- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: Pontificio Istituto Biblico; 4th edition edition (19 Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8876535667
- ISBN-13: 978-8876535666
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 970,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Introduction to Akkadian (Studia Polil. series maior) (Pubblicazioni Della Classe Di Lettere E Filosofia, Scuola No) Paperback – 19 Oct 2002
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Caplice is too dense for someone taking their first stab at Akkadian/Babylonian. But if you have some exposure from elsewhere, it's an excellent text for reviewing and solidifying your understanding of Akkadian, and turning the forms into something you know, from use, as opposed to recognizing from reading. If only it had an answer key!
One problem that bears mention is that of indices in the back of the book. The index of Akkadian vocabulary does not give the definitions for each word, but only directs the reader to the chapter where that definition can be found. Similarly, the index of cuneiform symbols gives the chapter in which each symbol is found, but not its phonetic values or meanings. A better index of cuneiform symbols is provided by Marcus' book: A Manual of Akkadian.
An index that I do like in Caplice, however, is the one which gives the normalized Akkadian expression for a number of English words--a type of index that I have not found in other books.
In his interesting and informative Introduction, Caplice explains that Akkadian is one of the great languages of world history that for about 2500 years was the vehicle of one of the dominant cultures of the Ancient Near East. Abundant religious, historical, literary and grammatical records written in this language have been found, both in its heartland and in areas such as Egypt, Syria-Palestine, Anatolia and Persia. The central area of its use was ancient Mesopotamia, which in the third millenium B.C. comprised the city-states of Sumer and Akkad.
The earliest written records from this area are in Sumerian, an agglutinating language with no relationship to any other known language and which became part of the cultural heritage of Akkadian speakers. The Akkadian language, which is a Semitic language, is itself first attested in proper names found in Sumerian texts ca. 2800 B.C., but from 2500 B.C. we find texts fully written in Akkadian. In the last centuries of the pre-Christian era, Akkadian was increasingly replaced by Aramaic as a spoken language, and it survived only as a traditional scholarly language.
The present manual has been designed to offer a twelve-lesson or one-semester course in the essentials of Akkadian grammar. Each of the twelve lessons, besides concise explanations of the grammar, contains exercises in reading, transliteration and translation which introduce the student to common vocabulary and basic cuneiform signs. The book is rounded out with two Appendixes (I: General Phonetics of Akkadian; II: Numbers, Dating, Measures); an Index of Akkadian Vocabulary; an English-Akkadian Glossary; an Index of Signs; an Index of Sign-Values; and a Paradigm of the Strong Verb.
The book is beautifully printed on large pages (9.5 by 6.7 inches), stitched to open flat, and bound in a sturdy blue wrapper. In contrast to David Marcus's 'A Manual of Akkadian,' the cuneiform signs in Caplice have been printed large enough to enable the student to easily make out the structure of even complex signs. The Caplice, however, has not been designed as a self-study manual (answers to the exercises have not been included), and those who are not either linguists or working with an instructor will probably find it far less approachable than the Marcus, despite the inferior physical format of the latter. For those who may be interested, details of the Marcus text are as follows :
A MANUAL OF AKKADIAN by David Marcus. 182 pp. New York : University Press of America, 1978. ISBN 0-8191-0608-9 (pbk.)
But the book presents two challenges that you should be aware of: 1) It presumes prior knowledge of linguistics and linguistic conventions, especially phonetics 2) It is not written in plain and simple language, but rather using convoluted, academic terminology.
There is a big difference between explaining something and describing something, and this book should be rewritten with this in mind.
As a final note, the cuneiform in this text is very poorly written by hand; it should be replaced by text in a digital font for the sake of clarity.
Perhaps it is more useful as a reference text than anything else.