1970Is Kramer responsible? Re: [ANE-2] "Tablets of Shuruppak"
- Jul 12, 2006--- Robert Whiting <whiting@...> wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Jul 2006, Peter T. Daniels wrote:That could be it -- in *The Sumerians*, he notes that he was the
> > But whence the "meme" (if you will) "Tablets of Shuruppak" as a corpus
> > that contains precious information about pre-biblical peoples and as an
> > auhtoritative source of information on the third millennium?
> I imagine that any general history would describe them this way since that
> is what they do and are. If memory serves me correctly, the earliest
> occurrence of MAR.TU is in a Fara text. But you are correct that
> Assyriologists don't usually refer to them as "tablets of Shurrupak" but
> generally as "Fara Texts". But the title of Jestin's work, "Tablettes
> sumériennes de Shuruppak" [spelled with shin in the original], provides a
> basis for referring to them as "tablets of Shuruppak." Earlier than
> Jestin, "see" A. Deimel, Die Inschriften von Fara, Leipzig, 1922-24, which
> probably accounts for Assyriological usage being "Fara texts" (apart from
> the fact that it also saves a lot of typesetting and ink).
> These tablets certainly provide authoritative information about third
> millennium Mesopotamia.
> If you are looking for a pathway for the importance of early Sumerian
> texts for practically everything into the tertiary literature, I at
> Sam Kramer's early stuff. History begins at Sumer and as far as readable
> Sumerian is concerned, it pretty much begins with the Fara Texts.
epigrapher for the 1930s campaign(s) that found more of the same sort
of tablet; he refers to the "Instructions of Shuruppak," explaing why
in one place it looks like Fischer thinks Sh. is a person rather than a
place; and the chapter on Sumerian scribes begins by mentioning lots of
school texts from there.
But the key phrase "Tablets of Shuruppak" doesn't appear: can anyone
check in *History Begins at Sumer: nn Firsts*, where the number nn
increased with each edition, and so did the price? and wasn't that
volume earlier than *The Sumerians*?
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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