Download Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History (Approaching the by Marc Van de Mieroop PDF

By Marc Van de Mieroop

Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of heritage discusses how the ample Mesopotamian cuneiform textual content resources can be utilized for the research of varied elements of background: political, social, monetary and gender. Marc Van De Mieroop presents a student-friendly creation to the topic and:* criticises disciplinary methodologies that are usually educated via a wish to write a historical past of occasions* scrutinises the highbrow historical past of old writings* examines how Mesopotamia's place because the 'other' in Classical and Biblical writings has inspired scholarship* illustrates methods with examples taken from the whole lot of Mesopotamian background.

Show description

Read Online or Download Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History (Approaching the Ancient World) PDF

Similar historiography books

Herodotus and Hellenistic Culture: Literary Studies in the Reception of the Histories

In a sequence of literary experiences, Priestley explores a number of the earliest old responses to Herodotus' Histories throughout the extant written checklist of the early and center Hellenistic interval. Responses to the Histories have been wealthy and sundry, and the variety of Hellenistic writers responding in several how you can Herodotus' paintings is partly a mirrored image of the Histories'own large scope.

Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization : The Fabrication of Ancient Greece, 1785-1985

Winner of the yank booklet Award, 1990. may Greek philosophy be rooted in Egyptian notion? Is it attainable that the Pythagorean conception used to be conceived at the seashores of the Nile and the Euphrates instead of in historic Greece? might it's that Western civilization used to be born at the so-called darkish Continent?

Frank Ankersmit's Lost Historical Cause: A Journey from Language to Experience

The modern Dutch old theorist/philosopher Frank Ankersmit, an erstwhile recommend and promulgator of what has turn into referred to as "the linguistic flip" in ancient conception, is especially renowned in the self-discipline. His early place in regards to the ancient textual content is usually mentioned and evaluated this present day, and his writings at the topic are frequently brought up.

The Debate on the Crusades, 1099–2010

David Hume, the eighteenth century thinker, famously declared that 'the crusades engrossed the eye of Europe and feature ever considering the fact that engaged the interest of guy kind'. this can be the 1st booklet size research of the way succeeding generations from the 1st campaign in 1099 to the current day have understood, refashioned, moulded and manipulated debts of those medieval wars of faith to fit altering modern conditions and pursuits.

Additional info for Cuneiform Texts and the Writing of History (Approaching the Ancient World)

Example text

Others contain such information within building inscriptions; for instance, Samsu-iluna recounts his conquest of the South before he commemorates the restoration of the city walls and temple at Sippar (Frayne 1990:374–8). Also in Assyria, royal building inscriptions, especially starting with those of Adad-nerari I (ca. 1300), provide the campaigns as a means of dating the construction: after the king had gone on campaigns in a sequence of years, he built a palace or a temple. What may have been the primary purpose of the annalistic texts, the commemoration of a construction, becomes almost an appendix to a long account of annual campaigns (Grayson 1980:151–2).

If these messages were properly read and interpreted, evil could be averted by imploring the gods to change their minds. Everything was of interest: the flight of birds, the patterns smoke made, the appearance of newborns, the movements of planets and stars, to name only a few things. : “If a man starts a journey and a crow stands on the right and caws, that man will not go where he intends, he will be unhappy” (Guinan 1989:230). Tens of thousands of such statements, some seemingly based on observation, others made up along patterns of good/evil, are found (see Bottéro 1992:125–37).

Often the absolute chronology can be extrapolated from this, as at many points, especially in the first millennium, we can anchor the sequence we have into our reckoning of years BC. This aspect is of little consequence for the internal history of Mesopotamia, however, and will not be discussed here (see Garelli 1969:227–39). LETTERS Letters on cuneiform tablets are also present in every period of Mesopotamian history except for the earliest. They have the great advantage that they are informative about subjects not treated in administrative and legal documents, and that they are more explicit, more immediate than these laconic records.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.85 of 5 – based on 40 votes