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Ancient Near Eastern Studies


Akkadian Texts 2/1

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

Seminar: Akkadian Texts 2/1

The course offers an introduction to more difficult Akkadian literary texts. Simultaneously, in the context of the text readings, detailed knowledge of the history of Mesopotamian religion and literature will be conveyed. The text readings usually emphasize the Babylonian Epic of Creation, the Erra Epic, incantations and rituals, hymns and prayers, omen texts, wisdom literature or lyric texts.

Learning objectives:
The student will possess detailed knowledge of the language of Babylonian literature and of Akkadian dialectology. The student will be able to transliterate, translate and comment upon (with regard to content and formal style) the literary texts read or assigned in class. He/she will possess the ability to transliterate, translate and categorise the content of more difficult Akkadian texts beyond the class curriculum with the help of dictionaries and sign lists.

1 research papers (3000-3500 words).