Ancient Documents On Line

The World Digital Library has released the first in a new set of ancient documents. I’m very excited that this includes quite a bit of Sumerian material, because that is what I’ve been reading lately.


  1. #1 Mankel
    April 24, 2009

    When you finish you can take into the hieroglyphs or the Mayan, no?

  2. #2 Jason Thibeault
    April 24, 2009

    Sumerian? Not exactly light bathroom reading. Tell us when you get to the stuff about the Elder Gods (or alternately, debunk that Lovecraft ever read any source materials in “Ancient Sumerian”).

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    April 24, 2009

    I’m not reading the original language, though that would be fun. It all looks like gobbledygook to me.

  4. #4 DrA
    April 24, 2009

    When in graduate school sometime in the middle of last century, my wife was in history, and I met a professor of ancient history. I wondered why so few students (0) were working with such an interesting and well known scholar. For starters you needed to be able to read Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Depending upon what you studied, you might need hieroylphics, Sanskrit, Sumerian cuniform, and what all. Usually about 5 dead languages did the trick. And to think I worried about my language requirement for the PhD.

  5. #5 Dan J
    April 24, 2009

    I saw the item about the launch of the World digital Library in Wikipedia’s news section and promptly spent a couple hours perusing available documents. I can tell already that the site is going to take up more of my time in the future. Sometimes it just isn’t very productive being fascinated by such material.