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The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Edited by Karen Radner and Eleanor Robson

Volume 1, issue Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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The cuneiform script, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, was witness to one of the world's oldest literate cultures. For over three millennia, it was the vehicle of communication from (at its greatest extent) Iran to the Mediterranean, Anatolia to Egypt. The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture examines the Ancient Middle East through the lens of cuneiform writing. The contributors, a mix of scholars from across the disciplines, explore, define, and to some extent look beyond the boundaries of the written word, using Mesopotamia's clay tablets and stone inscriptions not just as ‘texts’ but also as material artifacts that offer much additional information about their creators, readers, users, and owners.

Keywords: cuneiform script; Mesopotamia; writing system; Ancient Middle East; clay tablets; stone inscriptions; artifacts

Book.  840 pages. 

Subjects: Classical Studies

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Tablets as Artefacts, Scribes as Artisans in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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Accounting in Proto-Cuneiform in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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Numeracy and Metrology in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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Levels of Literacy in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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Literacy and Gender in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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The Person in Mesopotamian Thought in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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Freedom in Ancient Near Eastern Societies in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

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