Thursday, April 7, 2016

If a City is Set on a Height. The Akkadian omen series šumma ālu ina mēlê šakin, Tablets 1-63

If a City is Set on a Height. The Akkadian omen series šumma ālu ina mēlê šakin
Sally Freedman

Introductory Remarks



I started working on the Šumma Alu omens as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation was a general overview of the series, and I completed text editions of Tablets 1-40 in  If a City Is Set on a Height: The Akkadian Omen Series Šumma Alu ina Mele Šakin, vols. 1 and 2 (University of Pennsylvania Museum, 1998 and 2006).


The work I’ve done on the remaining Alu Tablets is available on academia.edu for anyone who is interested. Images of almost all the original texts are online, either on the British Museum website or in the database CDLI (Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative). Transliterations of the individual texts are posted together in a PDF called Individual Texts of Tablets 41-63.



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