Sebastian Fink (University of Innsbruck, Austria) “A Symphony of Destruction: Describing Disaster in Sumerian Lamentations”

Abstract:

Sumerian texts describing disaster from the victim’s perspective are known from the third millennium to the end of cuneiform writing. Their evolution goes hand in hand with texts describing destruction from the perspective of the winner, and we have numerous texts that describe in detail what was done in order to punish an enemy. Here I will concentrate on the language of destruction in lamentations and explore how the horrors of war are depicted in these lamentations.

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