LINGUIST List 14.3353

Fri Dec 5 2003

Books: Linguistics & Literature : H.-Dieter Viel

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Message 1: The Code of Hammurabi: H.-Dieter Viel

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 17:37:56 -0500 (EST)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: The Code of Hammurabi: H.-Dieter Viel

Title: The Code of Hammurabi
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH		 
Author: H.-Dieter Viel

Paperback: ISBN: 3895868604, Pages: 800, Price: EUR 102

Not due to a giant wall or a tower reaching the sky, but due to an
about 2,25 m high stela with laws out of black diorit which was found
on the akropolis of Susa in December 1901 and January 1902, Hammurabi
went down in history. The Code of Hammurabi (C.H.) represents the
largest coherent monument of the Old Babylonian literature and in this
respect for the testimonial par excellence for the classic Old
Babylonian language. The literature which has closed to the
publications of the C. H., takes in the right historical research an
extraordinary broad room. Although there are some translations into
different directions, transcriptions and handwritten drawings of the
code already exist. Who, however, wants to approach the topic in all
his variations must scroll into at least five different books. This
isn't only properly confusing but also very expensive. In the interest
the studying (perhaps however also the teaching?) I have conceived
this work in which the main emphasis surely is on the wedge characters
with all his variations in the Old Babylonian version. The codex
isn't represented only in Old Babylonian but also in the Neo Assyrian
version. All sign variants of the original code are shown and their
meaning named in list form (also the Neo Assyrian signs!).
Furthermore there are Determinatives, Sumero-grams also in Babylonic
as in Neo Assyrian. A short excursion in the Akkadic grammar is just
as contained as determinatives, rare cuneiform signs, representations
about the development of the writing, tables of the rulers of the
Ancient Orient and more.

Lingfield(s): Linguistics & Literature
Subject Language(s): Babylonian (Language Code: XAK)

Written In:English (Language Code: ENG)

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