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Studia Pohl (Series Maior)

Direttore: Werner Mayer, S.J.

Il Pontificio Istituto Biblico dedica questa collana alla memoria di P. Alfred Pohl, fondatore della Facoltà degli Studi sull’Antico Oriente. Studia Pohl riproduce ricerche storiche e filologiche sull’Antico Oriente per consentire agli studenti di presentare i risultati dei propri studi di dottorato al grande pubblico.

Late Babylonian Field Plans in the British Museum

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Nemet-Nejat, Karen R.

“Studia Pohl Series Maior” 11

1982, pp. XVI-461 + 56 tavv.




This study discusses a collection of seventy Late Babylonian field plans in the British Museum.

The provenience of these tablets, when known, is with rare exceptions, Babylon, and many are dated to the reign of King Darius.

They form a unified corpus and serve to fill a gap in our knowledge of the cartographic phenomenon of field plans, up to now attested only for the Neo-Sumerian, Old Babylonian and Middle Babylonian periods. With the exception of Text 23 all tablets in this corpus are previously unpublished.

The tablets have been re-numbered in this study on the basis of the number of field plans extant on them and the dates of the texts have been converted to the Julian calendar .


Introduction to Akkadian

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Caplice, Richard

“Studia Pohl Series Maior” 9

2002 Fourth Edition (revised reprint of third edition), pp. X-106 + 1 tab.




The present edition of the Introduction to Akkadian is fully revised, and supplied with indices to the Akkadian vocabularies and sign-lists, an English-Akkadian glossary, and a paradigm of the strong verbs.

The Introduction is intended as a tool in offering a twelve lessons or one semester course in essential Akkadian grammar.

The reading exercises in transliteration and in cuneiform are designed to introduce the student to common vocabulary and basic cuneiform signs.

The exercises are chose from Old Babylonian, but signs are introduced, as is customary, in their Neo-Assyrian form.

In addition to the twelve lessons there are appendices dealing with Akkadian phonetics and metrology, indices, and a paradigm of the strong verb.


The Four Egyptian Homographic Roots B-3

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Ward, William A.

“Studia Pohl Series Maior” 6

1978, pp. XVI-196 + 6 figg.




The purpose of this study is to examine in detail four Egyptian roots with the consonantal structure B-3 which have distinct origins and meanings.

The author shows that while there are scores of terms in Egyptian which derive from an original biconsonantal B-3, they are not all related to each other but arise from four quite separate roots. While these words have sometimes been confused with each other or derived from the same root, a close look at their various contexts and their relation to similarity constructed words and to the Semitic cognates involved shows this is not the case.

The study of these roots shows that is possible to clarify with more precision the etymology of many common terms and allows appreciating the role of morphological changes.


Untersuchungen zur Formensprache der babylonischen “Gebetsbeschwörungen”

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Mayer, Werner

“Studia Pohl: Series Maior” 5

1976, pp. XVI-576




Die vorliegende Untersuchung wurde im Jahre 1975 von der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Münster/Westfalen als Dissertation angenommen.

Herrn Prof. W. Von Soden, unter dessen Leitung die Arbeit entsandt, möchte ich hier an erster Stelle danken für seine stets wohlwollende Förderung, für so manche Hilfe bei der Interpretation der Texte, für Kollationen in London sowie für zahlreiche Anregungen, Ergänzungen und Hinweise.

Auf die Idee, mich mit den “Gebetsbeschwörungen” näher zu befassen, brachte mich Prof. O. Loretz, der mir auch seine Kollationen zu Berliner Texten sowie seine Kopien von Londoner Texten großzügig zur Verfügung stellte.


A Late Egyptian Grammar

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Cerny, Jaroslav – Groll, Sarah I.

“Studia Pohl Series Maior” 4

1993, pp. LXXXIV-620




This book has been compiled by uniting the various notebooks of various Egyptologists who had attended  Professor Cerny’s lectures into one comprehensive picture.

Groll transliterated the Egyptian and completed the translation of examples frequently left untranslated. Chapters on prepositions, adverbs and particles, which were left incomplete or unwritten, have been extended and re-written.

Finally, this study carries out the writing of the theoretical side of the Grammar, especially the verbal system, left by Cerny completely unwritten. Groll took account of recent works and incorporated them in the theory of the grammar and bibliography.


Nanna-Suen’s Journey to Nippur

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Ferrara, A. J.

“Studia Pohl: Series Maior” 2

1973, pp. 180 + 10 Figures




The composition entitled “Nanna-Suen’s Journey to Nippur” (ur-sag-e, according to its incipit) is one of a number of Sumerian literary compositions which have been recognized as having a thematic similarity and have been classified accordingly as “divine journeys”.

The composition have, as one of their central themes, a journey (usually by boat) taken by a deity to a cult center outside his or her own province.

A sizeable body of non-literary evidence suggests that journeys such as these were a central and meaningful practice of the Sumerian cultus and ritual journeys of divine images or emblems are well-attested in offering lists of the Old-Sumerian and Neo-Sumerian periods.


Neo-Assyrian Royal Grants and Decrees

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Postgate, John Nicholas

“Studia Pohl: Series Maior” 1

1969, pp. 146 + 28 Plates.




The following pages present an edition of a group of texts which were for the most part published by Johns, in Assyrian Deeds and Documents, and edited by Ungnad (and Kohler) in Assyrische Rechtsurkunden, Nos. 1-30.

These texts were recopied and were given a new transliteration of each, with notes and a discussion of the non-philological problems.

The author finds two main reasons for presenting this study. In the first place, his initial collation of the Nineveh texts revealed a fair number of corrections which should be made to the initial collection of the copies and edition of Johns and Ungnad and a first attempt to edit the assur and Sultantepe texts was clearly desirable. Secondly, the lack of an adequate study of this group of documents. An attempt to discuss the nature of the takes mentioned is made in the second volume written by Postgate on this subject.

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