Textile Terminologies in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean from the Third to the First millennia BC

C. Michel & M.-L. Nosch (éd.), Oxford, 2010
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Written sources from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean, from the third to the first millennia BC, provide a wealth of terms for textiles. The twenty-two chapters in the present volume offer the first comprehensive survey of this important material, with special attention to evidence for significant interconnections in textile terminology among languages and cultures, across space and time. For example, the Greek word for a long shirt, khiton, ki-to in Linear B, derives from a Semitic root, ktn. But the same root in Akkadian means linen, in Old Assyrian a garment made of wool, and perhaps cotton, in many modern languages. These and numerous other instances underscore the need for detailed studies of both individual cases and the common threads that link them.

Textile Terminologies in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean
from the Third to the First millennia BC


Acknowledgements and research frameworks for the investigation of textile terminologies in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC (vii-viii)
Cécile MICHEL & Marie-Louise NOSCH :
Textile terminologies (ix-xix)
Pascaline DURY & Susanne LERVAD :
Synonymic variation in the field of textile terminology : A study in diachrony and synchrony (1-)
The basics of textile tools and textile technology – from fibre to fabric (10-22)
Textile terminologies and classifications : Some methodological and Chronological Aspects (23-51)
Catherine BRENIQUET :
Weaving in Mesopotamia during the Bronze Age : Archaeology, techniques, iconography (52-67)
Cloths – Garments – and keeping secrets. Textile classification and cognitive chaining in the Ancient Egyptian writing system (68-80)
Jana JONES :
The ‘linen list’ in Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom Egypt : text and textile reconciled (81-109)
Benjamin FOSTER :
Clothing in Sargonic Mesopotamia : Visual and written evidence (110-145)
Maria Giovanna BIGA :
Textiles in the Administrative Texts of the Royal Archives of Ebla (Syria, XXIV Century BC) with particular emphasis on Coloured Textiles (146-172)
Les noms sémitiques des tissus dans les textes d’Ebla (173-185)
Francesco POMPONIO :
New texts regarding the Neo-Sumerian textiles (186-200)
The Colours and Variety of Fabrics from Mesopotamia during the Ur III Period (2050 BC) (201-208)
Cécile MICHEL & Klaas R. VEENHOF :
The Textiles traded by the Assyrians in Anatolia (19th-18th Centuries BC) (209-269)
Tools, procedures and profession : A review of the Akkadian textile terminology (272-282)
Anne-Claude BEAUGEARD :
Les textiles du Moyen-Euphrate à l’époque paléo-babylonienne d’après un ouvrage récent (283-289)
Matteo VIGO :
Linen in Hittite Inventory Texts (290-322)
Juan-Pablo VITA :
Textile terminology in the Ugaritic texts (323-337)
Maurizio del FREO, Marie-Louise NOSCH & Françoise ROUGEMONT :
The terminology of textiles in the Linear B tablets, including some considerations on Linear A logograms (338-373)
Eugenio LUJÁN :
Mycenaean Textile Terminology at Work : The KN Lc(1)-tablets and the occupational nouns of the textile industry (372-387)
Pierre VILLARD :
Les textiles néo-assyriens et leurs couleurs (388-399)
Francis JOANNÈS :
Textile terminology in the Neo-Babylonian documentation (398-408)
Garments in non-cultic context (Neo-Babylonian period) (409-429)
Miguel Ángel ANDRÉS-TOLEDO :
Some considerations about Vedic, Avestan and Indo-Iranian textile terminology (430-444)

Textile Terminologies
in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean
from the Third to the First millennia BC C. Michel & M.-L. Nosch (éd.)
Ancient Textiles Series 8
Oxford, 2010, 444+xix p.

ISBN : 978-1-84217-975-8
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