Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, by Annette Imhausen

By Annette Imhausen

Drugs, astronomy, facing numbers - even the cultures of the ""pre-modern"" global provide a wealthy spectrum of clinical texts. yet how are they top translated? Is it enough to translate the assets into sleek medical language, and thereby, notably, to spot their deficits? Or wouldn't it be larger to undertake the viewpoint of the resources themselves, unusual as they're, just for them to not be safely understood by way of sleek readers? popular representatives of varied disciplines and traditions current a debatable and confident dialogue of those difficulties.

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1986. Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars. Oxford: Oxford University Press. MAUL, Stefan M. 1994. Zukunftsbewältigung. Eine Untersuchung altorientalischen Denkens anhand der babylonisch-assyrischen Löserituale (Namburbi) (Baghdader Forschungen, 18). Mainz: von Zabern. MAUL, Stefan M. 1999. „Das Wort im Worte. Orthographie und Etymologie als hermeneutische Verfahren babylonischer Gelehrter“. In: Glenn W. ), Commentaries/Kommentare (Aporemata, 4). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: 1–18.

Der hier in Ausschnitten zitierte Text ist in mehrfacher Hinsicht problematisch: die Vorgeschichte ist – wie so häufig in Briefen – unbekannt. Aufgrund der Beschädigungen im unteren Tafelteil ist die Argumentation teilweise verloren; und schließlich erschweren eine ganze Reihe grammatikalischer wie lexikalischer Probleme das Verständnis. Die teilweise divergierenden Deutungsvorschläge unter den verschiedenen Lemmata in den einschlägigen Wörterbüchern machen die Schwierigkeiten mit individuellen oder gar fachterminologischen Ausdrucksweisen hinreichend deutlich.

Ziel muss es sein, das Vorhandensein bzw. Nichtvorhandensein solcher – und anderer – Erkenntnistechniken innerhalb der keilschriftlichen Überlieferung zu prüfen. Die Konstitution des Gegenstandes und seine erkenntnistechnische Erschließung stehen in einem gegenseitigen, modifizierenden Abhängig{ist} nicht notwendigerweise als ein Zeichen mangelnden mathematischen Verständnisses zu werten. Es ist nicht auszuschließen, daß die babylonischen Schreiber auch ohne formelle Definitionen und Beweise zu Einsichten gelangen konnten...

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