Ugaritic Literary Composition

Dennis Pardee

in The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264928
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754104 | DOI:

Series: Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

Ugaritic Literary Composition

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Chapter 1 attempted a rough sketch of the uses of writing at Ugarit and, particularly, of the types of texts that are attested in the alphabetic script and the Ugaritic language. It showed that of the roughly 175 religious texts, only about fifty may be qualified as belletristic; virtually all of these are couched in poetry and all deal with aspects of the divine. It would be impossible to cover all of these texts even superficially in the space allotted, and, instead of flitting from one to another in a selection of these texts, this chapter concentrates on the longest literary composition from Ugarit, the six tablets making up the so-called Baal Cycle.

Keywords: Ugaritic texts; Ugaritic language; Ugarit; tablets; Baal Cycle

Chapter.  19568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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