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Legends of the Kings of Akkade: The Texts (Joan Goodnick Westenholz) Paperback Book, (Eisenbrauns, 1997) 9781575063119
Legends of the Kings of Akkade: The Texts (Joan Goodnick Westenholz) Paperback Book, (Eisenbrauns, 1997) 9781575063119
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Title: Legends of the Kings of Akkade: The Texts

Author: Westenholz, Joan Goodnick

Publisher: Eisenbrauns; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9781575063119

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiii, 410

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The most impressive legacy of the Dynasty of Akkade (ca. 2310-2160 B.C.E.) was the widespread, popular legends of its kings. Dr. Westenholz offers an annotated edition of all the known legends of the Akkadian kings, with transliteration, translation, and commentary. Of particular interest to biblical scholars is the inclusion of "The Birth Legend of Sargon," which is often compared to Moses in Exodus.

Table of Contents


Note on Transliteration

Concordance of Museum Numbers

Concordance of Publication Numbers


Chapter 1. Introduction

Definition of the Corpus

Recovery of the Texts and the History of Scholarship


Poetic Discourse, Orthography, and Grammar

Part A: Sargon

Chapter 2. The Sargon "Autobiographies"

Text 1. Old Babylonian Fragment: "I, Sargon"

Text 2. "The Wisdom of Sargon": The "Birth Legend" of Sargon

Chapter 3. Sargon's Rise to Power: Sargon, Ur-Zababa, and Lugalzagesi

Text 5. Sumerian-Akkadian Bilingual Exercise Text

Chapter 4. Res Gestae Sargonis

Text 6. "Sargon, the Conquering Hero"

Text 7. "Sargon in Foreign Lands"


Text 8. "Sargon, the Lion"

Text 9. "King of Battle"

Text 9B. Amarna Recension

Text 9C. Amarna Fragment

Text 9D. Assur Fragment

Text 9E. Nineveh Recension

Chapter 5. The Sargon Letters

Text 10. Nippur Letter

Text 11. Ur Letter

Part B: Naram-Sin

Chapter 6. Naram-Sin and the Lord of Apisal

Text 12. "Naram-Sin and the Lord of Apisal"

Chapter 7. Erra and Naram-Sin

Text 13. "Erra and Naram-Sin"

Chapter 8. Elegy on the Death of Naram-Sin

Text 14. "Elegy on the Death of Naram-Sin"

Chapter 9. The Great Revolt against Naram-Sin

Text 15. The Old Akkadian Exercise

Text 16. The Old Babylonian Excerpt Versions

Text 16A. Mari Version

Text 16B. Geneva Version

Text 17. "Gula-AN and the Seventeen Kings against Naram-Sin"

Text 19. "The Tenth Battle"

Chapter 10. "Naram-Sin and the Enemy Hordes": The "Cuthean Legend" of Naram-Sin

Text 20. The Old Babylonian Edition

Text 21. The Middle Babylonian Recension

Text 22. The Standard Babylonian Recension


Composite Text and Translation

Manuscripts and Score


Index of Personal Names

Index of Divine Names

Index of Geographical and Topographical Names

Index of Literary Texts

Index of Words Discussed

General Index

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