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The course will introduce you to a fascinating world of gods and demons, heroes and kings. The readings are drawn from myths, letters, law-codes, medical incantations, and other authentic, ancient writings. The language is presented in the Roman alphabet, with an explanation of cuneiform script, and the main features of Assyrian - cognate with Babylonian - are also explained. Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features in this book from Teach Yourself, the No. 1 brand in language learning.
Complete Babylonian includes:
Part one - Getting started
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: How to use this book
Chapter 3: Pronunciation
Chapter 4: Writing Babylonian in Roman Characters
Chapter 5: Roots and patterns
Part two - Nouns and adjectives
Chapter 6: Overview of nouns and adjectives
Chapter 7: Nouns and adjectives, singular
Chapter 8: Nouns, plural
Chapter 9: Adjectives, plural
Chapter 10: The construct state
Chapter 11: Possessive suffixes
Chapter 12: The dual
Chapter 13: Prepositions
Part three - Strong verbs
Chapter 14: Overview of verbs
Chapter 15: The present
Chapter 16: The preterite
Chapter 17: The perfect
Chapter 18: The stative and the verbal adjective
Chapter 19: Verbs with accusative, dative and ventive suffixes
Chapter 20: The imperative
Chapter 21: The precative
Chapter 22: The infinitive
Part four: Weak and irregular verbs
Chapter 23: III-weak verbs
Chapter 24: I-weak verbs
Chapter 25: II-weak verbs
Chapter 26: I-w verbs
Chapter 27: Doubly weak verbs
Chapter 28: Three irregular verbs
Part five - Clauses into sentences
Chapter 29: Verbless clauses
Chapter 30: Joining clauses into sentences
Chapter 31: Particularities of relative clauses with sa
Chapter 32: The interrelation of clauses
Part six - Further topics
Chapter 33: The Gtn, Dtn and Stn systems
Chapter 34: The Gt, Dt and St systems
Chapter 35: Participles
Chapter 36: Adverbs
Chapter 37: Independent pronouns
Chapter 38: Quadrilateral verbs
Chapter 39: Numbers
Chapter 40: Cuneiform: some worked examples
Chapter 41: The main features of Assyrian
Chapter 42: Taking things further
Part seven - Reference
Chapter 43: Some common words
Chapter 44: The main features of syllabic spellings
Chapter 45: Summary of strong verbs' cores and suffixes
Chapter 46: Forming nouns and patterns
Chapter 47: Some sound changes
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Martin Worthington is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He specialises in Babylonian and Assyrian grammar, literature and medicine. In 2009 he received the Greenfield Prize from the American Oriental Society.