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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  • Codex Hammurapi
    Codex Hammurapi Artifact: Stone stele Provenience: Susa, modern Shush Period: Late Old Babylonian Period (ca 1800-1595 BC) Current location: Louvre Museum, Paris Text genre, language: Royal inscription, legal; Akkadian CDLI page Description: The stela of Hammurabi, now housed in the Louvre Museum, was found in Susa, where it was carried off by Šutruk-Nuḫḫunte after the sack of Babylon in 1155. It was composed much earlier during the last part of the reign of the King Hammurabi (1792-17…
  • 2011 publications
    2011 publications 2011 WVDOG 136 Title: S. Lundström & J. Orlamünde, Die Orthostaten Tiglat-Pilesers I. und Assurnasirpals II. aus dem Alten Palast von Assur. Wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft 136; Ausgrabungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft in Assur F: Fundgruppen 5. Harrassowitz Verlag. Wiesbaden. 2011.
  • 2012 publications
    2012 publications 2012 CUSAS 19: Sargonic Tablets Title: Massimo Maiocchi and G. Visicato, Classical Sargonic tablets chiefly from Adab in the Cornell University collections. Part II, CDL Press, Bethesda, 2012. Keywords: Mesopotamia - Old Akkadian - economic history - lexicography - text editions - sign list
  • Recent Publications in Assyriology
    Recent Publications in Assyriology A list of Recent Publications in Assyriology and related fields with key words and abstracts (as well as links to TOC's when available online) (this list is based primarily on new arrivals of books and journals in the Sackler Library at the University of Oxford, please send additions and corrections to
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