Winter School on Cuneiform Culture and the Akkadian Language 2020
Our international Winter School on Cuneiform Culture and the Akkadian language is taught by Cécile Michel, a renowned French Assyriologist and principle investigator in research field E Archiving Artefacts. Cécile Michel became an honorary professor at UHH’s Faculty of Humanities in 2016 and received an honorary doctorate from Copenhagen University in 2017. This 1-week intensive introductory workshop is open to students from all backgrounds and will take a hands-on approach, making use of many practical exercises. It is taught in English.
The Akkadian language was the main language of Mesopotamia from the middle of the 3rd millennium to the end of the 1st millennium BCE. It was noted with cuneiform signs – like most of the languages of the Near East at that time. The course will focus on the Old Babylonian dialect, written during the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE, which corresponds to a normative state of Akkadian, and whose most famous sample is the Code of Hammurabi (18th century BCE). Cuneiform writing, used to note this dialect, uses phonetic signs with a syllabic value, and a limited number of logograms. To get a foretaste of cuneiform, watch this video.
Workshop Info and Programme
The seminar will start with an overview of the cuneiform writing systems (logographic, syllabic, alphabetical) and their decipherment, cuneiform manuscripts and inscriptions, the variety of cuneiform texts, their organization in archives and libraries, the scribes and their curriculum (8 units). This general introduction on cuneiform texts forms the basis for the following introduction to the Akkadian language and cuneiform script (20 units).
Time and Venue
Classes will be held from 10 to 14 February 2020, 8:30 am to 1.30 pm, at room 2002, Warburgstraße 26, 20354 Hamburg, Germany.
Costs and Registration
Participation is free of charge and visitors are welcome. Participants will have to organise their travels and accommodation themselves. You may find the Hamburg Tourismus site useful for finding suitable accommodation.
The registration is closed.