Print hardcover published in honour founder of the Schøyen Collection M. O. Schøyen


With three collections already studied and published under the Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology (CUSAS) series, a new publication, Lexical Texts in the Schøyen Collection by Miguel Civil, has become the fourth to be printed and the first to be included in the university's online digital Cuneiform Library.

The lexical texts in the Schøyen Collection constitute perhaps the most important group of new lexical sources now known. Miguel Civil has prepared the complete publication of this remarkably well-preserved and diverse collection of sources that adds greatly to the Materials for the Sumerian Lexicon (MSL) series and particularly to those working in lexicography, philology, and Sumerian and Babylonian culture.

The publication is dedicated to the memory of M. O. Schøyen (1896-1962), engineer and father of Martin Schøyen, who started the collection around 1920.

Martin Schøyen said: "The collection has been my life, but it was actually begun by my father. I hope that this publication helps ensure that his role in getting the collection going is asknowledged."

The volume contains an introduction and complete editions of all the texts, including full transliterations and commentaries, along with accompanying photos of the tablets. This is an invaluable resource for all those working on the languages and culture of Mesopotamia.

Note to Editors:

The Schøyen Collection crosses borders and unites cultures, religions and unique materials found nowhere else. The Collection, based in London and Oslo, contains over 20,000 significant manuscripts of major cultural importance and is an important part of the world’s heritage.

There is no public collection that has the Schøyen Collection’s unique array of manuscripts from all the greatest manuscript hoards, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Cairo Genizah of Hebrew MSS, The Oxyrhynchus hoard of classical papyri, The Dishna Biblical papyri, The Nag Hammadi Gnostic papyri, the Dunhuang hoard of Buddhist MSS, and many others. Nor is there one with such a variety, geographically, linguistically and textually, and of scripts and writing materials, covering so a great span of time — 5,000 years of history.

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