Sumerian as an Additional Language

Statuette of an ancient Sumerian. Louvre, Paris.

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Sumerian was the language of ancient Sumer, spoken in Southern Mesopotamia since at least the 4th millennium BC. It was gradually replaced by Akkadian as a spoken language in the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, but continued to be used as a sacred, ceremonial, literary and scientific language in Mesopotamia until the first century AD.

Sumerian may be offered as a second language within the B.A. in Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Sumerian is studied for six terms, starting in the second year of the degree. No prior knowledge of Sumerian is expected at undergraduate level.

Sumerian may also be studied for between four and six terms within the two-year M.Phil. in Cuneiform Studies. This graduate degree has a range of options and is designed for those new to the field and those who have previously studied cuneiform.