The Harps that Once--: Sumerian Poetry in Translation

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Yale University Press, 1987 - 498 ˹
Sumerian, the oldest language known, is represented by hundreds of thousands of clay tablets inscribed in the cuneiform writing system. Most of the tablets are devoted to mundane matters -- ration lists, annual accounts, deeds, contracts -- but a substantial number contain examples of perhaps the earliest poetry extant. In this volume, the eminent Assyriologist Thorkild Jacobsen presents translations of some of these ancient poems, including a number of compositions that have never before been published in translation.
 

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The Harps that Once offers a generous selection of myths, epics, hymns, and laments composed in Mesopotamia between roughly 2500 BCE and 2000 BCE (so, 4500 to 4000 years ago). There are at least two ... ҹԴ繩Ѻ

PART
1
The Sisters Message
8
Let Him Come
16
Unfaithfulness
24
The Wild Bull Who Has Lain Down
47
Vain Appeal
53
PART
85
He Arrives
91
Enlil and Ninlil
167
Enki and NinsikilaNinhursaga
181
Inannas Descent
205
The Ninurta Myth Lugale
233
PART FIVE
273
PART
357
Hymn to Kesh
377
The Lament for Ur
447

Hymn to Enlil
101
The Nanshe Hymn
125
The Eridu Genesis
145
The Destroyed House
475
INDEX
489
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The late Thorkild Jacobsen was professor of Assyriology emeritus at Harvard University

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