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Monday, January 24, 2011

Hot non-exclusive excerpt to share with you!

I have seen too many august bloggers display their mental acumen and publicity prowess by getting permission to post so-called "exclusive excerpts" to works that they want to pimp to their readers.  Here at The OF Blog, we do things a bit differently.  We like to jump on the bandwagon after the wagon has broken down, so this is not an exclusive excerpt, but perhaps it'll capture the fancy of some erudite souls here:

it-bi-e-ma dGiš šú-na-tam i-pa-áš-šar
2iz-za-kàr-am a-na um-mi-šú
3um-mi i-na šá-at mu-ši-ti-ia
4šá-am-ḫa-ku-ma at-ta-na-al-la-ak
5i-na bi-ri-it it-lu-tim
6ib-ba-šú-nim-ma ka-ka-bu šá-ma-i
7[ki]-iṣ-rù šá A-nim im-ḳu-ut a-na ṣi-ri-ia
8áš-ši-šú-ma ik-ta-bi-it e-li-ia
9ú-ni-iš-šú-ma nu-uš-šá-šú ú-ul il-ti-’i
10Urukki ma-tum pa-ḫi-ir e-li-šú
11it-lu-tum ú-na-šá-ku ši-pi-šú
12ú-um-mi-id-ma pu-ti
13i-mi-du ia-ti
14áš-ši-a-šú-ma ab-ba-la-áš-šú a-na ṣi-ri-ki
15um-mi dGiš mu-di-a-at ka-la-ma
16iz-za-kàr-am a-na dGiš
17mi-in-di dGiš šá ki-ma ka-ti
18i-na ṣi-ri i-wa-li-id-ma
19ú-ra-ab-bi-šú šá-du-ú
20ta-mar-šú-ma [kima Sal(?)] ta-ḫa-du at-ta
21it-lu-tum ú-na-šá-ku ši-pi-šú
22tí-iṭ-ṭi-ra-áš-[šú tu-ut]-tu-ú-ma
23ta-tar-ra-[as-su] a-na ṣi-[ri]-ia
24[uš]-ti-nim-ma i-ta-mar šá-ni-tam[63]
25[šú-na]-ta i-ta-wa-a-am a-na um-mi-šú
26[um-mi] a-ta-mar šá-ni-tam
27[šú-na-tu a-ta]-mar e-mi-a i-na su-ḳi-im
28[šá Uruk]ki ri-bi-tim
29ḫa-aṣ-ṣi-nu na-di-i-ma
30e-li-šú pa-aḫ-ru
31ḫa-aṣ-ṣi-nu-um-ma šá-ni bu-nu-šú
32a-mur-šú-ma aḫ-ta-du a-na-ku
33a-ra-am-šú-ma ki-ma áš-šá-tim
34a-ḫa-ab-bu-ub el-šú
35el-ki-šú-ma áš-ta-ka-an-šú
36a-na a-ḫi-ia
37um-mi dGiš mu-da-at [ka]-la-ma
38[iz-za-kàr-am a-na dGiš]
39[dGiš šá ta-mu-ru amêlu]
40[ta-ḫa-ab-bu-ub ki-ma áš-šá-tim el-šú]

Col. II.

41áš-šum uš-[ta]-ma-ḫa-ru it-ti-ka
42dGiš šú-na-tam i-pa-šar
43dEn-ki-[dũ wa]-ši-ib ma-ḫar ḫa-ri-im-tim
44ur-[šá ir]-ḫa-mu di-da-šá(?) ip-tí-[e]
45[dEn-ki]-dũ im-ta-ši a-šar i-wa-al-du
46ûm, 6 ù 7 mu-ši-a-tim
47dEn-[ki-dũ] ti-bi-i-ma
48šá-[am-ka-ta] ir-ḫi
49ḫa-[ri-im-tum pa-a]-šá i-pu-šá-am-ma
50iz-za-[kàr-am] a-na dEn-ki-dũ
51a-na-tal-ka dEn-ki-dũ ki-ma ili ta-ba-áš-ši
52am-mi-nim it-ti na-ma-áš-te-e
53ta-at-ta-[na-al]-ak ṣi-ra-am[64]
54al-kam lu-úr-di-ka
55a-na libbi [Urukki] ri-bi-tim
56a-na bît [el]-lim mu-šá-bi šá A-nim
57dEn-ki-dũ ti-bi lu-ru-ka
58a-na Ê-[an]-na mu-šá-bi šá A-nim
59a-šar [dGiš gi]-it-ma-[lu] ne-pi-ši-tim
60ù at-[ta] ki-[ma Sal ta-ḫa]-bu-[ub]-šú
61ta-[ra-am-šú ki-ma] ra-ma-an-ka
62al-ka ti-ba i-[na] ga-ag-ga-ri
63ma-a-ag-ri-i-im
64iš-me a-wa-as-sa im-ta-ḫar ga-ba-šá
65mi-il-[kum] šá aššatim
66im-ta-ḳu-ut a-na libbi-šú
67iš-ḫu-ut li-ib-šá-am
68iš-ti-nam ú-la-ab-bi-iš-sú
69li-ib-[šá-am] šá-ni-a-am
70ši-i it-ta-al-ba-áš
71ṣa-ab-tat ga-as-su
72ki-ma [ili] i-ri-id-di-šú
73a-na gu-up-ri šá-ri-i-im
74a-šar tar-ba-ṣi-im
75i-na [áš]-ri-šú [im]-ḫu-ruri-ia-ú
76[ù šú-u dEn-ki-dũ i-lit-ta-šú šá-du-um-ma]
77[it-ti ṣabâti-ma ik-ka-la šam-ma]
78[it-ti bu-lim maš-ḳa-a i-šat-ti]
79[it-ti na-ma-áš-te-e mê i-ṭab lib-ba-šú]


Warning:  Do not say these words aloud, lest you risk drawing the ire of Gozer.

5 comments:

Jason said...

I think I prefer the Stephen Mitchell; it's just easier to understand somehow. :)

brendanconnell said...

Hard not to dig them Babylonians.

Felix Gilman said...

yeah this is all right I guess but I preferred the earlier stuff in the series

Gabriele C. said...

Transcriptions? We expect the original cuneiform on this blog.

Larry said...

Well, I suppose after Nergal and Ereshkigal, the Sumerians and Akkadians jumped the (land) shark. It's tough writing cuneiform tablet after cuneiform tablet before readers grow wearing of toting them about and they want some (literally) lighter reading.

Alas, I couldn't transport the full cuneiform effect here to this blog. Even I have my limits.

 
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