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By Nathan Wasserman

Basing himself on a cautious examine of all hitherto released (and a few unpublished) Old-Babylonian literary texts - approximately 270 diverse compositions of all literary genres - Dr. Wasserman systematically leads the reader to a couple of insightful conclusions concerning specific type and impressive gains of the Old-Babylonian literary method (as against daily texts, comparable to letters). the 3 commencing chapters - "Hendiadys, Tamy z," and "Damqam- nim" - are generally thinking about syntax, but additionally connections with "inalienability," a semantic factor. bankruptcy 4 and 5, "Merismus" and "Simile," specialise in semantics (though additionally together with be aware order). The final bankruptcy, "Rhyming Couplets," is absolutely dedicated to shape, with embellishments on such semantic difficulties as performative speech acts. The concluding pages delineate the contours of the Old-Babylonian literary approach; genres and 'genre-families', the dichotomy among oral and written traditions, and the excellence among realized and well known literature. With a close catalogue of all recognized literary Old-Babylonian compositions."

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