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Babylonian and Assyrian Text Commentaries. Origins of Interpretation.
Münster: Ugarit-Verlag 2011. XI, 483 S. 24,0 x 17,0 cm = Guides to the Mesopotamian Textual Record, 5. Kart. EUR 56,00. ISBN 978-3-86835-056-2.
This compendious volume originated as a Heidelberg Habilitation thesis and now in a revised and expanded form provides for the first time a monograph devoted entirely to the subject of the Babylonian commentaries. The only other monograph on the topic is the Commentaires Assyro-Babyloniens sur les Présages (1933) of René Labat, which, as its title implies, only deals with a certain category of texts. The book was inspired by Volume XLI of the series Cuneiform Texts from Babylonian Tablets in the British Museum in which C. J. Gadd provided 50 plates of cuneiform copes of omens and commentaries, mainly the text known from its incipit as šumma ālu ina mēlê šakin, ›If a city is situated on a hill‹. As Eckart Frahm points out, apart from Labat, the only direct ...
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