Sumerian 1

2018-2019

Course Objective

Acquisition of a basic knowledge of Sumerian and the cuneiform writing
system.

Course Content

You will get an introduction into the Sumerian grammar and its cuneiform
writing system. Sumerian is one of the oldest written languages on earth
(together with hieroglyphic Egyptian). Cuneiform writing was invented by
the Sumerians and then transmitted to the Akkadians. Furthermore,
Sumerian has deeply influenced Akkadian (and vice versa) as the two
languages were in close contact in southern Mesopotamia in the 4th and
3rd millennia BC.

Teaching Methods

Combination of lecture and seminar in which students read and translate
text.

Method of Assessment

Written exam.

Entry Requirements

We recommend a knowledge of Akkadian and cuneiform but students without
this knowledge who are willing to prepare themselves in the summer break
before the start of this course will be allowed to participate. Please
contact the instructor latest in June 2018 to receive self-study
material.

Literature

Will be announced via Canvas.

Target Audience

BA-students in Ancient Studies, History, Religion, Linguistics. Students
interested in ancient languages.

Recommended background knowledge

We recommend a knowledge of Akkadian and cuneiform but students without
this knowledge who are willing to prepare themselves in the summer break
before the start of this course will be allowed to participate. Please
contact the instructor latest in June 2018 to receive self-study
material.

General Information

Course Code L_SABAALG003
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator prof. dr. K. Kleber
Examiner prof. dr. K. Kleber
Teaching Staff prof. dr. K. Kleber

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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