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The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition

Dennis Pardee

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264928
eISBN:
9780191754104
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

The discovery and decryption of Ugaritic cuneiform tablets in the 1920s has given scholars an insight into the development of alphabetic writing and the origins of biblical poetry. This book, based ... More


Digitising Cuneiform Tablets

Carlo Vandecasteele, Luc Van Gool, Karel Van Lerberghe, Johan Van Rompay, and Patrick Wambacq

in Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262962
eISBN:
9780191734533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262962.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Methodology and Techniques

In 1850, ‘Assyriology’, or the science of reading and interpreting cuneiform, was created. During this period, historians travelled to the Middle East and spent years copying cuneiform tablets. Now, ... More


The Expression of Terrestrial and Celestial Order in Ancient Mesopotamia

Francesca Rochberg

in Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226789378
eISBN:
9780226789408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226789408.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the various cultural contexts for mapmaking in ancient Mesopotamia, focusing on maps on cuneiform tablets and how they served as expressions of terrestrial and celestial order ... More


Introduction

Theodore Ziolkowski

in Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This introductory chapter briefly details the rise of Gilgamesh, a hero of a Mesopotamian epic from the third millennium bce, as a twenty-first-century cultural icon. It then traces the evolution, ... More


Price Behavior in Hellenistic Babylon

Peter Temin

in The Roman Market Economy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691147680
eISBN:
9781400845422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691147680.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter talks about Hellenistic prices in Babylon, with which a large data set has survived. The price data come from a vast archive of astronomical cuneiform tablets from the ancient city of ... More


Egyptian State Correspondence of the New Kingdom: The Letters of the Levantine Client Kings in the Amarna Correspondence and Contemporary Evidence

Jana Mynářová

in State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199354771
eISBN:
9780199354795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter analyzes the communication strategies of New Kingdom Egypt in its holdings in the Levant (Syro-Palestine) during the 14th century BC, taking its departure from the vassal rulers’ ... More


State Correspondence in the Hittite World

Mark Weeden

in State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199354771
eISBN:
9780199354795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses the evidence for the internal correspondence of the Hittite state during its so-called imperial period, c. 1450–1200 BC and analyzes the organization of long-distance state ... More


Gilgamesh among Us: Modern Encounters with the Ancient Epic

Theodore Ziolkowski

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450358
eISBN:
9780801463419
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450358.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The world's oldest work of literature, the Epic of Gilgamesh recounts the adventures of the semi-mythical Sumerian king of Uruk and his ultimately futile quest for immortality after the death of his ... More


An Imperial Communication Network: The State Correspondence of the Neo-Assyrian Empire

Karen Radner

in State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199354771
eISBN:
9780199354795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter focuses on the Assyrian Empire which from the 9th to the late 7th century BC dominated the political history of the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. The creation of an ... More


The First Account of the Flood

Jean Bottéro

in Everyday Life in Ancient Mesopotamia

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748613878
eISBN:
9780748653584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613878.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

On December 1872, George Smith, one of the first to undertake the deciphering and listing of the thousands of cuneiform tablets from Assurbanipal's library discovered at Nineveh, announced that he ... More


The Lost State Correspondence of the Babylonian Empire as Reflected in Contemporary Administrative Letters

Michael Jursa

in State Correspondence in the Ancient World: From New Kingdom Egypt to the Roman Empire

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199354771
eISBN:
9780199354795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354771.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, World History: BCE to 500CE

The Neo-Babylonian Empire dominated a large part of the Middle East from 612 BC, after the final defeat of its Assyrian rival, until 539 BC, when it fell at the hands of the Persians under Cyrus the ... More


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