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The new edition appears as a single- volume paperback instead of the two-volume, hardcover set of its predecessors. The volume is attractively produced, and the new single-volume format will be perfect for student and classroom use.
CDL Press has done Assyriology and related disciplines a great service in making this important anthology available again. Generally speaking, this new edition follows the format of the previous editions. The introduction to the volume 1—47 is identical to the introduction in the second edition, with the exception that Foster has updated many of the footnotes—a practice evident throughout the anthology.
Since, however, the introduction is aimed at people without any knowledge of Akkadian literature, it would have served a wider audience if Foster had revised the body of the introduction to make it more accessible. Most of the introductions to individual texts remain unrevised as well. However, the introductions at the head of each chapter, one for each of the four chronological periods, evidence substantial revision that incorporates new scholarship, provides refined discussions and explanations, and gives a better sense of continuity between the chapters than previous editions.
On the latter point, for example, in the final paragraph of the introduction to chapter 2, the Classical period, Foster offers a brief discussion about how the language and style of texts from this period influenced later scribal curriculum and subsequent literary production Unlike the second edition, the third edition adds a number of new texts to its pages, especially in the chapters covering the Archaic and Classical periods.
Although Foster informs the reader in the preface that he has included many new texts in the third edition xix , a list of the additions would have been useful for users making the transition from the second edition. This is most apparent in the Archaic and Classical chapters, which contain the majority of new texts, but every chapter shows some signs of such organizational renovation.
In the third edition, the same text now II. This will be a great benefit to undergraduate readers completely unfamiliar with Akkadian literature. In the second edition, the Archaic period spanned the years — B. The third edition lengthens the Archaic period — and shortens the Classical — This change is understandable given the chronology of Old Assyrian texts, which are included in chapter one, the Archaic period.
But the change occurs without comment, and the old view lingers in an unrevised paragraph of the preface xvii. Along with the additional texts and improved organization, the third edition also shows revision in the individual translation of texts. Sometimes the new rendering is simply a matter of English word choice. For example, in the very next incantation in the third edition, Foster has completely changed his understanding. Due to several new studies and readings of this text 1.
Although its text is listed in the index to the third edition, the provided text reference does not exist. In about fifteen random index reference checks, I found one other error. Even in the many translations that are completely unchanged, however, one will often find a new textual note that justifies his rendering or gives a new, alternative suggestion see, e.
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Before the Muses : An Anthology of Akkadian Literature
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Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature
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