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Ancient Near Eastern Studies


Akkadian Texts 2/2

Course identification: 04-AO-AKKL2/2
Class hours per week: 2
ECTS points: 5
Duration: 1 semester
Course offering: summer semester
Level: BA, third year

Seminar: Akkadian Texts 2/2

The course offers an introduction to selected dialects or historical stages of the Akkadian language. Simultaneously, in the context of the text readings, detailed knowledge of the history of Mesopotamian society, economy and law will be conveyed. The text readings usually focus upon archival documents and letters in one or two selected dialects of Akkadian (at least one of which being a stage of the Assyrian dialect). 

Learning objectives:
The student will possess detailed knowledge of Akkadian dialectology; he/she will possess knowledge of the structure and the rich forms of the Assyrian dialect of Akkadian. The student will be able to transliterate, translate and comment upon (with regard to content and formal style) the documentary texts read or assigned in class. He/she will possess the ability to transliterate, translate and categorise the content of more difficult Akkadian texts (including selected texts in the Assyrian dialect) beyond the class curriculum with the help of dictionaries and sign lists.

1 research papers (3000-3500 words).