, M. Civil and E. Reiner 168p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 1970).

MSL Vol. 15 The Series Diri = (W)Atru, by Civil, M - $36.00
M.S.L. Vol. 15 The Series Diri = (W)Atru: Materialien Zum Sumerischen Lexikon by M. Civil. In Sumerian and Akkadian with an English introduction. 228p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 2004).

mu-zu an-za3-se3 kur-ur2-se3 he2-gal2, by Baldwin, Jessica - $166.00
mu-zu an-za3-se3 kur-ur2-se3 he2-gal2: Altorientalistische Studien zu Ehren von Konrad Volk edited by Jessica Baldwin and Jana Matuszak
Twenty studies are devoted to the Ancient Near Eastern scholar Konrad Volk. Among others, C. Mittermayer and P. Attinger have established a score edition of the Sumerian composition "Enmerkara and Ensukukedana" comprising all known texts. C. Wunsch outlines the inheritance law in Neo-Babylonian and early Achaemenid times, W. Meinhold the Old Babylonian laws of adoption and G. and H. Neumann the genesis of the horned cap of Mesopotamian gods. A. Fuchs demands to clearly differentiate between the three Sargons: the Akkadian Sarru(m)-kīn/kēn, the Old Assyrian Sarru-kīn and the Neo-Assyrian Sarru-ukīn. M. Krebernik presents a new "Dumuzi Inanna Song" of the Hilprecht collection. 518p (Zaphon 2020).

Nanna-Suens Journey To Nippur, by Ferrara, AJ - $23.00
Nanna-Suen's Journey To Nippur by A.J. Ferrara
The composition entitled Nanna-Suen's Journey to Nippur (ur-sag-e, according to its incipit) is one of a number of Sumerian literary compositions which have been recognized as having a thematic similarity and have been classified accordingly as divine journeys. The compositions have, as one of their central themes, a journey (usually by boat) taken by a deity to a cult center outside his or her own province. A sizeable body of non-literary evidence suggests that journeys such as these were a central and meaningful practice of the Sumerian cultus and ritual journeys of divine images or emblems are well-attested in offering lists of the Old-Sumerian and Neo-Sumerian periods. 180p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 1973).

Narratives of Egypt and the Ancient Near East, by Hagen, F - $113.00
Narratives of Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Literary and Linguistic Approaches edited by F. Hagen, J. Johnston, W. Monkhouse, K. Piquette, J. Tait and M. Worthington
This volume aims to enrich the study of ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian narrative (understood in a broad sense to include 'story-telling' of many kinds), illustrating how research methods and perspectives developed within other disciplines may fruitfully be applied to ancient writings, and dialogue encouraged between scholars working on widely different periods and geographical regions. The twenty-one contributors employ methodologies from fields which include cultural history, narratology, and linguistics. The discussions therefore revolve around topics where the investigation of language (grammar and discourse analysis) intersects with the study of plot and story. Material is examined which ranges in date from some of the earliest writings in Egyptian and Sumerian to Christian literatures of Late Antiquity, and beyond, while the languages represented embrace those of Mesopotamia (Sumerian and Akkadian), Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic and all stages of Egyptian, including Coptic. 558p (Peeters Publishers 2011).

On the Third Dynasty of Ur: Studies in Honor of Marcel Sigrist, by Michalowski, Piotr - $75.00
On the Third Dynasty of Ur: Studies in Honor of Marcel Sigrist edited by Piotr Michalowski
The Ur III period (2112-2004 BCE) was one of the more significant periods in the history of ancient Mesopotamia for modern scholarship and for native cultural traditions and historiography as well. The centralized patrimonial bureaucracy of the time is documented by almost a hundred thousand known documents, and this was when much of what we know as classical Sumerian literature was first initiated. We would not have so many published texts at our disposal if it were not for the tireless efforts of Marcel Sigrist of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, whose scholarship and generosity are celebrated in this volume in twenty-seven essays by an international group of grateful experts on Ur III studies. The subjects range from the publication of new administrative and magical texts, as well as a new piece of the Sumerian King List, to studies of merchants, land tenure, court records, royal concubines, scribes, foreign bodyguards, and even of cuisine. 313p, b/w illus (ASOR 2008).

Organization Administrative Practices and Written Documentation in Mesopotamia during the Ur III Period (c. 2112-2004 BC), by Liu , Changyu - $178.00
Organization, Administrative Practices and Written Documentation in Mesopotamia during the Ur III Period (c. 2112-2004 BC): A Case Study of Puzris-Dagan in the Reign of Amar-Suen by Changyu Liu
This book aims to clarify the way that the Puzris-Dagan organization functioned, by providing a comprehensive study of its organizational structures, administrative practices, and the written documentation dating to the reign of Amar-Suen, the third king of the Third Dynasty of Ur (c. 2112-2004 BC). This study depends on abundant Neo-Sumerian textual data (c. 6000 published and unpublished texts), which constitutes a promising source for Assyriological studies of the political, socio-economic, and religious history of the ancient Near East. In content, this book covers the organizational structures and administrative practices of functionaries in the Puzris-Dagan organization, which consisted of one "central" bureau and various subordinate bureaus. Through a statistical analysis of text formulary and written documentation, it also contributes to the understanding of ancient Mesopotamian bookkeeping. Further, a prosopographical study of the enormous quantity of animal transactions undertaken by the Puzris-Dagan organization sheds more light on the relationship between the Ur III court and its peripheries and vassal states, which represents an important chapter in the history of ancient Near Eastern diplomacy. 471p (Ugarit-Verlag 2017).

Pacifying the Hearts of the Gods, by Gabbay, Uri - $106.00
Pacifying the Hearts of the Gods: Sumerian Emesal Prayers of the First Millenium BC by Uri Gabbay
Pacifying the Hearts of the Gods investigates the corpus of Emesal prayers, i.e., prayers composed in the Emesal register of the Sumerian language that are known from cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of the second millennium BC up to the end of the first millennium BC. In the first millennium BC, these prayers, which are usually accompanied by interlinear Akkadian translations, were divided into four main genres, natively called Balag, Ersema, Ersahunga, and Suila. The content of the prayers is usually lamentful, mourning the destruction of various Mesopotamian cities and temples, but it is not restricted to the commemoration of past disasters. The book examines the role of these prayers in the daily, monthly, annual, and noncalendrical cult of the temples of ancient Mesopotamia. It approaches these prayers, especially the Balag and Ersema genres, not only as texts but as part of a larger theological system that includes the ritual context of the prayers, their musical performance, and their cultic performer (the gala/kalû). Focusing on the first millennium BC, the book demonstrates how each element of this system serves the main theological purpose of the prayers: divine pacification. It also discusses the textual transmission of these prayers - most of which were included in the first-millennium BC series of kalûtu, "lore of the kalû cultic functionary" - on the basis of changes in the long litanies of gods, epithets, cities, and temples. Special emphasis is given to the scribal context of the prayers. 376p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2014).

Proso, Sorghum, Tiger Nut. Some Minor Crops in the Cuneiform Sources, by Dornauer, Aron - $44.00
Proso, Sorghum, Tiger Nut: Some Minor Crops in the Cuneiform Sources by Aron Dornauer
The so-called Fertile Crescent was home of some founder crops important in early agriculture: einkorn, emmer, barley, flax, chick pea, pea, lentil, and bitter vetch. However, research on the proportions and ubiquity of cultivated, measured, delivered, processed and consumed food crops shows a dramatic dominance of the cultivation of barley. Thus, one could assume that there was no significant interspecific but only intraspecific crop diversity and that Mesopotamian agriculture was a kind of a barley monoculture. In contrast, the plenty of cuneiform terms for cereal-like and legume-like plants might indicate some kind of biodiversity. Indeed, some cuneiform scientists specializing in crop plants and vegetables consider that some of the Sumerian še compounds, as well as their Akkadian equivalents, might be identified with millets, with some kinds of pulses such as bitter vetch and cowpea, or with some kind of tuber plants. Against this background, this study undertakes research on some Sumero-Akkadian taxa: In the first part of this study I evaluate some terms which several specialists propose to be millet or sorghum varieties: še'eštub (še-eštub) = arsuppu, šemuš (še-muš(3/5)) = šeguššu, šezahgebar (še-ne-ge-bar), šegunu (še-gu-nu, še-gunu3) = šegunû, še-ka, še-ka sig-ga = arsikku, še-ud-e-de3 = duhnu. In this context, the question that has to be asked is if it is possible that millets were cultivated in Babylonia as early as the late third millennium BC. To address this issue, the contribution of the Bronze Age Gulf trade in exchange for domesticated crops, including African and Asian millets, will be examined. Finally, the study discusses why, despite their excellent heat and drought tolerances, none of the millet species in arid Babylonia could displace the winter sown main crops. The second part addresses the question of whether the recently proposed identification of the Akkadian crop (se/ú'qayyātu with Cyperus esculentus, a plant that has been demonstrated to have been present in ancient Egypt but not in Mesopotamia, is supported by the cuneiform evidence. I undertake some more detailed ecotrophological research on the use of qayyātu as an intermediate in the production of beer and foodstuff. In this context, I also study some other semi-baked and fermented intermediates. 166p (PeWe Verlag 2018).

d.sára-ì-sa6 und ur-ba-gára, by Lehmann, Ulrich - $249.00
dsára-ì-sa6 und ur-ba-gára: Untersuchungen zu den Verwaltungstexten der neusumerischen Lagas II-Periode aus Girsu by Ulrich Lehmann
Der Gegenstand der Studie sind Urkunden aus Girsu (Telloh), in welchen die Personennamen dsára-ì-sa6 und ur-ba-gára auftreten. Die Urkunden werden mit Blick auf ihre Sachgehalte, prosopographische und andere Indikatoren ausgewertet. Die aus der Auswertung resultierenden Argumente erlauben den Charakter der Urkunden methodisch von fruheren, späteren und kontemporären ähnlichen Gruppen von Urkunden abzuheben. Die Chronologie betreffende Fragen werden in Auseinandersetzung mit der Forschungsgeschichte und der Debatte um Lagas II besprochen. 767p (Ugarit-Verlag 2016).

Sensing the Past, by Nadali, Davide - $92.00
Sensing the Past: Detecting the Use of the Five Senses in Ancient Near Eastern Contexts. Proceedings of the Conference Held in Rome, Sapienza University June 4th, 2018 edited by Davide Nadali and Frances Pinnock
The Archaeology of Senses and the Archaeology of Emotions are two most interesting recent trends in the modern studies about the past, aiming at enlightening the human experience of the archaeological remains and artefacts, which are usually studied per se or in their (inter)connections. Scholars of the ancient Near East from different disciplines - archaeology, history and philology - try to understand how people were presumed to react, or how they reacted in reality, using spaces, and looking at or using artefacts. The volume presents the proceedings of a congress focusing mainly on the use of the five traditional senses, and trying to analyze how each of them might have played a role in specific ancient contexts: The use of sight was common in the rituals of kingship at Ebla and in the choice of specific places for settlements in the southern Levant. The use of hearing was an important aspect in the rites taking place in one of the main 3rd millennium BC temples of Ebla or in the open air sanctuaries of Anatolia, whereas specific words for the definition of sounds are detectable in Sumerian and Akkadian texts. Special foods and beverages were used during ceremonies involving taste and smell - at the same time smell affects both private and public spaces - and archaeological evidence (e.g. sewage systems) shows how this issue has been managed and controlled. Small every-day use objects might have had also tactile properties; senses convey emotions and this aspect can be reconstructed from Mesopotamian texts. A peculiar perspective is provided by the analysis of the relation between public and artefacts in museums. 254p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2020).

Steine als Schutz- und Heilmittel, by SchusterBrandis, Anais - $113.00
Steine als Schutz- und Heilmittel: Untersuchung zu ihrer Verwendung in der Beschworungskunst Mesopotamiens im 1. Jt. v. Chr. by Anais Schuster-Brandis
The study examines the magical usage of stones in the first millennium BCE in the Ancient Near East. Chapter A (pp. 1-47) outlines the system of ANE mineralogy---chiefly based on the analysis of the lexical lists of ur5-ra=hubullu XVI and the "stone identification handbook" abnu ikinu---as based on the differences of stones in color and design, not on differences in Mohs hardness or other modern criteria. Even artificially produced "stones" were subsumed under Sumerian NA4 and Akkadian abnu. Short excursuses touch the significance of stones in the Lugal-e Epic and at the edge of the world in the Gilgamesh Epic. Chapter B deals with the practical side of magic: wearing necklaces of stone pearls, stones as parts of salves and potions, and using stones as apotropaica (pp. 48-58). Chapter C, the core of the study, examines the texts relating to the preparation of strung-bead amulets and necklaces, both their production and their usage in the realm of magical / medical treatment (pp. 59-186. Editions of some of these texts are presented in chapter D (pp. 187-390), supplemented by 39 plates. Chapter E provides the reader with a glossary of 119 Sumerian and Akkadian terms which were considered to designate "stones" (pp. 391-459). 490p (Ugarit-Verlag 2009).

Studia Mesopotamica, by Dietrich, Manfried - $138.00
Studia Mesopotamica: Jahrbuch fur altorientalische Geschichte und Kultur edited by Manfried Dietrich, Kai Metzler and Hans Neumann
Sergio Alivernini / Camille Lecompte: On the Field Plan TCL 5, 6060. A New Look
Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum / Grégory Chambon: Genealogie der Keilschrift. Geschichtlichkeit von Schrift im Alten Orient und altorientalische Schriftgeschichte im 19. Jahrhundert n. Chr.
Helmut Freydank: Texte aus Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta
Salvatore Gaspa: Silver Circulation and the Development of the Private Economy in the Assyrian Empire (9th-7th centuries BCE). Considerations on Private Investments, Prices, and Prosperity Levels of the Imperial Élite
David Hamidovic: Alphabetical Inscriptions from the Sealand
Jan Klom: Der Gt-Stamm im Akkadischen als Medium
Dan Levene / Dalia Marx / Siam Bhayro: "Gabriel is on their Right". Angelic Protection in Jewish Magic and Babylonian Lore
Nadine Nys: Scorpion-People. Deadly or Protective?
Takayoshi Oshima: "Let Us Sleep!" The Motif of Disturbing Resting Deities in Cuneiform Texts
Jeremiah Peterson: New Sumerian Literary Texts Involving the Gods Numusda and Gibil
Jeremiah Peterson: A Journey of the Boat of An to Nippur During the Reign of Rim-Sîn I
Ellen Rehm: Persica in Monachia. Objekte aus der Achämenidenzeit in der Archäologischen Staatssammlung Munchen
Ellen Rehm: Private Denkmäler fur die Ewigkeit. Stelen und Statuen aus den nordsyrisch-sudostanatolischen Kleinstaaten
Hanspeter Schaudig: "Wahnsinn" im Alten Orient. Zum babylonischen Konzept eines stark von der gesellschaftlichen Norm abweichenden und selbstzerstorerischen Verhaltens
Abkurzungen Index 439p (Ugarit-Verlag 2014).

Studia Mesopotamica 2 (2015), by Dietrich, Manfried - $142.00
Studia Mesopotamica 2 (2015): Jahrbuch fur altorientalische Geschichte und Kultur edited by Manfried Dietrich, Kai Metzler and Hans Neumann
Auch der zweite Jahresband der neuen Zeitschrift repräsentiert die ganze Bandbreite altorientalistischer Forschung. Neun Beiträge widmen sich unter anderem sumerischer Orthographie, mittelassyrischen Texten aus Kar-Tukulti-Ninurta, der hurritischen Lexikographie, Polychromie mesopotamischer Statuen, Trageweisen von Rollsiegeln, den Grundlagen einer sozialwissenschaftlichen Erforschung Mesopotamiens und einer altbabylonischen Bezeichnung fur die Arche des Atramhasis-Epos. 279p (Ugarit-Verlag 2015).

Studies In Third Millennium Sumerian And Akkadian Personal Names, by Di Vito, RA - $35.00
Studies In Third Millennium Sumerian And Akkadian Personal Names: The Designation And Conception Of The Personal God by R.A. Di Vito
The Sumerian and Akkadian Personal Names of the third Millennium show that the notion of a personal god, or personal gods exist from the earliest periods of Mesopotamian history. Although allusions figure more prominently in the Akkadian onomasticon than in the Sumerian, the idea is already well-rooted in both traditions at a very early date and presumably antedates extant written sources. 340p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 1993).

Sumerian Chrestomathy, by Volk, Konrad - $31.00
A Sumerian Chrestomathy: With the collaboration of Silvano Votto and Jessica Baldwin by Konrad Volk
A Sumerian Chrestomathy by Konrad Volk has been written for beginners studying Sumerian within the academic curriculum. The volume contains 44 texts of varying contents: royal inscriptions, legal, and economic documents dating from the Early Dynastic (ca. 2500 B.C.) to the Old Babylonian Period (ca. 1750 B.C.) when Sumerian was no longer a spoken language. Some of the autographed texts are accompanied by a version in Neo-Assyrian script so that the student can learn the Neo-Assyrian sign forms which are of fundamental importance for the use of the sign list in this book and, in general, for most Assyriological sign lists. Each inscription can be studied with the help of the sign list, which is intentionally limited to the signs that occur in this book. Reference is given to the most recent works in the field by R. Borger and C. Mittermayer. Also included are individual and detailed glossaries: General Vocabulary; Divine Names; Personal Names; Place Names; Sacred Buildings; Year Dates; Year Names; Festivals. These glossaries not only quote the lexical items found in the inscriptions but also give the Akkadian equivalents for Sumerian words and refer - wherever necessary - to the most recent Sumerological literature. (Harrassowitz Verlag 2012).

Sumerian Grammar In Babylonian Theory, by Black, JA - $31.00
Sumerian Grammar In Babylonian Theory by J.A. Black
All the works studied in this volume have been published before, with the exception of a few new fragmentary texts in the revised appendices 5.3 and 5.4. The present detailed investigation takes it as excuse that while these works are often called as witnesses in support of various philological arguments, no unified attempt to evaluate them in their context as the products of an ancient scholarly discipline has so far appeared. The Author tries to show that current analyses of the Sumerian forms into tenses or 'aspects' are based on a misunderstanding of the way the Babylonians set some of their tenses (or aspects or whatever they are) against Sumerian forms in these grammatical texts. Then the Author describes the various ways in which the choice of forms may operate in Sumerian, and finally makes a suggestion as to how these might have developed. Reviews by MJ Geller and by WG Lambert take issue with how Black merges together Old Babylonian, Middle Babylonian, and Neo-Babylonian texts. Lambert said that this thesis is the product of a lively mind but is inadequately informed on the complexities of Sumerian. 180p (Gregorian and Biblical Press 2004).

Sumerian Model Contracts from the Old Babylonian Period in the Hilprecht Collection Jena, by Spada, Gabriella - $106.00
Sumerian Model Contracts from the Old Babylonian Period in the Hilprecht Collection Jena by Gabriella Spada
During the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2002-1595 B.C.), the city of Nippur was a primary center for transmission of Sumerian culture, and its scribal schools (called edubba in Sumerian, lit. "the house of the tablets") had a great reputation throughout ancient Mesopotamia. The function of the edubba was twofold: to train the scribes in the skills of their profession, equipping them to record day-to-day affairs, and to preserve and pass on their cultural heritage. In the last phase of early education, pupils were trained comprehensively in the formal rhetoric of administration and law by compilations of the so-called "model contracts," together with "model court cases," legal phrasebooks and collections of legal principles. While they were not functional documents, but simply didactic tools (being stripped of incidental details, such as list of witnesses and date), model contracts follow the common patterns of Sumerian contract types and represent a comprehensive assortment of all possible transactions that the ancient Mesopotamian administration might have been required to draw up in everyday economic life: barley and silver loans; deeds of real estate, field or slave sale; marriage contracts; adoptions, and so on. The book contains the publication of the Sumerian model contracts from Old Babylonian Nippur kept in the Hilprecht Collection, Jena. The edition provides transliterations, translations, commentaries of the entire corpus and of some duplicates kept in other cuneiform collections; the indexes comprise personal names, deities, toponyms and a glossary. Finally, the plates at the end of the volume offer handcopies and photographs of all the HS tablets. 160p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2018).

Sumerian Poem Enmerkar and En-Suhkes-Ana, by Wilcke, Claus - $58.00
The Sumerian Poem Enmerkar and En-Suhkes-Ana: Epic, Play, Or?: Stage Craft at the Turn from the Third to the Second Millennium B.C. by Claus Wilcke
This thorough edition of a Sumerian poem featuring the hero Enmerkar makes use of many newly identified exemplars of the composition. In addition, in his commentary the author makes a good case that story and script were created for performance, posssibly at a specific event at a specific place i.e., at the drinking party King Amarsu’ena gave at the the house of the son of the 1st governor of Hamazi in the second month of the year Amarsu’ena 2 in the capital Ur. the text was intended to serve as a script for performance, perhaps the earliest known “dramatic treatment” of a traditional tale. 109p (American Oriental Society 2012).

Sumerian Texts from Ancient Iraq: From Ur III to 9/11, by Studevent-Hickman, Benjamin - $85.00
Sumerian Texts from Ancient Iraq: From Ur III to 9/11 by Benjamin Studevent-Hickman The 145 tablets presented in this volume are among a larger group of 302 tablets confiscated by U.S. customs which were being stored in a World Trade Center building when it was destroyed on 9/11. The 145 tablets, which come from an unknown site near Nippur in southern Iraq, are the documents of a high official named Aradmu that detail routine agricultural operations, including receipts and grain loans. The group was repatriated to Iraq in late 2010, after the tablets were conserved and the author had completed his study. The editions offered in this volume complete an incredible journey for the tablets and the stories they hold. (Lockwood Press 2018).

Sumerica, by Szarzynska, Krystyna - $15.00
Sumerica: Prace sumeroznawcze by Krystyna Szarzynska
Krystyna Szarzynska, Ph.D in Sumerian Studies at the Oriental Institute of the Warsaw University, has been conducting researches on the oldest inscriptions preserved on the Sumerian clay tablets originating from the end of the IV millennial B.C., mostly from the city of Uruk. The results of these researches permit to understand many pictographic signs, as well as the contents of various documents, and they enlarge our knowledge of the socio-economic life in the archaic Southern Mesopotamia.

Les plus anciennes inscriptions sur les tablettes d'Uruk. 12pp.
Ceramique d'Uruk d'apres l'ecriture pictographique sumerienne. 13pp.
Some remarks on the so called "Steingebäude" in Archaic Uruk-Warka. 4pp.
Names of Temples in the Archaic Texts from Uruk. 20pp.
Some of the Oldest Cult Symbols in Archaic Uruk. 20pp.
Archaic Sumerian Standards. 30pp.
The Sumerian Goddess INANA-KUR. 7pp.
Offerings for the goddess Inana in Archaic Uruk. 26pp.
Cult of the Goddess Inana in Archaic Uruk. 13pp.
Records of Garments and Cloth in Archaic Uruk/Warka. 14pp.
Archaic Sumerian Signs for Garments and Cloths. 16pp.
Archaic Sumerian Tags. 15pp.
Archaic Sumerian Signs Indicating Successive Days. 13pp.
Some Comments on Individual Entries in the Uruk Sign-List - ZATU. 8pp.
This book can interest not only specialists, but also a larger group of readers interested in the Near Eastern history of civilization. 224p (Archeobooks 1997).

Die sumerische Königshymne Šulgi F, by Lämmerhirt, Kai - $80.00
Die sumerische Königshymne Šulgi F by Kai Lämmerhirt
Kein anderer mesopotamischer Herrscher wurde so sehr gepriesen wie sulgi von Ur (2094-2047 v.Chr.). Die zu seinem Ruhm verfassten Hymnen, von denen mehr als 30 ganz oder teilweise uberliefert sind, galten schon im antiken Mesopotamien als exemplarische Vertreter der Gattung. Obwohl sich die moderne Forschung intensiv mit sulgi beschäftigt hat, liegen fur viele der auf ihn gedichteten Hymnen bis heute keine modernen Editionen vor. Dies gilt besonders fur jene Kompositionen, die wie die Hymne Šulgi F einen Umfang von mehr als 300 Zeilen haben. In Šulgi F wird nach einem umfangreichen Aufgabenkatalog fur den mesopotamischen Herrscher die Berufung Šulgis durch den Stadtgott Nanna und dessen Reise von Ur nach Nippur geschildert, auf der er beim Hochgott Enlil die Bestätigung des von ihm erwählten Herrschers Šulgi erwirkt. Der Rest der Hymne ist nur fragmentarisch erhalten und ganz dem Preisen des Herrschers gewidmet. Mit Band 9 der "Texte und Materialien der Frau Professor Hilprecht Collection of Babylonian Antiquities" wird die zwischen Hymnus und Epos oszillierende Dichtung erstmals auf der Grundlage sämtlicher bislang bekannter Texte vollständig ediert, ubersetzt und kommentiert. In einer ausfuhrlichen Einleitung werden zudem ein grundlegender Forschungsbericht und eine Inhaltsangabe der Dichtung gegeben und Datierungsfragen sowie der "Sitz im Leben" diskutiert. 160p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2014).

Sumerological Studies in Honor of Thorkild Jacobsen on his Seventieth Birthday, June 7, 1974, by Lieberman, S J - $15.00
Sumerological Studies in Honor of Thorkild Jacobsen on his Seventieth Birthday, June 7, 1974 by S. J. Lieberman
A collection of synthetic articles covering the field of Sumerology, including: Nissen on the geography of Sumer, Tom B Jones on the administrative archives, Edzard on the Sumerian oath, Diakonoff on writing, Civil on lexicography, and Sjoberg, Hallo, and Wilcke on different aspects of the Sumerian literary corpus. 316p (Oriental Institue of the University of Chicago 1976).

Sumerologie, by Romer, WHPh - $85.00
Die Sumerologie: Einfuhrung in die Forschung und Bibliographie in Auswahl. Dritte, aktualisierte Auflage by W.H.Ph. Romer
W.H.Ph. Romer has updated and revised his introduction to Sumerology and issued a third edition. The volume encompasses introductory chapters on the Sumerian people and their history and on Sumerian literary texts. The main chapter focusses on the Sumerian language, providing the ready with a morphological and syntactical overview. Each chapter is supplemented by refreshed bibliographies. 262p (Ugarit-Verlag 2013).

Tablettes et images aux pays de Sumer et d'Akkad, by Tunca, Önhan - $36.00
Tablettes et images aux pays de Sumer et d'Akkad: Mélanges offerts à Monsieur H. Limet edited by Ö. Tunca and D. Deheselle
Volume d'Hommage présenté à Monsieur H. Limet, professeur de sumérologie honoraire. Le volume contient des articles sur des textes sumériens et akkadiens, l'histoire et l'archéologie mésopotamienne. Papers on the sumerian and akkadian texts, mesopotamian history and archaeology offered to H. Limet, honorary professor of sumerology from the University of Liège.
Table des matières / Contents: Avant-propos - Bibliographie
- B. ALSTER, He Who Pays With Valid Money: On the Status of Merchants in Early Mesopotamia
- M. ANBAR, L'origine tribale de Zimri-Lim, roi de Mari
- A. CAVIGNEAUX, Miettes de l'Edubbâ
- M.E. COHEN, The Gods of Suburban Umma
- G. COLBOW, Die spätaltbabylonische Einfuhrungsszene. Zum Fortleben eines zentralen Bildmotivs der Ur-III-Zeit
- P. FRONZAROLI, A propos de quelques mots éblaïtes d'orfèvrerie
- W.W. HALLO, Notes on Neo-Sumerian Animal Husbandry
- J.-R. KUPPER, Les différents moments de la journée, d'après les textes de Mari
- B. LAFONT, L'extraction du minerai de cuivre en Iran à la fin du IIIe millénaire
- J.-Cl. MARGUERON, Mari à l'époque de shakkanakku
- O. ROUAULT, Terqa et l'époque des sakkanaku
- M. SIGRIST, Deux signes, sous-multiples de gur
- A.W. SJÖBERG, UET VII, 73: An Exercise Tablet Enumerating Professions
- A. SPYCKET, La rôle funéraire des ceintures à anneaux de coquille
- H. STEIBLE - F. Yildiz, Kupfer ain ein Herdenamt in Suuppak?
- M. STEPIEN, The Organisation of Animal Pasturing in the Light of Balanced Accounts, Inventories of Sheep and Goat Herdsmen from Umma
- M. STOL, The Reversibility of Human Fate in Ludlul II
- Ph. TALON, Un nouvel exemplaire d'un cône de Nur-Adad de Larsa
- M. TANRET, Noms sumériens ou noms acadiens
- M. TROKAY, Glyptique pseudo-kassite: glyptique kassite commune
- D. DEHESELLE, la distribution aklu à Nippur à l'époque kassite
- Ö. TUNCA, A propos de la genèse des orthostates néo-assyriens. 243p (Peeters Publishers 1996).

Textual Criticism of Sumerian Literature, by Delnero, Paul - $89.95
The Textual Criticism of Sumerian Literature by Paul Delnero
The occurrence of textual variation is a significant but frequently neglected aspect of the study of Sumerian literary compositions. The correct evaluation of textual variants and the proper understanding of how and why they occur is essential to producing reliable editions of such texts. Such explorations also provide invaluable evidence for the written transmission of Sumerian literary works and a wealth of data for assessing aspects of Sumerian grammar. Drawing from a detailed analysis of the different types of textual variants that occur in the numerous duplicates of a group of ten compositions known collectively as the Decad, this book aims to provide a much needed critical methodology for interpreting textual variation in the Sumerian literary corpus which can be applied to editing and analyzing these compositions with improved accuracy. 230p (ASOR 2012).

Theologie des Lobens in sumerischen Hymnen, by Gerstenberger, Erhard S - $168.00
Theologie des Lobens in sumerischen Hymnen: Zur Ideengeschichte der Eulogie by Erhard S. Gerstenberger
English summary: Sumerian literature of the third and second millennia BC presents, among other genres, a large number of hymnic texts. They mostly originated in cultic worship, celebrating power, prestige, benevolence of deities, kings, temples etc. Erhard S. Gerstenberger starts out with that archaic formulaic shout: "[name] be praised!" = "[dDN] zà-mí (cf. biblical allelujah). Thereafter he analyzes various laudatory expressions containing the keyword zà-mí. He shows that Sumerian praise is not simply a dutiful expression of awe in the face of supreme authorities. Rather, it signifies an effective transfer of power towards the recipients of eulogy. Enhancing and enlivening laudations thus cannot only be emitted from high to low, they can also proceed from the depths empowering the mighty. The human creature thus partakes in the formation and preservation of earthly affairs assuming his and her full responsibilities in all the mysterious interactions of personal and impersonal forces constantly taking place in nature and history.
German description: Die sumerische Literatur des 3. und 2. Jahrtausends v.u.Z. bietet auch zahlreiche hymnische Texte, die uberwiegend der kultischen Tradition entstammen. Sie feiern Macht, Ansehen und Fursorge von Gottheiten, Königen, Tempeln, usw. Erhard S. Gerstenberger analysiert, ausgehend von dem formelhaften, archaischen Heilsruf: "[Name] sei Preis!" = "[dGN] zà-mí" (vergleichbar dem biblischen "Halleluja"), die mannigfachen Aussagen des Lobpreisens (zà-mí). Er zeigt, dass es im sumerischen Lob nicht nur um die untertänige, pflichtgemässe Anerkennung von Übermächten geht, sondern um eine effektive Kraftubertragung von Seiten der Lobenden auf die Rezipienten der Huldigung. Stärkendes oder Existenz begrundendes Lob kann also nicht nur von Machtträgern ausgehen. Auch das Geschöpf Mensch nimmt am Welt gestaltenden, erhaltenden, heilsamen Preisen teil, vor allem durch Bitten und Loben. Es ubernimmt damit seine Verantwortung inmitten der geheimnisvollen Interaktionen aller kosmischen Wirkkräfte personhafter sowie unpersönlicher Art. 350p (Mohr Siebeck 2018).

Third Millenium Cuneiform Texts from Tell Beydar (Seasons 1996-2002), by Milano, L - $46.00
Third Millenium Cuneiform Texts from Tell Beydar (Seasons 1996-2002): by L. Milano, Walther Sallaberger, P. Talon and K. Van Lerberghe
With this volume the epigraphical team of Tell Beydar (Syria) continues the publication of the Early Dynastic cuneiform texts found during the Euro-Syrian excavations in 1996-2002. The tablets from Tell Beydar constitute the most important find of Presargonic texts from Northern Mesopotamia. A first volume with the edition of the tablets from seasons 1993-1995 appeared in 1996 in the same series (Subartu II). The 69 new texts include administrative documents, a considerable number of inscribed and sealed bullae and a Sumerian literary text. Indexes and additions to Subartu II close this part. Several studies, mostly by authors of the volume, concentrate on various aspects of the new texts: the archaeological context (M. Lebeau); sheep husbandry at Beydar; the bullae and their administrative use; inscribed seals and sealings on the bullae (G. Jans); women in the Beydar texts; the Sumerian literary text; Nabada/Tell Beydar in its regional setting (with J. Ur); and an overview of the Tell Beydar texts in Arabic by F. Ismail. These studies integrate the new written sources into the wider context of the history and culture of Northern Mesopotamia in the Third Millennium B.C. 132p (Brepols Publishers 2004).

Tierbilder In Der Sumerischen Literatur, by Heimpel, Wolfgang - $71.00
Tierbilder In Der Sumerischen Literatur by W. Heimpel
This is the 1964 dissertation, in German, of Wolfgang Heimpel and was the 2nd volume published in the Studia Pohl series. It consists of a 62-page Einleitung or Introduction and a 447-page Belegliste or Attestation List. The Belegliste section lists and discusses 105 animals with their Sumerian names and the textual context in which each named animal appears. Includes 8-page Sumerian word index and 10-page source abbreviations index. 544p (Gregorian & Biblical Press 1968).

Tradition and the Poetics of Innovation, by Brisch, Nicole M - $113.00
Tradition and the Poetics of Innovation: Sumerian Court Literature of the Larsa Dynasty (c. 2003-1763 BCE) by Nicole M Brisch
N. Brisch examines the literary legacy of the dynasty of Larsa, terminated by Hammurabi of Babylon in 1763 B.C.E. "The dynasties of Isin and Larsa -- fierce rivals in contending for hegemony over Babylonia -- rarely or never acknowledged their Amorite origins openly, but instead affiliated themselves with Sumerian traditions of royal legitimization. This becomes apparent in the literary texts of the Isin and Larsa rulers, which in all but a few cases were composed in Sumerian, a language that to the best of our knowledge was no longer spoken by this time. Thus, the choice of Sumerian for these compositions is in itself significant. It is only with the rulers of the first dynasty of Babylon (...) that we see the beginnings of a movement away from the Sumerian tradition and the replacement by Akkadian as the language of choice in literary texts. The Larsa dynasty, or more precisely its literary heritage, is positioned at the brink of this change from a certain tradition, for example, visible in the heroic literature on Sumerian kings, to certain new developments (...). Because of these innovations the Larsa royal literature occupies a unique position within the corpus of Sumerian royal literature, which is often perceived as particularly traditional. -- The study of the literary, historical and linguistic contexts of the Larsa Court Poetry is supplemented by the editions of 14 royal hymns and royal letters mainly of Sin-iddinam and Rim-Sin. 303p (Ugarit-Verlag 2007).

Traum und Welterleben im antiken Mesopotamien, by Zgoll, Annette - $139.00
Traum und Welterleben im antiken Mesopotamien: Traumtheorie und Traumpraxis im 3.-1. Jahrtausend v. Chr. als Horizont einer Kulturgeschichte des Träumens by Annette Zgoll
Annette Zgoll offers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of both Sumerian and Akkadian terminology of dreams as well as an overview of dreams as they are presented in Mesopotamian literature, royal inscriptions and letters. A third part is devoted to theory and praxis of dreams in Mesopotamian culture: incubation and interpretations of dreams, gods transmitting dreams, human specialists of dreams, apotropaic rituals. A fourth part provides the reader with a summary of all aspects of the study in a nutshell. 568p (Ugarit-Verlag 2006).

Ur III Incantations from the Frau Professor Hilprecht-Collection, Jena, by Dijk, Johannes J van - $92.00
Ur III Incantations from the Frau Professor Hilprecht-Collection, Jena by Johannes J van Dijk and Markham J Geller
This volume contains all of the Sumerian incantations from the time of the Third Dynasty of Ur (ca. 2100-2000 B.C.) housed in the Hilprecht Collection of Near Eastern Antiquities, Jena, along with some related texts from other collections. The edition of this important and difficult corpus of texts, which predominantly stem from the ancient city of Nippur, is based on a manuscript by the famous assyriologist J.J. van Dijk, who died in 1996. Van Dijk's posthumous manuscript was revised by Joachim Oelsner and enlarged significantly by Markham J. Geller. For each cuneiform text the edition provides a transliteration, translation and philological commentary as well as hand copies and photographs. The vocabulary is fully documented in a comprehensive glossary. 157p (Harrassowitz Verlag 2003).

Von seiner Kindheit bis zum Erwachsenenalter, by Bock, Ulrike - $119.00
Von seiner Kindheit bis zum Erwachsenenalter: Die Darstellung der Kindheit des Herrschers in mesopotamischen und kleinasiatischen Herrscherinschriften und literarischen Texten by Ulrike Bock
Bock untersucht das Bild, die Funktion und das Selbstwertgefuhl der mesopotamischen Herrscher während iher Kindheit und Jugend. Die Studie basiert auf einer Analyse der Motive der sumerischen, akkadischen und hethitischen Königsinschriften und anderer literarischen Texte. Die verschiedenen Stationen wie Schwangerschaft, Geburt, Kindheit und Erziehung spielen hier eine wichtige Rolle. Transkriptionen und Übersetzungen aller behandelten Texte werden im Katalog vorgestellt. 439p (Ugarit-Verlag 2012).

Wahrheit und Trug, by Lammerhirt, Kai - $188.00
Wahrheit und Trug: Untersuchungen zur altorientalischen Begriffsgeschichte by Kai Lämmerhirt
Kai Lämmerhirt examines the Sumerian and the Akkadian antonyms which are used to denote "truth" and "deception", occupying central positions within the value system of the Ancient Near East. His study is based in the realm of wortfeldforschung. In particular Sumerian zi(-d), ge(-n), si sa2, lul and Akkadian k-w-n, j-s-r, s-r-r, the bases themselves as well as their derivations are juxtaposed. An extensive collection of excerpts enables an in-depth study of the contexts. 926p (Ugarit-Verlag 2010).

Wie die Sonne tritt heraus!, by Lohnert, Anne - $70.00
Wie die Sonne tritt heraus!: Eine Klage zum Auszug Enlils mit einer Untersuchung zu Komposition und Tradition sumerischer Klagelieder in altbabylonischer Zeit by Anne Löhnert
Löhnert bietet dem Leser eine vertiefte Analyse des sumerischen Balag-Klagelied "utu-Gen-e-ta" (Wie die Sonne tritt heraus!") mit Transliteration und Übersetzung aller bisher verfugbaren Fragmente sowie einem Kommentar zu jeder Zeile. Beigefugt ist eine ebenfalls umfassende Ausgabe des Liedes "zi-bu-u zi-bu-u" ("Steh auf! Erscheine"), dessen 69 Verse gemeinsam mit dem besser dokumentierten "utu-Gen-e-ta" in Beziehung gesetzt werden.Die Studie wird mit einer Einfuhrung der sumerischen Klagelieder in Emesal aus der altbabylonischen Zeit ergänzt. 532p (Ugarit-Verlag 2009).

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