Bodies of Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Diviners of Late Bronze Age Emar and Their Tablet Collection

ISBN-10: 9004245677

ISBN-13: 9789004245679

Edition: 2013

Authors: Matthew Rutz

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In this work, Matthew Rutz explores the relationship between ancient collections of texts, commonly deemed libraries and archives, and the modern interpretation of titles like 'diviner'.
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List price: $234.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Binding: Cloth Text 
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Divination in Ancient Mesopotamia: Bodies of Knowledge
Communities of Language, Text, and Script in Late Bronze Age Syria
Goals, Scope, and Structure of this Book
Text and Archaeology: Practitioners and Practice, Diviners and Divination
Diviners and Divination: Sources and Method
Identifying Diviners: Names and Titles
The Genres of Divination
Colophons, Education, and Scholarship
Material Culture of Divination: Objects and Representations
Text and Archaeology: Context, Artifacts, Archives, and Libraries
Corpus and Method
General Considerations: Terminology and Methodology
Case Study: 'Temple' M<sub>1</sub> in Emar
Approaching the Tablet Collection from Emar's'Temple' M<sub>1</sub>
Emar on the Euphrates: Archaeology, History, and Society
Historical Sketch of Emar in Ancient Sources
Archaeology of Late Bronze Age Emar and its Archives
Geography and Environment of the Middle Euphrates
Late Bronze Age Syria: An Archaeological Overview
Early Exploration of Eski Meskene (1907-1931)
French Excavations at Emar (1970-1976)
Syrian Excavations at Emar (1992-1995)
German-Syrian Excavations at Emar (1996-2002)
Summary: Architecture, Artifacts, and Chronology
Perspectives on Late Bronze Age Emar and its Archives
'Temple' M<sub>1</sub>: Morphology of a Tablet Collection
Discovery and Stratigraphy
Stratum 5
Stratum 4
Stratum 3bis
Stratum 3
Stratum 2
Stratum 1
Epigraphic Finds
Archaeological Provenience of the Tablet Collection: Excavation Units
Summary: Excavation Units and Architecture
Interpreting the 'Temple' M<sub>1</sub> Tablet Collection
Genres Found in the Tablet Collection
Administrative Records (Appendix B.1)
Legal Documents (Appendix B.2)
Letters (Appendix B.3)
Public Rituals (Appendix B.4)
Lexical Texts (Appendix B.5)
Divinatory Texts (Appendix B.6)
Incantations and Rituals (Appendix B.7)
Literary Texts (Appendix B.8)
Uncertain Texts and Fragments (Appendix B.9)
Archive or Archives?: Dossiers Present in the Tablet Collection
Diviners' Archive and Library
Tides, Names, and the Archaeological Provenience of Each Dossier
Royal Archive?
Temple Archive?
Isolated Dossiers
Elements of the Diviners' Tablet Collection
Architecture and Assemblage of 'Temple' M<sub>1</sub>
Temple, Scriptorium, Public Storage, or House?
The 'Temple M<sub>1</sub>' Tablet Collection: Formation, Size, Composition, and Distribution
Perspectives on the Formation and Deposition of Cuneiform Tablet Collections
'Temple' M<sub>1</sub> Archive: Size, Composition, Distribution
Perspectives on Archaelogical Provenience and the 'Temple' M<sub>1</sub> Tablet Collection
Divination in Emar: Theory and Practice, Tradition and Transmission
Practice and Theory of Divination in Emar
Tradition and Transmission
The Diviners of Emar and their Script Community
Appendices: Catalogue raisonn� of the Excavated Tablets from Emar
Key to the Appendices
Excavated Tablets and Fragments by Find-spot
Area A
Area C
Area E
German-Syrian Excavations
Area M
M<sub>1</sub> R
M<sub>1</sub> (former R)
M<sub>1</sub> M I NW
M<sub>1</sub> M I NE
M<sub>1</sub> M I SE
M<sub>1</sub> M I SW
M<sub>1</sub> M I SW-SE
M<sub>1</sub> M I SW-II NW
M<sub>1</sub> M II NE?
M<sub>1</sub> M III NE
M<sub>1</sub> M III SE
M<sub>1</sub> M III NE-III SE
M<sub>1</sub> M IV SW (surface clearing)
M<sub>1</sub> M IV NW
M<sub>1</sub> (clearing)
'Temple' M<sub>2</sub>
Area N
Area P
Area R
Area T
Area V
Excavated Tablets and Fragments by Genre
Practical Documents
Administrative Records
Legal Documents
Local Religious Texts
Public Rituals
Scholarly Texts
Lexical Texts
Divinatory Texts
Incantations and Rituals
Literary Texts
Uncertain Texts
Uncertain Texts and Fragments
Diviners as Scribes
Colophons-Unknown Scribes
Paleographic Colophons
Summary of Epigraphic Data from Emar and 'Temple' M<sub>1</sub>
Emar Fragments: New Identifications
Concordance and Index of Excavated Emar Texts by Publication Number
Objects Excavated in Emar
Looted Tablets from Emar and the Middle Euphrates
Concordance and Index of Excavated Emar Texts by Excavation Number
Miscellaneous Ancient Texts Discussed
Words Discussed
Proper Nouns Discussed
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