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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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AKKAD 6414 - [Akkadian Language IV: Assyrian Language]


(CU-ITL)     
Spring. Not offered 2017-2018. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: AKKAD 6411 AKKAD 6412 , previous Akkadian language instruction, or permission of instructor. Co-meets with AKKAD 3414 .

J. Tenney.

Assyrian is a dialect of the Akkadian language spoken and written in northern Mesopotamia from roughly 2000 to 600 B.C.  It is the language used by the traders of Karum Kanesh and the rulers of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.  There is no continuous linguistic record of Assyrian, but scholars have identified three significant dialects (Old, Middle, and Neo-Assyrian) during the two millennia that it was used.  The primary goal of this course is to analyze each of these dialects, the ways that Assyrian differs from the other major branch of Akkadian, Babylonian, and the manners in which the language and script changed over time.  Students are expected to show progress in reading cuneiform script and competence in utilizing reference materials.  We will read the Middle Assyrian Laws, harem edicts, Assyrian letters from Anatolia, a coronation ritual, omen queries to the sun god, letters from the Assyrian state department, and texts involving Urartu, the Levant, and Iran.



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