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Huehnergard's grammar is excellent. Divided into 38 lessons with more than ample numbers of exercises, this Akkadian grammar (focusing on the Old Babylonian dialect) provides an excellent basis for entry into Akkadian texts. Beginning quite early on, the texts which are translated and provided by the lessons are drawn directly from actual texts such as the Law Collection of Hammurapi, extispacy texts, and even narratives. By the end of the grammar, students are translating directly from the cune ...more
I have only used the prepublished version, but it was the textbook for my second year Akkadian class. It was used by the first year class too, but I started with the second year class since first year class was not offered at Harvard that year. Being nervous about not having taken the first year, I was grateful for Professor Huehnergard's well presented grammar and texts that enabled me to autodidactically catch up with the rest of the class members who had taken the first year course. It is an ...more
A great introductory text for learning Cuneiform, Akkadian, and Sumerian logograms; however, be prepared for some confusion. The book makes no attempt to ease you into intricate grammar constructs, so be prepared for some hard hitting stuff right off the bat. That being said, you'll find a lot of valuable lessons that will improve your own grasp of grammar, and on top of that, you'll get to read one of the first languages to exist in the world, which has a wealth of amazing literature still untr ...more
A fantastic resource, but unrealistic to get done, even in a calendar year. Dialect-wise, he restricts himself to Old Babylonian, but he wants you to learn all the cuneiform from nearly-Sumerian to Neo-Akkadian, which is way to much. This is a fine book, but nothing something to tackle by yourself. If language books are spectrum, with the left edge being easy to learn but not something you will consult in years to come, and the right edge being very difficult but a lifelong references, this book ...more