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 Post subject: New website: Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire
PostPosted: 12 Sep 2007, 07:06 
Karen Radner, Steve Tinney, Ruth Horry, and I would like to announce that our website Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire is now online at

This website brings together a range of undergraduate teaching materials created by Karen Radner at University College London and Eleanor Robson at Cambridge with the translations and searchable transliterations of the scholarly correspondence of Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal, kings of Assyria, from the standard editions in the series "State Archives of Assyria" (two of which are now out of print):

I. Starr, Queries to the Sungod: divination and politics in Sargonid Assyria (State Archives of Assyria 4), Helsinki 1990;

H. Hunger, Astrological reports to Assyrian kings (State Archives of Assyria 8), Helsinki 1992;

S. Parpola, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian scholars (State Archives of Assyria 10), Helsinki 1993.

The website also includes extensive reference lists of technical terms, the names of people, gods, and places, and a bibliography with a number of key publications made available as PDF files.

The authors and copyright holders have kindly given their permission to make the material available online and the Helsinki Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project has generously provided us with the ASCII files used to produce the original volumes. Steve Tinney, Director of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary project, converted the data to standards-based XML files and wrote the software that allows them to be viewed and searched online. The rest of the site was designed and implemented by Ruth Horry of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science at Cambridge.

The website, funded by the Higher Education Academy's Philosophy and Religious Studies subject centre and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, is intended primarily as a teaching website but we hope that especially the online versions of the "State Archives of Assyria" will also make it useful to Ancient Near Eastern specialists.

[admin edit: split from master list thread and added to list - TD]

Dr Eleanor Robson, Senior Lecturer
Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Cambridge
Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH, UK

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