PAPVB_13 Sumerian language

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
prof. Frans Wiggermann (lecturer), Mgr. Inna Mateiciucová, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Inna Mateiciucová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Mon 30. 4. 9:10–12:25 U36, Wed 2. 5. 9:10–12:25 U37, Thu 3. 5. 9:10–12:25 U35, Mon 7. 5. 9:10–12:25 U36, Wed 9. 5. 9:10–12:25 U37, Thu 10. 5. 9:10–12:25 U35
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/15, only registered: 0/15, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The sources for the Sumerian language date basically to the third millennium. The course will treat the language and the logographic writing system by reading simple inscriptions (12x2 hours teaching sessions plus home work; Volk 1992, Edzard 2003, Wiggermann 2010a). During the teaching sessions the political and religious background of the inscriptions will be discussed (Postgate 1992, Van De Mieroop 2004, Wiggermann 2010b).
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to: read, understand and use simple text written in Sumerian script. She/He will be able to use text to understand historical contexts.
  • 1) introduction, history, geography and ethnicity of Ancient mesopotamia; 2) writing systems, cuneiform writing and its development; 3) morphology, fonology; 4) nouns; 5) adjectives, adverbials; 6) verbs; 7) basic sumerian texts; 8) iconography, most important Sumerian artefacts (Statuettes of Gudea, Varka Vase...)
    recommended literature
  • Volk, K. 1999: A Sumerian Reader
  • Wiggermann, F.A.M. 2010b: Syllabus Cultural History
  • Postgate, J.N. 1992: Early Mesopotamia
  • Edzard, D. O. 2003: Sumerian Grammar
  • Volk, K. 1999: A Sumerian Reader
  • Wiggermann, F.A.M. 2010a: Syllabus Beginners Sumerian
  • Van De Mieroop, M. 2004: A History of the Ancient Near East
Teaching methods
Each course will take two weeks, and involve 12x2 hours of teaching sessions plus additional home work.
Assessment methods
written test
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Spring 2013.
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