What Did Ancient Akkadian Sound Like?

Well, that’s a matter of some debate. A new (to me) website , created by Martin Worthington of Cambridge, seeks to address the question. Aside from wanting to be a discussion forum, the site features Assyriologists reading Babylonian and Assyrian poetry and literature. Give it a listen. So far, there is’t much discussion but the site does have readings from a dozen or so texts including Codex Hammurabi, Gilgamesh (a couple of versions and sections), Ludlul bēl nēmeqi, tablet II and Ištar’s Descent to the Netherworld.
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3 thoughts on “What Did Ancient Akkadian Sound Like?”

  1. So, it looks like my blog Paleoglot has been removed without warning and no explanation by the Google team. They say I’m in “violation” but leave me guessing as to what that supposed violation is. Not only was my blog removed today some time around noon but I’m denied access to my gmail account as well.
    All I can say is “Dammit!” and “WTF!!!” I can’t believe how petty and random Google is. I can only suspect that they didn’t like me housing my Flash programs on my own personal account at “Google Sites” for Paleoglot at Blogger. (Yet, there’s simply no way of housing Flash for free, it seems, and Blogger doesn’t let me upload flv files for yet another strange and random reason.) So, because of this conflict perhaps, Google has annihilated me without warning or means to defend myself. Nice message to send to users, Google!
    Sufficed to say, regardless of if the “Google team” decides to fix this, I’ll certainly be avoiding all things Google from now on, including Blogger. I’ve clearly trusted them too much and I’ve been burned big time.

  2. Glen,
    That sucks! One of the reasons I run my own server is to avoid what happened to you. Another reason is geekiness. The upside is that I have control of everything. The major downside is limited bandwidth. I know that on occasion my service is impacted by lack of bandwidth. That could be fixed or at least improved but at a cost I am not willing to pay. I also worry about attacks and therefore have limited external access to many of blog functions. This would be easy to fix but I enjoy a good night’s sleep. If you are correct about Flash programs, I can understand their problem a bit. I would be concerned about any excusables that I didn’t write or at least vet rather completely. But it is really bad to just wipe out someone’s blog without giving them a reason and an opportunity to fix whatever the concern might be.

  3. Godaddy has an option of virtual dedicated servers… you pretty much have full control, have good bandwidth and uptime, and it doesn’t cost a lot (I only pay 30$/mn). I use to run my own servers at home, this is the next best thing, and it costs me about half of what I was paying when the servers were at home. The downside is godaddy’s navigation could use a little improvement, sometimes I feel like a mouse trying to get the cheese I know is somewhere in the maze (I was at the cheese last year, I can smell it now… where the heck?).

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