The Harps that Once--: Sumerian Poetry in Translation

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Yale University Press, 1997 - 498 ˹
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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. "What a wonderful bouquet; a gift to us all from a master Sumeriologist, a singer of human achievement, and a lover of words. Jacobsen needs no introduction and this work is special, and should be found in the home of all human and literate persons. It gives access to the mind of ancient Mesopotamia in a manner rarely duplicated heretofore ... Jacobsen has chosen widely from Sumer's rich literature- myth, epics, hymns, boasts, epithalamia, love songs, lamentations, fables- nad has presented us with perspective renderings". Jack M. Sasson, Religious Studies Review.
 

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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

The Sisters Message
8
Unfaithfulness
24
The Wild Bull Who Has Lain Down
47
PART
85
Hymn to Enlil
101
The Nanshe Hymn
125
The Eridu Genesis
145
Enlil and Ninlil
167
The Ninurta Myth Lugale
233
Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta
275
Lugalbanda and the Thunderbird
320
Gilgamesh and Aka
345
The Cursing of Akkade
359
Hymn to Kesh
377
The Lament for Ur
447
The Destroyed House
475

Enki and NinsikilaNinhursaga
181
Inannas Descent
205

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The late Thorkild Jacobsen was professor of Assyriology emeritus at Harvard University

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