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Course: Akkadian Grammar and the Epic of Gilgamesh
Old Babylonian (2000-1500 BCE), the classical form of Akkadian, has a uniform grammar written in clear and simple signs. It frames the grammatical and literary foundation of the Epic of Gilgamesh and subsequent Akkadian literature.
In Akkadian 1, students will achieve a beginning level of skill in the language.
Courses begin in May 2016.
Richard Jude Thompson, Ph.D. (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard 2011).
Language of Instruction
- Huehnergard, John. A Grammar of Akkadian, third edition. Harvard Semitic Studies 45. Published by Eisenbrauns, 2011.
- -----. Key to A Grammar of Akkadian, third edition. HSS 46. Eisenbrauns, 2013.
- Parpola, Simo. The Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. State Archives of Assyrian Cuneiform Texts, vol. 1. Cuneiform Text, Transliteration, Glossary, Indices, and Sign List. Published by The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, University of Helsinki, 1997.
About the Course
The thirty-week course covers the first 12 lessons of A Grammar of Akkadian, including phonetics, syllabification principles, and basic grammatical structures, as well as the first thirty lines of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Completion of Akkadian 1 will prepare the student to take the next course, Akkadian 2.
The thirty-week course costs $1,200 USD, not including the cost of text books. If after two class sessions you wish to drop the course, we will refund you $1,000.
For the course syllabus, please contact Professor Richard Jude Thompson, Ph.D.