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

By Daniel C. Snell

Necessary booklet 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 tremendous beneficial in my introductory stories within the Akkadian language. usually, works masking topics resembling cuneiform writing and popularity turn out to be extra based on a reference paintings than a self reliant student's advisor. even though, this particularly low-cost instructional for writing and memorizing nearly a hundred and ten cuneiform symptoms has confirmed to be not just elementary, yet hugely effective.

I at the start accomplished the e-book over the process 3 months a couple of yr 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 knowledge within the workbook (even after a 12 months of being clear of usual touch with the signs). i started dealing with the workbook a moment time beginning in October, and that i stumbled on that it merely took 20-30 days to accomplish with a lot of the knowledge quite simply coming again to me.

Snell's strategy is straightforward, but potent. He introduces the symptoms so as of similarity (not in contrast to a customary Akkadian signal checklist (so I understand), yet explains and demonstrates precisely the right way to draw every one signal step-by-step. Following preliminary perform of every signal, the scholar plays uncomplicated workouts 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 discovered to that juncture. there's a complete examination on the finish of the e-book as well.

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

Joshua Bowen

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A WORKBOOK OF CUNEIFORM indicators. Aids and examine instruments in historic close to jap experiences No.3. through 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 analogous process programmed guideline that teaches the one hundred ten most often used cuneiform indicators. It teaches the normal Neo-Assyrian signal varieties, and a mode encouraging energetic use of the indicators is gifted on account that an lively wisdom of the symptoms will stick with the coed longer.
The indicators are divided into 8 sections. every one part includes step by step routines and ends with a quiz reviewing all of the indicators offered. appendices supply an alphabetic checklist of values taught and an inventory of the signs.
The 'Workbook' is designed for domestic research by way of scholars in starting Akkadian periods and offers a realistic and systematic creation to the cuneiform writing process. it may be utilized in conjunction with R. Labat's 'Manuel d'Epigraphie akkadienne' (5th ed., Paris : Geuthner, 1976).
The ebook measures 8.5 through 11.0 inches, is well-printed on robust paper, and is sure in a robust wrapper. In either layout and process it follows O'Neill's well known and powerful 'Kana Workbook' very closely.
Snell's 'Workbook' is a wonderful booklet which achieves what it units out to do. because it covers purely a hundred and ten symptoms, it won't in fact flip the person right into a full-fledged scribe. however it can be of price to novices in cuneiform, and it may support dispel a few of the secret which surrounds the gorgeous yet advanced cuneiform signs.
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5.0 out of five stars very good November five, 2004
By Recep Sami Ciner
I newly bought this ebook. Intuitevely you'll get into memorising cuneiform characters with assistance from this workbook. with out 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 reminiscent of this might be released to aid us to development into changing into complete scribes. I totally recommend.
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5.0 out of five stars the best way To studying Cuneiform March 10, 2007
By Jim
I accept as true with the former comments.

I'm attempting to examine Akkadian with assistance from Huehnergard's very good Grammar of Akkadian, and comprehend little or no of cuneiform.

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

The ebook looms better than its expense (though I obtained it from a distinct seller).

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