(Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice)

About the Course


What is cuneiform? In which area did it spread and for what languages ​​was it used? How was it deciphered? How was cuneiform writing born and developed and what are the principles that govern its functioning? Cunei-Lab explores cuneiform writing and how it works, with particular reference to its use to express the Akkadian language. Students will be guided to read and decipher simple signs from cuneiform and will be introduced at the same time to investigate the relationships that exist between material support and written text, in the context of the production of the Mesopotamian scribal schools.

Instruction Language

  1. I. Finkel – J. Taylor, Cuneiform, London 2015.
  2. CBF Walker, Reading the Past. Cuneiform, London 1987 (Italian translation: Cuneiform writing, Rome, 2008).
  3. B. Lion – C. Michel (ed.), Les écritures cunéiformes et leur déchiffrement, Paris, 2008 (Italian translation: Cuneiform writings. History, uses, deciphering, Udine, 2012).
  4. RK Englund, “Accounting in Proto-cuneiform” in K. Radner- E. Robson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture, Oxford, 2011, pp. 32-50.

Course Instructor


Dept. of Humanistic Studies


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