R. K. Englund, Spring 2014: Semitics 141



SEM 141: Advanced Akkadian Seminar, three hours. Prerequisite: Introductory Akkadian series, or consent of instructor. The Mari texts, with emphasis on grammar and cuneiform script; CDLI-conformant transliterations/translations of Akkadian texts.
Instruction hours:
Tuesdays 5:00-8:00 PM (first session: 1 April),
Humanities 367 (Gelb Library)
Office hours: Tu 1-2 PM Humanities 396,
or appointment 825 8506 or englund@ucla.edu.
Recommended
reading:
General:
  • A. Parrot, Mari: capitale fabuleuse (Paris 1974)
  • S. Dalley, Mari and Karana (London 1984)
  • A. Finet, L’accadien des lettres de Mari (general grammar of Mari letters; Brussels 1956)
  • Wu Yuhong, A Political History of Eshnunna, Mari and Assyria (1994)
  • B. Groneberg, Die Orts- und Gewässernamen der altbabylonischen Zeit (=Répertoire géographique de textes cunéiformes 3; Wiesbaden 1980)
  • W. Heimpel, Letters to the King of Mari: A New Translation, With Historical Introduction, Notes, and Commentary (=Mesopotamian Civilizations 12; Eisenbrauns 2003)

    Text publications:
  • TCL 22ff. = ARM 1ff.
  • ARMT
  • MARI (Mari, annales de reserche interdisciplinaires)

    Signlists:
  • R. Labat, Manuel d’epigraphie akkadienne (Paris 1971)
  • R. Borger, Assyrisch-Babylonische Zeichenliste (=AOAT 33/33A; Neukirchen-Vluyn 1981)
  • ________, Mesopotamisches Zeichenlexikon (=AOAT 305; Muenster 2004)
  • Text readings:
  • ARM 1, nos. 18, 50, 69, 74, 93, 115;
  • ARM 2, nos. 22, 33, 37, 57, 71, 97, 98, 99, 118, 121, 122, 126, 133, 134;
  • ARM 3, no. 78;
  • ARM 4, nos. 25, 26, 51, 54;
  • ARM 5, nos. 5, 20, 65, 83 (letters)
  • ARM 3, 40;
  • ARM 10, nos. 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 (prophetic letters)
  • ARM 26, nos. 4, 5, 7, 111, 113, 220 (letters to the Mari king)
  • RA 78, 30-35, no. 06 (doubling payments for one month)
  • Presentations:
  • April 22: Price, Mari Metrology
  • April 29: Ajango, Archives and name associations
  • May 6a: Guerra, Suteans & Mari gentilics
  • May 6b: Reynolds, Animals
  • May 13: Ben-Marzouk, Military terminology
  • May 20: Washburn, Prosopography
  • May 27: Jones, Omina
  • Grading:
  • Final exam 40%.
  • Class participation (with submission of CDLI-ATF transliterations & translations), short (15 minutes) presentation of a grammatical or orthographic problem 60%.
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