The Literature of Ancient Sumer (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Literature of Ancient Sumer Sumerian is the oldest written language of ancient Iraq. Its literature, encompassing narrative myths, lyrical hymns, proverbs, and love poetry, provides a stimulating insight into the world's first urban civilization. Written in English, these translations are a comprehensive collection of the world's first literature.
- Published: 10 February 2005
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199263110 ISBN 10: 0199263116
Full description for The Literature of Ancient Sumer
This anthology of Sumerian literature constitutes the most comprehensive collection ever published, and includes examples of most of the different types of composition written in the language, from narrative myths and lyrical hymns to proverbs and love poetry. The translations have benefited both from the work of many scholars and from our ever-increasing understanding of Sumerian. In addition to reflecting the advances made by modern scholarship, the translations are written in clear, accessible English. An extensive introduction discusses the literary qualities of the works, the people who created and copied them in ancient Iraq, and how the study of Sumerian literature has evolved over the last 150 years.