Course identification: 04-AO-AKKL1/2
Class hours per week: 2
ECTS points: 5
Duration: 1 semester
Course offering: summer semester
Level: BA, second year
Seminar: Akkadian Texts 1/2
The course offers an introduction to the younger literary language of Akkadian, so-called Neo-Babylonian (Standard Babylonian). The readings emphasize royal inscriptions, especially from the Neo-Assyrian period. Inscriptions of the Sargonid kings (Sennacherib, Esarhaddon or Assurbanipal) form the central part of the curriculum. Knowledge of the history of the ancient Near East in the 1st millennium BC will be conveyed through the text readings.
The student should possess knowledge of the structure and characteristics of Neo-Babylonian (Standard Babylonian), with special emphasis on the criteria which are decisive for the analysis of forms. He/She will be able to transliterate and translate the Neo-Babylonian literary and historical texts assigned in class, and comment upon their content, form and style. With the help of dictionaries and sign lists, he/she will also be able to transliterate, translate and classify the contents of Neo-Babylonian texts beyond the class curriculum.
1 research paper (3000-3500 words).