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  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Harrassowitz Verlag; 2nd Revised edition edition (31 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3447042648
  • ISBN-13: 978-3447042642
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Cau on 29 Aug 2006
Format: Paperback
This is essentially a condensed version of von Soden's Akkadisches Handworterbuch, updated with references to the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary. The last two are FAR too expensive and if you need to use them you could always go to the library to have a look at one of the 21 volumes of CAD or one of the 3 large volumes of AHw.

This concise dictionary has the strenght of AHw, but in English rather than German. You miss the contestualization of words with attested sentences and examples, but it provides you with a clear translation and an indication of the dialect in which the word was used. It is usually all you need, and again, when in doubt you can have a look at the bigger brothers.

Be aware that some sellers consider this Harrassowitz edition as paperback, others call it hardcover. There is no difference at all, what you get is always the same book with a reinforced paperback cover.
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Excellent book for an excellent .price. Used at SOAS, the leading institution in the UK and globally for Ancient Middle Eastern studies
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Convenient, though not precise 14 May 2005
By Inanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This nifty "little blue book" (as it is known in Assyriology ciricles) is an indispensible tool for students of Akkadian (from Old Akkadian to the Late Babylonian), whether as a quick reference, or for translating long passages of Akkadian texts. It has the advantage of being light and handy, and many entries are furnished with references to semantic variations based on the different dialects.

However, in being concise, the dictionary chose to omit those lengthy lexical references which are presented in the bulky volumes of the CAD (in English) or AhW (in German, on which this dictionary is based), thus rendering an interpretation of texts based solely on this book somewhat unreliable. Yet this drawback has not prevented many aspiring Akkadian scholars from secretly using it whenever no one is looking!!

A favorite amongst students ever since its first publication - highly recommended for any Akkadian students beyond the beginner level!
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It serves its purpose 14 Oct 2008
By Gerald Helpern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It does not have etymology...it does not have epistemology...it does not have linguistic chronology, but it serves its purposes for beginners, and appear to be useful to all those who are searching for a direct and concise definition of Akkadian words. It is helpful in this sense, but again, seems to be limited. Since it covers a major historical and geographical era and area of the languages of the time, I expected a more detailed material. Nevertheless, it is a good dictionary.
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nice work! 4 Oct 2010
By klaatu - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book - it did take a bit of cross referencing to get through, but the material is covered evenly and thoroughly for anyone studying the transition from proto-Assyrian to Akkadian script in for and syntax. References to levels of occurance and variance are included along with lots of annotation and explanation. Mine is the english version and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to understand the evolution of the writing system
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