Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The newly discovered fragment of exemplar L2 of the Sumerian King List published by M. Civil in this journal makes possible a new reconstruction of the first six kings of Kish. The text offered in this chapter employs the line count and sigla of Thorkild Jacobsen. The hope that L2 might be assigned to its proper place in a presumed original by physical inspection was expressed by Kraus. The author uses the expression "Sumerian historiography" to test the validity of the proposition that literary sources may be used, with due caution, in historiographical reconstructions. In the field of Assyriology, the term historiography is used in two very different senses. On the one hand it refers to the manner in which the ancients remembered their own past, on the other hand to the theoretical problems raised by our modern reconstructions of that same past.

Keywords: ancient historiographers; kings of Kish; Kraus; Nippur recension; Sumerian historiography; Thorkild Jacobsen



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The World's Oldest Literature — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation