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The Literature of Ancient Sumer (Inglês) Capa Comum – 1 jul 2006
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The reason I brought this book is because I don't like reading lots of things on the computer screen and the introduction at the beginning of this book and the introductions before each translation makes it easier to understand them. The website [...] has all the translations listed in this book and more, but the book version will give you a better understanding of the translations. The introductions will give you a description of what each tablet is about and the important parts of it. I have read the Nag Hammadi Library by James M. Robinson and that book had introductions before the translations as well and I'm used to fragmentary texts with lots of lines and words missing. The Nag Hammadi Library is a lot more fragmentary than The Literature of Ancient Sumer so this book is easier to read. This book contains a fifth of the translated tablets and they have selected the most interesting ones to include in this book. They left out the mundane things, although they are important to understanding the Sumerian civilization and the fragmentary tablets have been left out as well.
These translations are grouped by themes, the deities and other things like the function they served. They aren't grouped according to modern or ancient systems of classification.
There's a common misconception that The Epic of Gilgamesh was part of the Sumerian texts, but that was the final Babylonian version written sometime from 1000 to 1300 BC. This book has the first flood myth written down, unfortunately two thirds of it is missing. The Epic of Gilgamesh isn't in this book, but you can read it on the Internet. The flood survivor is called King Ziudsura
This book is good because it's the first literature written and it's interesting to read the writings of such an old civilization. Everyone's familar with the Bible, but these writings came 2000 years before the birth of Jesus. Imagine you lived in a time period where you had no idea of Christianity, Rome, Greece, the Western world etc. Imagine you lived in a world that was on the borderline of prehistory. This book will give you a glimpse into this murky and forgotten world.
About the Kindle Edition:
Like most Kindle editions, this hasn't been checked by a human. Basic functionality is incorrect, e.g., the table of contents links are slightly wrong: The very first leaf node, for instance, for "The literature of ancient Sumer," actually brings you to the previous page, "Introduction." No-one even checked the beginning of the book: The second page contains merely a repetition of the title, which may make sense in a dead-tree edition, but not an electronic one.
Sometimes the behavior was even worse. I had repeated trouble and delays in navigation, which eventually crashed the book-reader application and deleted all my notes.
Casual sloppiness abounds, though most of my examples were lost in the crash. I found one more example in the table of contents: a footer ("VII CONTENTS") appears in the middle of a page [location 32].
The illustrations weren't checked either. The very first, "Map of Sumer," is both smaller than necessary, and unreadable.