Ur-Namma the Canal-Digger: Context, Continuity and Change in Sumerian Literature

  title={Ur-Namma the Canal-Digger: Context, Continuity and Change in Sumerian Literature},
  author={Steve Tinney},
  journal={Journal of Cuneiform Studies},
  pages={31 - 54}
  • S. Tinney
  • Published 1 January 1999
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Cuneiform Studies
serves to be considered one of the great achievements of the twentieth century. The basic principle of this reconstruction, however, leaves a widespread sense of unease, resting as it does on a compromise between the practical need (one might almost call it a romantic desire) to have a "complete" text and the methodological awareness that in almost no case did those texts ever exist as reconstructed.' Nor is it often the case, however, that we have multiple sources of a single composition that… 
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ndqu, with their Forerunner.s and Related Texts, MSL 14 (Rome: Pontilicium Institutum Biblicum
  • The texts from Ur date perhaps twenty years earlier,
  • 1979
19-23; see A. Sj6berg, "Miscellaneous Sumerian Texts: II" JCS
  • 1977
G6tter-Hymnen und Kult-Gesange der Sumerer auf zwei Keilschrift-'Katalogen' in der Hilprecht-Sammlung" WZJ
  • 1956
U 31: na-ri-mu u4 hb-gil-la bal ub-ba id-k&S-khi mu-ge U1: [...] u4 hb-gail-la bal ub-ba / id-k&s-kih mu-se *53. U 41: bala-na nig iriki-ma-ke4 sil-am u4 mi
Y 18: den-lil-Flel ub-da-limmu-ba rx xl
Y 20: den-ki-rke4l gedtug dag[al]-rla-mul
] u6 di-da-bi / [si] riml-mi-insi-a *22
gi zi kih-babbar-ra gub-ba-am im-mi-ir-mi-ri U1: [x (x)] rx1 zi kh-babbar-ra gub-ba-am / im-mi-ir-mi-ri U2: [x] rgi zil
x-da air-bi im-mi-in-gi U1: [x (x)] rxl-da ar-bi im-mi-in-gi *28