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Bibil Identifier bibil:201985
Publication Type Book
Title (German, Long) Enmerkara und dere Herr von Arata
Title (German, ) Ein ungleicher Wettstreit
Author Mittermayer, Catherine
Series Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis (Volume: 239)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature TO DEFINE
Publishing house Academic Press
Place Fribourg
ISBN 978-3-7278-1652-9
Publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place Göttingen
ISBN 978-3-525-54359-7
Edition number 1
Language German
Pages vii Pages
386 Pages
I-XXIX (sic!) (Plates) Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract The Sumerian narrative on Enmerkara and the Lord of Arata is part of the thematically orienteed Uruk cycle, which describes and celebrates the hegemony of Sumer over the distant, resource-rich East. The heart of the story consists of a competition between Enmerkara, the powerful king of Uruk, and his unnamed eastern counterpart, the king of the legendary city of Arata, for the favors of the goddess Innana. The power of this rhetorical masterpiecee lies in its entertainment value. The subtly drawn characters of the two competitors and their eloquent dialogues leave the audience in no doubt as to the superiority of Enmerkara, and the inept, even comical reactions of the lord of Arata contribute to this picture.
The 637 lines of Enmerkara and the Lord of Arata are preserved in 23 manuscripts of the Old Babylonian period. The text is presented in the form of a score with composite text, translation, commentary and copies of previously unpublished material. The introduction offers an analysis of the narrative's structure and content, as well as an investigation on the protagonists and the geographical framework of the story.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Sumer : Literature : Myths and Narratives
Genres Edition (Original Text)
Modern Translation
Last modification 2017-10-27