Embedded Structures: Two Mesopotamian Examples: Notes^{1} This paper is a slightly revised version of the MPIWG preprint Brunke 2012, which had originated from part of my work within the Excellence Cluster 264 TOPOI, 20082010. Thanks to Helga Vogel for making Jiri Kandeler’s lines known to me.
^{2} There is no need to give the precise mathematical definition of a (topological) embedding here. The essential point in this context is that no selfintersections of the components arranged in the surrounding space occur.
^{3} Photographs of VAT 9130 can be found in Nissen, Damerow & Englund 1993: 113 and as CDLI no. P010670.
^{4} For example, in the original publication of the tablet, Deimel (1923: 71 text 75) just states “RS unbeschrieben.”
^{5} For a nice introduction to this field see, e.g., Adams 2004.
^{6} The name “trefoil knot” comes from the fact that by connecting the two ends (head and tail of the snake), you obtain a knot that can be deformed into a form looking like a trefoil:
^{7} This is similar to a hangman’s noose, which in itself is an unknot. The situation becomes nontrivial only through the presence of a second component, a neck for example.
^{8} Of its graphical representation, to be more precise.
^{9} In view of Assyriologists’ use of the word “list” for a very specific text format in ancient Mesopotamia, Friberg’s expression “theme text” (see above) is more adequate.
^{10} For this list see Nissen, Damerow & Englund 1991, 153156; 1993: 110115, and for the autograph Deimel 1923: 71 text 75. For general information on lexical lists see Cavigneaux 19801983.
