Workbook of Cuneiform Signs (Aids and Research Tools in Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

Workbook of Cuneiform Signs (Aids and Research Tools in Ancient Near Eastern Studies)

Daniel C. Snell


invaluable publication to help one making plans on studying Akkadian/cuneiform grammar--this is a workbook for memorizing the syllabary

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Daniel Snell's Workbook of Cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be super valuable in my introductory reviews within the Akkadian language. frequently, works masking topics resembling cuneiform writing and popularity end up to be extra according to a reference paintings than a autonomous student's advisor. in spite of the fact that, this fairly low-cost instructional for writing and memorizing nearly a hundred and ten cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be not just undemanding, yet hugely effective.

I first and foremost accomplished the ebook over the process 3 months a few 12 months in the past. while i started learning the Epic of Gilgamesh in Simo Parpola's paintings, i discovered that I had retained approx. 25% of the data within the workbook (even after a yr of being clear of usual touch with the signs). i started dealing with the workbook a moment time beginning in October, and that i chanced on that it in basic terms took 20-30 days to accomplish with a lot of the data easily coming again to me.

Snell's process is easy, but powerful. He introduces the symptoms so as of similarity (not not like a regular Akkadian signal checklist (so I understand), yet explains and demonstrates precisely tips on how to draw every one signal step-by-step. Following preliminary perform of every signal, the scholar plays easy routines from transliteration to cuneiform and vice versa. on the finish of every part, there's an examination that exams the clients wisdom of the symptoms realized to that juncture. there's a finished examination on the finish of the publication as well.

All in all, i've got steered this workbook to seminary scholars that experience both taken a semester of Akkadian or are planning on doing so. it truly is a useful instrument that turns out to set up a scientific strategy for studying a posh writing method. hugely recommended.

Joshua Bowen

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Amazon Reviews:
A WORKBOOK OF CUNEIFORM symptoms. Aids and examine instruments in historic close to jap reviews No.3. via Daniel C. Snell. a hundred and forty pp. Malibu : Undena courses, 1979. ISBN 0-890003-058-8 (pbk.)
The writer tells us that the belief for this workbook got here from the 'Japanese Kana Workbook' via P. G. O'Neill (Palo Alto and Tokyo : Kodansha foreign 1967), a hugely profitable workbook for instructing the japanese syllabary.
Snell's cuneiform workbook supplies an identical process programmed guideline that teaches the a hundred and ten most often used cuneiform symptoms. It teaches the normal Neo-Assyrian signal varieties, and a style encouraging energetic use of the indicators is gifted since an energetic wisdom of the indicators will stick with the scholar longer.
The symptoms are divided into 8 sections. every one part comprises step by step routines and ends with a quiz reviewing the entire indicators awarded. appendices supply an alphabetic checklist of values taught and a listing of the signs.
The 'Workbook' is designed for domestic learn by way of scholars in starting Akkadian sessions and gives a pragmatic and systematic advent to the cuneiform writing approach. it may be utilized in conjunction with R. Labat's 'Manuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne' (5th ed., Paris : Geuthner, 1976).
The booklet measures 8.5 through 11.0 inches, is well-printed on robust paper, and is sure in a strong wrapper. In either layout and approach it follows O'Neill's well known and powerful 'Kana Workbook' very closely.
Snell's 'Workbook' is a superb publication which achieves what it units out to do. because it covers basically one hundred ten indicators, it won't in fact flip the consumer right into a full-fledged scribe. however it can be of price to novices in cuneiform, and it's going to support dispel a number of the secret which surrounds the gorgeous yet complex cuneiform signs.
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5.0 out of five stars first-class November five, 2004
By Recep Sami Ciner
I newly bought this ebook. Intuitevely you'll get into memorising cuneiform characters with the aid of this workbook. with no noticing i've got come to discover that i've got memorised approximately forty cuneiforms in an afternoon. I want a few extra complex workbooks comparable to this is able to be released to help us to development into changing into complete scribes. I totally recommend.
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5.0 out of five stars one of the simplest ways To studying Cuneiform March 10, 2007
By Jim
I accept as true with the former comments.

I'm attempting to research Akkadian with assistance from Huehnergard's first-class Grammar of Akkadian, and be aware of little or no of cuneiform.

Snell's workbook doesn't educate you grammar yet is so easy to exploit by itself as an reduction to interpreting and writing cuneiform, drills you bit by bit (one signal at a time), could be learn in snatches in your spare time, doesn't have pretensions , and, all in all, is well-produced.

The ebook looms greater than its rate (though I received it from a distinct seller).

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