The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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Karen Radner, Eleanor Robson
Oxford University Press, Sep 22, 2011 - History - 805 pages
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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. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions not just as 'texts' but also as material artefacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users and owners.
  

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Contents

PART I MATERIALITY AND LITERACIES
1
PART II INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES
113
PART III EXPERTS AND NOVICES
225
PART IV DECISIONS
331
PART V INTERPRETATIONS
443
PART VI MAKING KNOWLEDGE
553
PART VII SHAPING TRADITION
659
Index
775
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Karen Radneris Reader in Ancient Near Eastern History, University College London.

Eleanor Robsonis Reader in Ancient Middle Eastern Science, University of Cambridge

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