Ancient Mesopotamian Religion and Mythology: Selected Essays. Edited by A. R. George and T. M. Oshima (Orientalische Religionen in der Antike 15). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016. xvi + 280 pp. isbn 9783161536748 (hbk.)W. G. Lambert was one of the most important Assyriologists of the latter part of the twentieth century. In a field which requires unusual stamina when it is practiced from the clay tablet itself (the most common format of ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform texts), and in a discipline which rallies a small international community of scholars, many of whom would readily admit the somewhat esoteric nature of their endeavor, Lambert’s authority was highly esteemed, occasionally feared, and only rarely challenged. This recognition was based first of all on his intimate knowledge of thousands of tablets kept in the British Museum, where Lambert, who taught Assyriology at the University of Birmingham since 1964 and well beyond his retirement in 1993, could be met on Thursdays in the so-called Students’ Room. To Assyriologists, reading, drawing, transcribing, and eventually editing a cuneiform document represent the hallmarks of the real scholar. Lambert had read thousands of tablets, drawn and published hundreds, and thus acquired a first-hand expertise virtually unmatched among his contemporaries.
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