Akkadian A

lglor2613  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Akkadian A
5.00 credits
22.5 h + 7.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2021-2022
LGLOR1611/1611A et LGLOR1612/1612A
Main themes
In-depth study of the Akkadian language.
Alternating with LGLOR2614, this course of 22,5 hours deals with texts of varied content (historic, religious, etc.) in Akkadian dating essentially from the second and first millennium BC.
To this course are added 7,5 hours of exercises which correspond to the personal preparation of an Akkadian text.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student will be capable to translate a cuneiform text and to make intelligent use of the dictionaries, grammars, and sign lists.
The course enables the student to deepen and widen his knowledge and experiences acquired at bachelor level. According to the year, the texts studied, for example, are:
- extracts of Akkadian epics or myths (Gilgamesh, Enuma elish);
- the royal neo-Assyrian inscriptions;
- Akkadian inscriptions from Elam;
- other literary texts.
Teaching methods
The selected texts are prepared by the students and the translations are discussed during the course, in order to reach a valid translation and a good understanding of the text.
Evaluation methods
Written exam (translation and analysis of a text in cuneiform).
Other information
English-friendly course: course taught in French but offering facilities in English.
Online resources
http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/cad/ (Akkadian dictionary)
http://www.etana.org/ (general site on the Mesopotamian world)
http://cdli.ucla.edu/drupal/ (Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative)
Support du cours : les textes en cunéiformes sont distribués par l'enseignant.
- F. Malbran-Labat, Manuel de langue akkadienne (PIOL 50), Louvain, 2001.
- W. von Soden, Grundriss der akkadischen Grammatik, 3e éd. (AnOr 33). Rome, 1995.
- R. Labat & F. Malbran-Labat Manuel d'épigraphie akkadienne (signes, syllabaire, idéogrammes), 6e éd., Paris, 1988.
- The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, 1956.
- F. Malbran-Labat, Manuel de langue akkadienne : Lexiques akkadien - français et français - akkadien (PIOL, 51), Louvain, 2001.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [60] in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Oriental Studies