Scientists post readings of ancient Babylonian poems online

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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:11 pm » by Kingz


Heard for the first time in 2,000 years: Scientists post readings of ancient Babylonian poems online
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The ancient language of Babylonian can be heard for the first time in almost 2,000 years after Cambridge University scholars posted readings and poems online.

Babylonian, one of the chief languages of Ancient Mesopotamia, dates back as far as the second millennium BC but died out around 2,000 years ago.

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A clay tablet known as the Jursa tablet that proves the existence of a Babylonian official in the Bible

However, Cambridge historians have resurrected the ancient tongue by discovering how the language was pronounced and spoken.

Researchers have now recorded readings of ancient tablets, poems and laws, and posted them online.

The project is the brainchild of Dr Martin Worthington, of the University of Cambridge, who described uncovering the pronunciation as 'detective work'.

These tablets have not been read aloud for over 2,000 years and working out how Babylonian was pronounced required detailed forensic investigation.

Researchers studied letter combinations and spelling patterns as well as transcriptions into other 'known' languages to unlock the key to the language.

Dr Worthington said: 'Whenever I tell people what I do, the first question they ask is what did Babylonian sound like, and how do you know? It's essentially detective work.

'We will never know for sure that a Babylonian would have approved of our attempts at pronunciation, but by looking at the original sources closely, we can make a pretty good guess.

'In the end I decided that the best thing to do would be to create a resource where people can listen to it for themselves.

'I also wanted to dispel some long-standing myths. Many people think that the further you go back in history, the less you know about it.

'In fact, we have masses of information about the Babylonians.' Dr Worthington has released 30 recordings including excerpts from some of the earliest works of literature known to man.

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Scholars have rediscovered how to speak the language of the King Of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar

These texts were taken from cuneiform inscriptions found on clay tablets in Mesopotamia, which comprises Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.

These include the Epic of Gilgamesh and also documents including the Codex Hammurabi, an ancient law code dating from 1790BC.

Dr Worthington hopes that when listeners hear the sound of Babylonian they will be encouraged to study the language further.

He said: 'In many cases these stories are the equivalent of Old English tales like Beowulf.

'Through them, we meet gods, giants, monsters and all sorts of other weird and wonderful creatures. As stories they are amazing fun.'

The collection of Babylonian readings is available to listen to for free at:
www.speechisfire.com

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... years.html
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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:16 pm » by Kingz


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While the great Anunakkū sevenfold

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let the Igigū toil under the corvée

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Anu, their father, the king,

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their counsellor, heroic Enlil,

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their chamberlain Ninurta

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and their sheriff Ennugi,

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had taken in hand a shaker,

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had cast lots; the gods had divided.

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Anu had gone up away to heaven,

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Enlil had seized earth as his realm,

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the bolts and the slings of the sea

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had been given to Enki the prince.

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The ones of Anu had gone up to heaven,

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and the ones of Enki had descended into Aps

Enlil asks himself:

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“Is this done to me again and again?

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Have I to do battle with the Igigū?

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What did I see with my own eyes?

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Combat has come close to my gate!”

http://niburu.nl/index.php?articleID=24081


For all translated & Original spoken texts in audio got to:
http://people.pwf.cam.ac.uk/mjw65/BAPLAR/Archive

if you like this topic, I suggest too check it out! :o :shock:

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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:18 pm » by TheDuck


Very cool post man.

Ps have you enabled bb code for your sig?
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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:18 pm » by Freeyourmindnow


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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:20 pm » by Kingz


[quote="theduck"]Very cool post man.

Ps have you enabled bb code for your sig?[/quote]

Yeah dude... I have no idea what that is about..? :headscratch:

i asked it several times, but nobody answered really (sorry hjehehe I found the topic.. you guys did answer :oops: ), anyway I still have no idea how to change it, i will try and check that bbcode thing out! thanks for pointing it out! :cheers:

I will try a few things here and there!
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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:23 pm » by Emeraldtruth


Excellent post, thanks. I look forward to reading it in more depth tonight.
The excerpt alone you provided is right up my alley. Really fascinating.
:D :cheers:

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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:29 pm » by Kingz


emeraldtruth wrote:Excellent post, thanks. I look forward to reading it in more depth tonight.
The excerpt alone you provided is right up my alley. Really fascinating.
:D :cheers:


No problem mate... I thought some folks here would find this interesting!
The link to speechisfree is really fascinating, some interesting stuff to go through :flop:

And my signature problem is fixed... Thanks Guys!
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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:36 pm » by Blaborde1488


Thanks for posting, i need to save this one.

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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 7:38 pm » by Boondox681


wattup kingz?
effen sweet!this should keep me busy for a while.
thanx for the share bro :flop:
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PostThu Sep 30, 2010 8:10 pm » by Bandanko


link sent to work, I'll be listening to that tomorrow :)

nice find mate


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