Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cuneiform Commentaries Project Newsletter (June 2017)

Cuneiform Commentaries Project Newsletter (June 2017)

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June 29, 2017
Dear subscribers,
Several new texts have recently been added to the corpus of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project ( Please find a list below.
We would like to renew our invitation for Assyriologists around the world to contribute their editions of commentary tablets, for which they will receive full credit.
Best wishes,
Mary Frazer
Senior Editor of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project
CCP 1.4 (Theodicy): The Theodicy is one of the most sophisticated literary texts in the long history of Mesopotamian belles lettres. Written as an acrostic in a very rigid metric structure, the conciseness of the poetic diction of the poem, combined with its taste for obscure words and abstruse metaphors, meant that its understanding posed a challenge for generations of scribes. (Read more)
CCP 3.1.5.B (Enūma Anu Enlil 5 (?) B): The tablet Rm 2, 302 is a fragment of a portrait-oriented tablet in Babylonian script, published as source m of EAE 5 (Tablet 5 of Enūma Anu Enlil),1 is re-edited here because it seems to include at least three commentarial explanations (ll. 38′-39′ and 42′). (Read more)
CCP 3.1.5.F (Enūma Anu Enlil 5 (?) F): This small fragment in Neo-Assyrian script, edited by L. Verderame as source c of EAE 5, preserves the beginnings of several omens derived from the appearance of the moon’s horns, as well as the beginnings of a few commentarial explanations. The explanations are indented, which is the typical format of mukallimtu-commentaries from Nineveh. (Read more)
CCP 3.1.55.B (Enūma Anu Enlil 55 B): Large fragment in Neo-Assyrian script containing all or parts of the first twenty seven lines of a commentary on EAE 55 (according to the Nineveh numbering system) on its obverse, and parts of the commentary’s last seven lines on its reverse. The tablet consists of three fragments (K.2314 + K.6519 + K.15255), joined by E. Reiner and W. G. Lambert. The commentary is followed by a two-line rubric and the remains of an Ashurbanipal colophon (possibly ‘Typ i-k’ = BAK no. 323). (Read more)
CCP 4.2.Q (Therapeutic (šumma amēlu qāt eṭemmi iṣbassū-ma), bulṭu bīt Dābibi Q): A one-column tablet containing a commentary on If the hand of a ghost has seized a man, part of the poorly known therapeutic series Cures from the House of Dābibī. Unlike other commentaries on Cures from the House of Dābibi (CCP 4.2.B, CCP 4.2.G and CCP 4.2.P), the scribe of this manuscript does not identify the base text by means of a particular (pirsu) or tablet number of the larger series. (Read more)

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