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Your praise Is sweet: a memorial volume for Jeremy Black from students, colleagues, and friends

Baker, HD and Robson, E (Eds). (2010) Your praise Is sweet: a memorial volume for Jeremy Black from students, colleagues, and friends. British School of Archaeology in Iraq: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This volume is intended as a tribute in memory of our teacher, colleague and friend, Jeremy Black. The scope of the contributions to it are a testament to Jeremy’s own wide-ranging interests and to his ability to forge scholarly connections and friendships among all who shared his interest in Mesopotamia. His readiness to engage especially with younger scholars is reflected in the number of articles written by colleagues at an early stage in their careers. Jeremy’s own career followed a varied and interesting path. Prior to his appointment as University Lecturer in Akkadian at Oxford in 1988, he had spent a year (1981–2) as a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute in Chicago working on the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, followed by several years in Baghdad, first as the Assistant Director of the British Archaeological Expedition to Iraq (1982–5), and then as its Director (1986–8). His time in Iraq awakened in Jeremy a deep affection for the country and its people, and he was profoundly affected by the recent tragic events there. In recent years Jeremy became best known for the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature, a collaborative project which began with a pilot study in 1997 and went on to make editions and translations of numerous key Sumerian literary compositions available not only to scholars but also to the wider public. While the Sumerian language and literature were his main academic interests, his publications (listed on pp. vii–xi) embraced such diverse topics as Akkadian bird names, Parthian history, and amethysts. But to list these formidable academic achievements is not to do justice to the person Jeremy was: above all a kind, patient and inspiring teacher, as well as a stimulating colleague and firm friend. We are grateful to all those colleagues who took the time to contribute to this volume, as well as to Jeremy’s half-brother, Peter Mitchell, for kindly writing the Afterword. Tessa Rickards generously contributed her etching of a Sumerian cylinder seal for the title page. We especially thank the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, in particular Jon Taylor and the publications committee, for taking on the task of publishing it.

Type: Book
Title: Your praise Is sweet: a memorial volume for Jeremy Black from students, colleagues, and friends
ISBN: 0903472287
ISBN-13: 9780903472289
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.bisi.ac.uk/content/your-praise-sweet-me...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2010 The British Institute for the Study of Iraq. Courtesy of The British Institute for the Study of Iraq www.bisi.ac.uk - advancing research and public understanding of Iraq in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1409045
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