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The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition$
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Dennis Pardee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264928

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.001.0001

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Ugaritic Literary Composition

Ugaritic Literary Composition

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(p.41) 2 Ugaritic Literary Composition
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The Ugaritic Texts and the Origins of West-Semitic Literary Composition
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Dennis Pardee

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264928.003.0002

Chapter 1 attempted a rough sketch of the uses of writing at Ugarit and, particularly, of the types of texts that are attested in the alphabetic script and the Ugaritic language. It showed that of the roughly 175 religious texts, only about fifty may be qualified as belletristic; virtually all of these are couched in poetry and all deal with aspects of the divine. It would be impossible to cover all of these texts even superficially in the space allotted, and, instead of flitting from one to another in a selection of these texts, this chapter concentrates on the longest literary composition from Ugarit, the six tablets making up the so-called Baal Cycle.

Keywords:   Ugaritic texts, Ugaritic language, Ugarit, tablets, Baal Cycle

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