Sumerian is one of the oldest written languages in the world. It is written in the cuneiform script, which the Sumerians invented around 3200 BC. More than 100,000 Sumerian texts have come down to us on clay tablets and stone artefacts, including thousands of historical inscriptions and literary texts. Most of these date to the period from about 3200 until 1700 BC, when Sumerian was the main written language of southern Mesopotamia. In this course we will cover the basic grammar of Sumerian and read a number of simple texts.
knowledge of the grammar of Sumerian,
knowledge of the basic vocabulary of Sumerian,
skill in reading simple Sumerian texts and analyzing their grammar,
knowledge of the basic principles of the Sumerian script and orthography.
Mode of instruction
- Seminar with mandatory attendance.
In total 140 hours, consisting of:
26 hours attending the seminars
52 hours preparing the seminars
20 hours reading texts independently
42 hours preparing for the exam
an assignment of a few texts to be read independently (30% of the final grade)
a written exam on the subject matter of the seminar (70% of the final grade)
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average. If the final grade is below 6.0, the written exam (70%) can be repeated.
- To be announced at the beginning of the course
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