The Body and its Parts in Hurrian

Jeudi 23 février 2017 de 16h à 18h

par Mauro GIORGIERI (Université de Pavie) ou à distance par vidéo-conférence

This presentation constitutes the sixth monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice MOUTON.

All the persons who are interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand. The paper aims at offering an up-to-date overview on the vocabulary of body parts in Hurrian, after the important study of I. Wegner Die hurritischen Körperteilbezeichnungen (Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 85 [1995] 116-126). Our starting point will be a presentation of the different types of Hurrian texts in which terms for body parts are attested. A linguistic and morphological appraisal of such terms will follow, as well as a philological discussion of some problematic issues (i.e. for example the word for “finger” or that for “tooth” in Hurrian). In the continuation of the talk, some selected topics will be delt with: the body as a whole; the inner part of the body as the seat of emotions; the deities and their body in literary and religious texts; symbolic gestures involving the body and its parts. A table with the words for body parts and related texts is currently in preparation and will be downloadable at my webpage before the date of my talk.