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 intitulé 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. Le projet 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.


What's new in cdli:wiki?

  • Abbreviations for Assyriology
    Abbreviations for Assyriology A A: tablets in the collections of the Oriental Institute, Univ. of Chicago A2: lex. series a2 = idu A-tablet: lexical text, see MSL 13 10ff. Ä & L: Ägypten und Levante (Wien) Aa: lex. series a2 || A = naqu; MSL 14, 201ff.
  • Tablettes idéographiques
    Tablettes idéographiques A Uruk et en Susiane seulement furent découvertes des tablettes portant des empreintes de sceaux et des signes numériques comparables à ceux des tablettes numérales, mais également des signes idéographiques représentant des objets ou des produits, tels des textiles, des moutons ou des jarres de bière. (OBO) L’origine et la nature même de ces idéogrammes ont été très débattues. Environ 6000 textes et fragments sont connus dont près de 5000 viennent du seul quartier de l’…
  • Numbers & Metrology
    Numbers & Metrology The metrological systems adopted in cuneiform sources vary considerably according to place, time, and sector of activity. This section aims at representing this diversity of notations of numbers and quantities. Each system will be described in relation to a well delimited set of sources.
  • 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.
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