Introduction to Akkadian

0200 [CRN: 15153]

This course is an intensive introduction to the writing system, grammar and vocabulary of Akkadian, the language of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). Akkadian is the earliest known Semitic language (related to Arabic and Hebrew), first written over four thousand years ago, and the language of some of the oldest written myths, historical documents, omens, magical formulas and even love poems in the world. Students will learn the classic Old Babylonian dialect (ca. 1800 BCE), and read selections from texts in the original language. No prerequisites.
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