1

Akkadian for Beginners

ANCIENT LANGUAGE COURSE

  • Credit: 4
  • Lecturer: Dr. Yoram Cohen
  • Semester: yearly

Akkadian denotes the East Semitic languages. It includes the Old Akkadian as well as the Babylonian and Assyrian dialects. These dialects are Old-, Middle-, Neo- and Late-Babylonian on the one hand as well as Old-, Middle- and Neo-Assyrian on the other. Akkadian- is an East Semitic language. It includes the Old Akkadian as well as the Babylonian and Assyrian dialects. These dialects are Old-, Middle-, Neo- and Late-Babylonian on the one hand and Old-, Middle- and Neo-Assyrian on the other. Akkadian, which was written in cuneiform script, is recorded from the 3rd millennium BCE to the 1st century CE. During the 2nd millennium BCE Akkadian became the language of communication in the entire Near East. It is documented in a wide variety of texts: letters, legal and administrative documents, myths, prayers, incantations, hymns and songs, lexical and encyclopedic lists, etc. The course “Akkadian for beginners” is based on the “classical” phase of Akkadian, namely the Old-Babylonian dialect, typical of the reign of Hammurabi (18th century BCE).as written in cuneiform script, is recorded from the 3rd millennium BCE to the 1st century CE. During the 2nd millennium BCE Akkadian became the language of communication in the entire Near East. It has a wide variety of texts: letters, legal and administrative documents, myths, prayers, incantations, hymns and songs, lexical and encyclopedic lists, etc. The course “Akkadian for beginners” is based on the “classical” phase of Akkadian, namely the Old-Babylonian texts from the reign of Hammurapi. The course will start with orthography and phonology. Then the morphology of Akkadian will be taught with an emphasis on the verbal system. Elements of the cuneiform script (Old-Babylonian and Neo-Assyrian), as well as the basics of Akkadian syntax, will be taught in the 2nd semester.