About cdli:wiki

Directly linked to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, cdli:wiki is a collaborative project of members of the French CNRS team ArScAn-HAROC (Nanterre), and staff and students in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, with contributors in several different countries, involved in researches in history of the ancient Near East. The cdli:wiki is currently funded by the Cluster (LabEx) Pasts in the Present through the project Digital Humanities and Assyriologie.



En lien direct avec le programme international de Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, cdli:wiki est un projet d’encyclopédie en ligne et d'outils de recherche assyriologique, qui fait collaborer des membres de l'équipe française du CNRS ArScAn-HAROC (Nanterre), et le staff et les étudiants de la Faculty of Oriental Studies de l'Université d'Oxford, avec les contributeurs dans plusieurs autres pays, engagés dans des recherches sur l'histoire du Proche-Orient ancien. Cdli:wiki est financé par le LabEx Les Passés dans le Présent dans le cadre du programme intitulé "Humanités numériques et assyriologie".



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What is Assyriology

Assyriology is the study of the languages, history, and culture of the people who used the ancient writing system called cuneiform. Cuneiform was used primarily in an area called the Near East, centred on Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and eastern Syria) where cuneiform was invented, but including the Northern Levant (Western Syria and Lebanon), parts of Anatolia, and western Iran. The sources for Assyriology are all archaeological, and include both inscribed and uninscribed objects. Most Assyriologists focus on the rich textual record from the ancient Near East, and specialise in either the study of language, literature, or history of the ancient Near East.

Assyriology began as an academic discipline with the recovery of the monuments of ancient Assyria, and the decipherment of cuneiform, in the middle of the 19th century. Large numbers of archaeological objects, including texts, were brought to museums in Europe and later the US, following the early excavations of Nineveh, Kalhu, Babylon, Girsu, Assur and so forth. Today Assyriology is studied in universities across the globe, both as an undergraduate and a graduate subject, and knowledge from the ancient Near East informs students of numerous other disciplines such as the History of Science, Archaeology, Classics, Biblical studies and more.

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What's new in cdli:wiki?

  • 100 Most Important Cuneiform Objects
    100 Most Important Cuneiform Objects Inspired by the BBC's A History of the World in 100 Objects we list the one hundred most iconic inscribed objects from the Ancient Near East, objects that we think define the field. We hope that this list will help to engender conversations about these objects, to highlight the importance of cultural heritage protection, and to broaden the appeal of the field.
  • First Tablet of the Creation Myth - created
    First Tablet of the Creation Myth Artifact: Clay prism Provenience: Unprovenanced Period: Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) Current location: Louvre, Paris Text genre, language: Lexical, deities Description: Bibliography:
  • List of Deities - created
    List of Deities Artifact: Clay prism Provenience: Unprovenanced Period: Old Babylonian (ca. 1900-1600 BC) Current location: Louvre, Paris Text genre, language: Lexical, deities Description: Lists of deities and deified beings go back as far as the Early Dynastic IIIa period. It is then that the first extensive lists of gods and goddesses appear among lexical texts.
  • Most Important Cuneiform Objects 71-80
    Most Important Cuneiform Objects 71-80 [Previous 10 objects][Back to main page][Next 10 objects] ---------- 71. The Ugaritic Baal Myth, tablet four A sweeping tale of Baal’s struggle for an elevated position in the divine pantheon. More information... Artifact: Clay tablet Provenience:Ras Shamra, Syria Period: Late Bronze Age (c. 1400-1200 BCE) Current location
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