The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character

Harapang Pabalat
University of Chicago Press, 1963 - 355 mga pahina
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The Sumerians, the pragmatic and gifted people who preceded the Semites in the land first known as Sumer and later as Babylonia, created what was probably the first high civilization in the history of man, spanning the fifth to the second millenniums B.C. This book is an unparalleled compendium of what is known about them.

Professor Kramer communicates his enthusiasm for his subject as he outlines the history of the Sumerian civilization and describes their cities, religion, literature, education, scientific achievements, social structure, and psychology. Finally, he considers the legacy of Sumer to the ancient and modern world.

"There are few scholars in the world qualified to write such a book, and certainly Kramer is one of them. . . . One of the most valuable features of this book is the quantity of texts and fragments which are published for the first time in a form available to the general reader. For the layman the book provides a readable and up-to-date introduction to a most fascinating culture. For the specialist it presents a synthesis with which he may not agree but from which he will nonetheless derive stimulation."—American Journal of Archaeology

"An uncontested authority on the civilization of Sumer, Professor Kramer writes with grace and urbanity."—Library Journal
 

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ARCHEOLOGY AND DECIPHERMENT
3
HISTORY Heroes Kings and Ensis
33
SOCIETY The Sumerian City
73
RELIGION Theology Rite and Myth
112
LITERATURE The Sumerian BellesLettres
165
EDUCATION The Sumerian School
229
CHARACTER Drives Motives and Values
249
THE LEGACY OF SUMER
269
C VOTIVE INSCRIPTIONS
308
D SAMPLE DATEFORMULAS
327
E SUMERIAN KING LIST
328
F LETTERS
331
G DITILLAS court decisions
335
H LIPITISHTAR LAW CODE
336
I FARMERS ALMANAC
340
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
343

APPENDIXES
301
A THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CUNEIFORM SYSTEM OF WRITING
302
B THE SUMERIAN LANGUAGE
306

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