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Sumerian Literary Texts in the Schøyen Collection

Volume 1: Literary Sources on Old Babylonian Religion

Christopher Metcalf

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$99.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-1-57506-730-8

168 pages
8.5" × 11"
54 b&w illustrations
2019

CUSAS: Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology

Sumerian Literary Texts in the Schøyen Collection

Volume 1: Literary Sources on Old Babylonian Religion

Christopher Metcalf

The first in a series of volumes publishing the Sumerian literary texts in the Schøyen Collection, this book makes available, for the first time, editions of seventeen cuneiform tablets, dating to ca. 2000 BCE and containing works of Sumerian religious poetry. Edited, translated, and annotated by Christopher Metcalf, these poems shed light on the interaction between cult, scholarship, and scribal culture in Mesopotamia in the early second millennium BCE.

 

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The first in a series of volumes publishing the Sumerian literary texts in the Schøyen Collection, this book makes available, for the first time, editions of seventeen cuneiform tablets, dating to ca. 2000 BCE and containing works of Sumerian religious poetry. Edited, translated, and annotated by Christopher Metcalf, these poems shed light on the interaction between cult, scholarship, and scribal culture in Mesopotamia in the early second millennium BCE.

The present volume contains fourteen songs composed in praise of the various gods of the Mesopotamian pantheon; it is believed that these songs were typically performed in temple cults. Among them are a song in praise of Sud, goddess of the ancient Mesopotamian city Shuruppak; a song describing the statue of the protective goddess Lamma-saga in the “Sacred City” temple complex at Girsu; and a previously unknown hymn dedicated to the creator god Enki. Each text is provided in transliteration and translation and accompanied by hand-copies and images of the tablets themselves.

Expertly contextualizing each song in Babylonian religious and literary history, this thoroughly competent editio princeps will prove a valuable tool for scholars interested in the literary and religious traditions of ancient Mesopotamia.

Christopher Metcalf is Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature and Associate Researcher in the Center for Ancient Languages at Queen’s College, Oxford. He is the author of The Gods Rich in Praise: Early Greek and Mesopotamian Religious Poetry.

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