1964Re: [ANE-2] "Tablets of Shuruppak"
- Jul 12, 2006Shuruppak is the ancient name of Fara. For an exhaustive overview see
Manfred Krebernik, Die Texte aus Fara und Tell Abu Salabih, in: Josef
Bauer - Robert K. Englund - Manfred Krebernik, Mesopotamien.
Späturuk-Zeit und Frühdynastische Zeit, Freiburg - Göttingen 1998 [OBO
160/1], pp. 237-427.
Their obscurity is obviously based on the fact that these texts contain
the very first (ED IIIa) attestations of a Semitic language (e.g.
personal names, loanwords in Sumerian, words in wordlists and even the
first literary text), all of the grammatical stuff points to Akkadian.
Peter T. Daniels wrote:
>In a very bad book, *A History of Reading* by Steven Roger Fischer
>(2003), I find some bizarre assertions about cuneiform writing backed
>up by references to "the Tablets of Shuruppak." CANE tells me that this
>presumably refers to the Eblaite-like early Semitic texts from Fara
>(studied by Bob Biggs alongside those from Abu Salabikh, which received
>renewed attention with the discovery of the Ebla texts), though the
>phrase is not used by Assyriologists.
>Google tells me that the phrase appears a few times in webpages of
>fundamentalists and Mormons, but none of these appear to give the
>source of the term or what was believed to have been contained in them.
>Can anyone explain where these tablets were discussed after their
>initial discovery (and, one hopes, publication) that they could have
>become a rather obscure component of ANE folklore?
>[I only just discovered this third volume of Fischer's, after *A
>History of Language* (1999) and *A History of Writing* (2001) -- which
>latter I was allotted 500 words in the _Times Higher_ to deprecate; I
>considered typing out his 11 pages on Mesopotamian reading for the
>general amusement and hilarity of ANE List, but it would take rather
>too long. Inexplicably, these three volumes are in the series
>"Globalities" published by Reaktion, a series edited by the reputable
>historian Jeremy Black [not my late friend the Sumerologist Jeremy A.
>Black], once again illustrating the lack of respect shown linguistic
>topics by scholars in other fields that has recently been discussed at
>LINGUIST List, and less recently here, with reference to the journals
>*Nature* and *Science*.)
>Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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