Before The Muses: An Anthology Of Akkadian Literature by Benjamin R. Foster

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3. E. Reiner, “ Plague Amulets and House Blessings,” JN E S 19 (i960), 14 8 -155; W. G. Lambert, “ Myth and Ritual as Conceived by the Babylonians,” JS S 13 (1968), 10 4 -112 . 4. Livingstone, Court Poetry, 64; see, in general, A. Finet, “ Allusions et reminiscences comme source d’information sur la diffusion de la litterature,” C R R A I 32 (1985), 13 - 17 ; W . W. Hallo, “ Proverbs Quoted in Epic,” Studies Moran, 20 3-217. 9, and p. 25 note 3. i Kenal epiciTa (kte hd 1 Alene Peciili fpicM a ].

Hallo, AS 20 (1975), 19 5-19 6 . 3. J. Brinkman, Prelude to Empire (Philadelphia, 1984), 49 note 230. 4. J. J. Finkelstein, “ Mesopotamian Historiography,” PAPS 107/6 (1963), 461-472; A. K. Grayson, “ Divination and the Babylonian Chronicles,” C P JL A I 14 (1965), 69-76; P. S u c h dualities may acquire lives o f their own independent o f genuine historical traditions worked into literary compositions. To take another example, descriptions of suffering in laments, confessional texts, and medical incantations may draw on medical diagnostic treatises (see the Poem o f the Righteous Sufferer [III.

TiSft): HCKii ^ewos 'eriii: :r:ik edlEu ifeoiek :ooiiii: ‘[aD O E' tpre^ 2. V E R S E S T R U C T U R E As for verse structure,^ individual lines o f poetry generally consist o f complete sentences or thoughts. Each line tends to be divided into halves, sometimes indi­ cated, especially in later manuscripts, by a blank space in the middle o f the line. Each half line tends to consist o f three or four words, and the fine is divided so as to allow patterning o f stress units. Lines o f poetry often come in pairs (distiches), which can be related to each other by sound, stress patterning, and meaning.

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