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 désormais 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 “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.
What’s new in cdli:wiki?
- Ur III metrological systemsReturn to Numbers & Metrology in the 4th & 3rd millennium Ur III metrological systems Sources: Scope: Bibliography: Units of weight še grain ca. 0,046 g ↓ ×180 gin2 shekel ca. 8,33 g ↓ ×60 ma-na mina 500 g ↓ ×60 gu2 talent 30 kg Units of capacity
- Facets of written artifactsFacets of written artifacts THIS SHOWCASE of written artifacts (click here) scrolls through the entries written for the iApp “cdli tablet” created by CDLI for the Apple iPad. It combines text and images of cuneiform inscriptions and related archaeological artifacts and gives specialists in the field of cuneiform studies, Near Eastern archaeology and art history the opportunity to present facets of the writing culture of ancient Mesopotamia to a broad community of experts and informal learners.…
- God Lists & PantheonsGod Lists & Pantheons Introduction to topic goes here * Chief Figures of the Mesopotamian Pantheon: [a table] by Daniel A. Foxvog * Standard Nippur Pantheon, Local Lagaš Pantheon, and "National" Deities: [a table] by Daniel A. Foxvog * Related project on god lists and pantheons:
- History of MesopotamiaReturn to Encylopedic Articles History of Mesopotamia (Rulers of Mesopotamia: Here is a section that lists Mesopotamian rulers within their dynasties, and gives as far as possible their regnal years.) History of the 4th and 3rd Millennium BC * The Late Uruk Period * Early Dynastic I-II * Early Dynastic IIIa * Early Dynastic IIIb * Ebla * Old Akkadian * Lagash II * Ur III History of the 2nd Millennium BC