Theme for this academic year: Old Akkadian
Old Akkadian is the Semitic language of Mesopotamia during the 3rd millennium B.C. Most of the sources date to the period of the Akkadian Empire with such famous kings as Sargon and Naram-Sin (ca. 2350-2150). In this seminar we will read texts written in the Old Akkadian dialect. The texts contain royal inscriptions, letters, and also a literary text. They can be quite difficult, because the orthography is not as sophisticated as in the second millennium. A number of sounds of the Old Akkadian dialect cannot be expressed in the Sumerian script. Consequently, knowledge of later dialects such as Old Babylonian is required.
- The ability to decipher, transliterate and translate cuneiform texts from the selected period.
- Knowledge of the historical development, function and cultural context of the selected texts.
Please consult the timetable on the Classics and Ancient Civilizations website.
Mode of instruction
Total study load: 280 hours
- Class: 28 hours
- Translating independently: ca. 42 hours
- Reading literature: ca. 40 hours
- Writing essays: ca. 56 hours
- Writing the final essay: ca. 114 hours
The final grade will be composed of:
- essays (60%)
- grade for the presentation (40%)
- To be announced in class