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Recommended Readings & Audio Visual Titles


George, Andrew. The Epic of Gilgamesh. New York: Penguin, 2003.

Coogan, Michael D. Stories from Ancient Canaan. Louisville, KY: The Westminster Press, 1978.

Dalley, Stephanie. Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Daniels, Peter T. and William Bright, eds. The World’s Writing Systems. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Foster, Benjamin. From Distant Days: Myths, Tales, and Poetry of Ancient Mesopotamia. Bethesda, MD: Capital Decisions, Ltd., 1995.

Hoffner, Hary. Hittite Myths. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1991.

Houston, Stephen D. The First Writing: Script Invention as History and Process. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Sampson, Geoffrey. Writing Systems: A Linguistic Introduction. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1985.

Senner, Wayne M. The Origins of Writing. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

Simpson, William K. The Literature of Ancient Egypt. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.

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