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The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture
The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. ...more
Hardcover, 805 pages
Published November 14th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
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So glad I scrimped and saved, and finally obtained this volume. It's by far one of the best resources on the Ancient Near East that I have ever read. It covers a wide range of topics about ANE culture, from literacy to judicial processes and the concept of freedom in Sumerian society (one of the best essays in the text!), and I was impressed by the rich level of detail in the essays. It was enormously helpful in my research, and while the list price is expensive, it's an essential addition to an ...more
A voluminous collection of essays dealing with every aspect of the culture of the "cuneiform world" from food to education to political organization to music. Very readable and extensive in its coverage and throughly up-to-date.