Monday, June 9, 2014

Open Access Monograph Series: Cuneiform Texts from Nimrud

Cuneiform Texts from Nimrud

The Nimrud Wine Lists

The Nimrud Wine Lists
Author: J.V. Kinnier Wilson
Volume: I
Format: Hardback xv, 167p ; 29cm.
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-00-5. ISBN-10: 0-903472-00-7
Price: £9.95

The Governor’s Palace Archive

The Governor’s Palace Archive
Author: J.N. Postgate
Volume: II
Format: 283 pp., 98 plates of cuneiform and photos, hardback
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-01-2. ISBN-10: 0-903472-01-5
Price: £9.95

The Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser

Front cover of CTN 3
Author: S. Dalley & J.N. Postgate
Volume: III
Format: xii + 289 pp, 40 plates, hardback
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-08-2. ISBN-10: 0-903472-08-2
Price: £30
Notes: Out of print.
The Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser

Literary Texts from the Temple of Nabû

Front cover of CTN 4
Author: D.J. Wiseman & J.A. Black
Volume: IV
Format: x + 62 pp., 157 plates, hardback
ISBN: 9780903472159
Price: £24.95
The library of Nimrud, probably established in 798 BC, was a prestigious royal foundation whose scribes had contacts all over the East, particularly with Nineveh. The 259 cuneiform tablets and fragments which constituted the library mainly described magical and medical rituals, prayers and instructions for training scribes. All the epigraphic finds from Sir Max Mallowan's excavations of 1955-7 are described in this volume, with additional material from the Iraq Archaeological Service's excavations of 1985.
Literary Texts from the Temple of Nabû

The Nimrud Letters 1952

Front cover of CTN 5
Author: H.W.F. Saggs
Volume: V
Format: xii + 307 pp., 64 plates, hardback
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0-903472-20-3; ISBN-10: 0-903472-20-1
Price: £40.00
Notes: In 1952 in one wing of the North-West Palace at Nimrud, ancient Kalhu, Max Mallowan excavated an archive room containing royal correspondence from the reigns of Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon II of Assyria. Subjects include Assyrian military activity in Babylonia and on the northern frontier, royal building projects, events on the Phoenician seaboard, and relations with King Midas of Phrygia. Some texts were published in Iraq between 1955 and 1974; the majority have remained unpublished until now. Two hundred and forty-three texts are published here; most are in New Assyrian script and the remainder in New Babylonian. Chapters divide the tablets into the geographical areas they are concerned with. The texts are presented with transliterations, translation and notes. Plates at the end of the book give facsimiles of the tablets.
The Nimrud Letters 1952

Documents from the Nabu Temple and from Private Houses on the Citadel

Author: S. Herbordt, R. Mattila, B. Parker (†), J.N. Postgate and D.J. Wiseman (†)
Volume: VI
Format: Hardback, pp. i-viii, 340 including Plates I-VI, 1-44
ISBN: ISBN-10 0-903472-34-0
Pdf: PDF icon CTN 6.pdf
This penultimate volume of CTN provides an up-to-date edition and commentary on two major archives from the Kalhu acropolis, from the field seasons of 1953-1956: the business documents (mostly grain loans on triangular dockets) and a few administrative texts from the Nabu Temple (Part I: texts Nos. 1-59) and the legal documents from the household of Šamaš-šarru-uur (Part II: Nos. 60-115); also included are three texts from the “Town Wall Palace” (Part III: Nos. 116-118).  S. Herbordt provides a new study of the seal impressions based on drawings and photos, and photographs of both the impressions and unsealed tablets are included where available.  The handcopies on Plates 1-44 are from Wiseman, Parker, Postgate and Mattila.
Many of these texts were edited previously by Wiseman and Parker in articles in Iraq, but some were only catalogued and others had lain for years uncopied in both the Iraq Museum and the British Museum.  Bringing them all together has enabled a more detailed study of the two main archives with the benefit of the advances in our understanding of Neo-Assyrian over the last half century.  This gives a valuable insight into the activities of both a major temple and an elite household in the 8th-7th centuries BC.

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