In The Class Reunion—An Annotated Translation and Commentary on the Sumerian Dialogue Two Scribes, J. Cale Johnson and Markham J. Geller present a critical edition, translation and commentary on the Sumerian scholastic dialogue otherwise known as Two Scribes, Streit zweier Schulabsolventen or Dialogue 1. The two protagonists, the Professor and the Bureaucrat, each ridicule their opponent in alternating speeches, while at the same time scoring points based on their detailed knowledge of Sumerian lexical and literary traditions. But they also represent the two social roles into which nearly all graduates of the Old Babylonian Tablet House typically gained entrance. So the dialogue also reflects on larger themes such as professional identity and the nature of scholastic activity in Mesopotamia in the Old Babylonian period (ca. 1800–1600 BCE).
J. Cale Johnson, Ph.D. (2004), UCLA, is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at SFB 980: Episteme in Bewegung and Deputy Head of the BabMed Project at Freie Universität Berlin. He has published extensively on Sumerian literature as well as early Mesopotamian intellectual history.
Markham J. Geller is Professor of Semitic Languages at University College London, currently on secondment to the Freie University Berlin as Professor für Wissensgeschichte. He is Principal Investigator of BabMed, an Advanced ERC Project.
2. Synthetic Text and Translation
3. Textual Criticism and Methodology
4. Manuscripts, Edition and Commentary
Index of Sumerian and Akkadian terms
Assyriologists and specialists in Mesopotamian and Near Eastern literatures, intellectual and social history as well as those concerned with the history of the dialogue as a literary form.