Akkadian

 

Grammar:

The Akkadian Language (John Heise) This site contains material ranging from introductory material, to Grammar, Cuneiform text and Lexicon.

 

Lexicon:

A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian (J. N. Postgate) "A Concise Dictionary of Akkadian, edited by Jeremy Black, Andrew George, and Nicholas Postgate, with the assistance of Tina Breckwoldt, Graham Cunningham, Marie-Christine Ludwig, Clemens Reichel, Jonathan Blanchard Smith, Junko Taniguchi and Cornelia Wunsch, was published in Wiesbaden in 1999 by Harrassowitz Verlag, and reprinted the following year with minor corrections. This archive is intended to act as a supplement for users of the dictionary, fulfilling several functions as described below. If sufficient use is made of this web-site, our intention is to up-date the list periodically, perhaps once a year."

Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project – Reports (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago)

 

Texts:

The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project (Academy of Finland & the University of Helsinki) The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, started in 1986, is a long-term undertaking to: collect all published and unpublished Neo-Assyrian texts into an electronic database, Corpus of Neo-Assyrian (CNA), and maintain the database as a research tool; use the CNA database to publish up-to-date critical text editions of texts written in Neo-Assyrian in a series of volumes organized by text genre (SAA); produce a journal as a medium for the publication of new texts and studies relating to the Assyrian Empire or Assyria in general (SAAB); publish a series of monographic studies based on the texts published in the SAA series or other sources on various topics related to Assyria (SAAS); publish a series of facsimile cuneiform texts, for both classroom and general research use, based primarily on the texts from Assurbanipalfs library (SAACT); publish a series of critical text editions of literary texts based primarily on cuneiform texts from Assurbanipalfs library (SAALT); publish a complete name book and who was who of the Neo-Assyrian empire based on the CNA database and supplementary materials (PNA); create a toponym database that can be used to generate a Digital Map of the Ancient Near East. This project is being carried out with the collaboration of The Casco Bay Assyriological Institute and the Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients.

The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia (University of Toronto) "The goal of the RIM project is to make the inscriptions of the rulers of ancient Mesopotamia available to layman and specialist alike by publishing standard editions of all the texts. Mesopotamia was home to one of the two first great civilizations of the world. The civilization created by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Sumerians, and Akkadians around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flourished for over two and a half millennia (ca. 3000-500 BC). The inscriptions of its rulers recorded their many achievements, were written in the cuneiform script and were composed primarily in the Akkadian and Sumerian languages."

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (A joint project of the University of California at Los Angeles and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) "The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3200 B.C., until the end of the third millennium."

Babylonian Texts of the First Millennium B.C. (Janos Everling) "Issuing from one of the three best documented epochs of the Mesopotamian History, the First Millennium B.C. Babylonian texts represent an enormous database for the research on the every day life history. The texts (mostly administrative, juridical and economic) permit us an analysis of the material divided by temple, familial and personal archives. . . . The Archive is divided into six main fields: 1. General lists concerning all periods, 2. Text editions, 3. List of familial and individual archives, 4. Thematically databases, 5. Main Assyriological resources of Net, 6. Main Bibliographies."

Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago) "The aim of the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions project is to create an electronic study edition of the inscriptions of the Achaemenid Persian kings in all of their versions--Old Persian, Elamite, Akkadian, and, where appropriate, Aramaic and Egyptian. The edition is to be accompanied by translations, glossaries, grammatical indexes, basic bibliographic apparatus, basic text critical apparatus, and some graphic apparatus (e.g., plans indicating provenience of the inscriptions, images of exemplars); the texts will be available for downloading and printing."

Classics in Mediterranean (University of Michigan) "This document collects links to internet resources of interest to classicists and Mediterranean archaeologists."

West Semitic Research Project (USC) "Ancient images and commentary relating to the Bible and ancient Near East."

The Stanford Cuneiform Tablet Visualization Project (Sean Anderson & Marc Levoy) "Thousands of historically revealing cuneiform clay tablets, which were inscribed in Mesopotamia millenia ago, still exist today.  Visualizing cuneiform writing is important when deciphering what is written on the tablets. It is also important when reproducing the tablets in papers and books.  Unfortunately, scholars have found photographs to be an inadequate visualization tool, for two reasons.  First, the text wraps around the sides of some tablets, so a single viewpoint is insufficient.  Second, a raking light will illuminate some textual features, but will leave others shadowed or invisible because they are either obscured by features on the tablet or are nearly aligned with the lighting direction.  We have investigated solutions to these problems. We've first created a high-resolution 3D computer model from laser range data, then unwrapped and flattened the inscriptions on the model to a plane, allowing us to represent them as a scalar displacement map, and finally, we rendered this map non-photorealistically using accessibility and curvature coloring.  The output of this semi-automatic process enables all of a tablet's text to be perceived in a single concise image.  Our technique can also be applied to other types of inscribed surfaces, including bas-reliefs."

Cuneiform.net – The Cuneiform Database Project (The University of Birmingham) "A database is under construction that will store individual cuneiform signs or sections of tablets with intensity representing depth information."

 

 

 

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