This volume is a revised Ph.D. dissertation submitted to Leipzig University in 2017 and guided by Michael P. Streck. It seeks to write a “river history,” focusing on the use of the names Idigna/Idiglat (“Tigris”) and Buranuna/Purattu (“Euphrates”) in cuneiform literature. Some of the questions Blaschke sought to answer touch on etymology, chronology (Which genres, periods, and regions refer to the river the most?), geography (Is it possible to deduce information about the geography of the region by reading the texts?), mental mapping (Which topics did people associate with these river names?), and the self-understanding of people living in Mesopotamia (see p. 6).

The massive volume contains 12 chapters, the longest of which deals with the geographical description of the Euphrates and Tigris (ch. 5, pp. 227–411), while the shortest lists (in German thoroughness) 13 short passages from texts that were too fragmentary or unclear to be used...

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