Friday, December 15, 2017

State Archives of Assyria Online

[First posted in AWOL 1 July 2010. Updated 15 December 2017]

State Archives of Assyria Online (SAAo)
A pair of Assyrian scribes filing reports after the conquest of a Babylonian city, Nimrud, 8th century BC (BM ANE 118882)
State Archives of Assyria Online (SAAo) is an open-access web resource that aims to make the rich Neo-Assyrian materials found in the royal archives of Nineveh, and elsewhere, more widely accessible.
Based on an existing ASCII text database created by Simo Parpola and his team at the University of Helsinki, the online transliterations and translations are those of the standard editions in the series "State Archives of Assyria". All of the published volumes are accessible online, in addition to volume 2 of the companion series "State Archives of Assyria Studies", the edition of the Eponym Lists and Chronicles. The web presentation and linguistic annotation are carried out using tools and standards developed by Steve Tinney (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)...
Online portals provide context and explanatory materials for SAAo. Hence, the website "Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire", created by Radner, Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge) and Tinney with funding from the British Higher Education Academy, is dedicated to the 7th century letters, queries and reports exchanged between kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal and their scholarly advisors; the companion corpus is Another such portal, "Assyrian Empire Builders" is devoted to the 8th century political correspondence as part of the UCL research project, with a companion corpus at Assyrian Empire Builders. Further portals are planned.


  1. Hello,

    Unfortunately, for a few days,SAAo has been out of order. Does anyone know what's going on? I would be grateful for any information.


  2. Oracc is experiencing a problem. They are working to solve it.

  3. Hello there,
    Unfortunately, I have been trying to open SAAo in all available browsers. I managed with Firefox, but only for a while. The others seem not to be working. Does anyone have the same problem and what is the reason? I would be grateful for any information? Thank you in advance.

  4. The links are now fixed. Thanks for bringing the problem to my attention.

  5. Hello,
    SAAo is out of order at the moment. No connection with the server (an internal error). Does anyone have the same problem? Chris

  6. SAAo isn't working now. (internal error). Chris

    1. I let them know, and they fixed it right away.