Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity

[First posted in AWOL 4 April 2017, updates 1 November 2023]

Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity


The LMU Munich- and Humboldt Foundation-funded Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity (OIMEA) is presently an umbrella project that is intended to facilitate quick and easy access to a wide range of open-access editions of ancient Middle Eastern texts, all of which at this time are hosted on the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc) platform. Some projects (see below) are directly or indirectly managed by members of the chair of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte), Karen Radner -- in particular Alexa Bartelmus, Birgit Christiansen, and Jamie Novotny -- while others are not and these are included here under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

As is obvious from the project's name, the scope of OIMEA is official inscriptions:

In time, OIMEA will include corpora of texts written in other languages, including Aramaic, Phoenician, and Luwian. Moreover, the OIMEA team also intends to make the site a powerful multi-project search engine that will enable anyone interested in official inscriptions to simultaneously search the translations, transliterations, catalogues, and portal pages of every available project on which official inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity are edited. As an informational and search hub, the project strives to make the vast and varied corpus of inscriptions easily and freely accessible to every scholar, student, and member of the general public, and, in the near future, to enable our users the ability to effectively and efficiently search that rich genre of ancient records.

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