About cdli:wiki

Directly linked to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and born with it, cdli:wiki is now 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 AssyrOnline: Digital Humanities and Assyriologie.



Adossé au programme international Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative et né en même temps que lui, cdli:wiki est un projet d’encyclopédie en ligne et d'outils de recherche assyriologique, qui fait aujourd’hui 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. Le projet cdli:wiki est financé par le LabEx Les Passés dans le Présent dans le cadre du programme intitulé “AssyrOnline: Humanités numériques et assyriologie”.



Please note that the tools and main encyclopedic articles can be accessed through the menu on the left. Important tools such as lists of year names and eponyms are found under the section “Tools”, sub-section “Chronology & Dates”. Bibliographical ressources, such as Abbreviations for Assyriology, are found under “Bibliographical Tools”.

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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  • Year names of Šulgi (years 21-30)
    MCs Year names of Šulgi (years 21-30) Return to the year names of Šulgi 21a. mu dnin-urta ensi2 gal den-lil2-la2-ke4 eš-bar kin ba-an-du11-ga a-ša3 nig2-ka9 den-lil2 dnin-lil2-ra si bi2-in-sa2-sa2-a: Year: "Ninurta, the ensi-gal of Enlil, having pronounced an oracle, (Šulgi) reorganized the fields and accounts of Enlil and Ninlil"
  • Year names of Šulgi (years 11-20)
    Year names of Šulgi (years 11-20) Return to the year names of Šulgi 11. mu dištaran bad3-anki derki e2-a-na ba-ku4: Year: "Ishtaran of Der was brought into his temple" * ITT 5, 6744 (Girsu) rev. 4: mu {d}isztaran |BAD3.AN|{ki} * ITT 5, 6803 (Girsu) rev. 4: mu {d}isztaran |BAD3.AN|{ki} e2-a -kux(KWU147)
  • Šulgi: years 1-10
    Šulgi: years 1-10 Return to the year names of Šulgi 1. mu šul-gi lugal: Year: "Šulgi is king" * RTC 273 (Girsu) rev. 5: mu szul-gi lugal click here for CDLI entries dated to Shulgi 1 2. mu us2 e2 dnin-gubalag ki ba-a-gar: Year: "The foundations of the temple of Ningubalag were laid" * ITT 4, 7662 (Girsu) obv. 5: mu us2 e2 {d}nin-gubalag? ba-gar
  • The Statue of Idrimi of Alalakh
    The Statue of Idrimi of Alalakh Artifact: Stone statue Provenience: Alalakh Period: Middle Babylonian (ca. 1400-1000 BC) Current location: British Museum, London Text genre, language: Royal inscription; Akkadian CDLI page Description: The statue of the Alalakh king Idrimi is one of the outstanding pieces for the second half of the 2nd millennium in Syria. The inscription written all over the statue (even on the beard) is one of only a few specimens of autobiographical texts from Mesopo…
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