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Title: Handbook of Ugaritic Studies
Written By: W.G.E. Watson
N. Wyatt
URL: http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=10&pid=8707
Series Title: Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 1: The Near and Middle East
Description:

Over the past seven decades, the scores of publications on Ugarit in
Northern Syria (15th to 11th centuries BCE) are so scattered that a good
overall view of the subject is virtually impossible. Wilfred Watson and
Nicolas Wyatt, the editors of the present Handbook in the series Handbook
of Oriental Studies, have brought together and made accessible this
accumulated knowledge on the archives from Ugarit, called 'the foremost
literary discovery of the twentieth century' by Cyrus Gordon.

In 16 chapters a careful selection of specialists in the field deal with
all important aspects of Ugarit, such as the discovery and decipherment of
a previously unknown script (alphabetic cuneiform) used to write both the
local language (Ugaritic) and Hurrian and its grammar, vocabulary and
style; documents in other languages (including Akkadian and Hittite), as
well as the literature and letters, culture, economy, social life,
religion, history and iconography of the ancient kingdom of Ugarit. A
chapter on computer analysis of these documents concludes the work. This
first such wide-ranging survey, which includes recent scholarship, an
extensive up-to-date bibliography, illustrations and maps, will be of
particular use to those studying the history, religion, cultures and
languages of the ancient Near East, and also of the Bible and to all those
interested in the background to Greek and Phoenician cultures.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Writing Systems
Subject Language(s): Hurrian
Ugaritic

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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004109889
ISBN-13: 9789004109889
Pages: xiv
Prices: U.S. $ 362
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