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Winter School on Cuneiform Culture

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
13 - 17 February 2017


Outline


From February 13 to 17, 2017, there will be an intensive one-week workshop providing an introduction to the Cuneiform Culture and Akkadian language with many practical exercises. This special winter school is given by Cécile Michel, a renowned French assyriologist and project leader at the SFB 950 Manuscript Cultures who recently became a honorary professor at the Faculty of Humanities.

The Akkadian language was the main language of Mesopotamia from the middle of the 3rd millennium to the end of the 1st millennium BCE. It was noted with cuneiform signs like most of the languages of the Near East at that time. The course will focus on the Old Babylonian dialect, written during the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE, which corresponds to a normative state of Akkadian, and which most famous sample is the Code of Hammurabi (18th century BCE). Cuneiform writing, used to note this dialect, uses phonetic signs with a syllabic value, and a limited number of logograms.

The seminar will start with a presentation of the cuneiform writing systems (logographic, syllabic, alphabetical) and their decipherment, cuneiform manuscripts and inscriptions, the variety of cuneiform texts and their organization in archives and libraries, and the scribes and their curriculum. This general presentation of the cuneiform texts will be followed by an introduction to the Akkadian language and cuneiform script.


Workshop Info and Programme

The seminar will start with a presentation of the cuneiform writing systems (logographic, syllabic, alphabetical) and their decipherment, cuneiform manuscripts and inscriptions, the variety of cuneiform texts and their organization in archives and libraries, and the scribes and their curriculum (8 UE). This general presentation of the cuneiform texts will be followed by an introduction to the Akkadian language and cuneiform script (20 UE).

Classes will be Monday through Friday, 8.15am to 12.30pm.


Venue

The winter school will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us


Registration

Participation is free of charge and vistors are welcome.
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