Thursday, August 20, 2020

ARMEP 2.0: Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities

ARMEP 2.0: Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities
ARMEP 2.0’s interactive interface displays the find spots of about 23,500 ancient texts, most of which were written in the Akkadian and Sumerian languages and in cuneiform script. Most of these inscribed artifacts were discovered in modern-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, while others originate from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. Although the texts range in date from ca. 2334 to 64 BC, the majority come from Neo-Assyrian times (744-612 BC). The dataset is derived from the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc) and it includes texts from the following projects: Astronomical Diaries Digital (ADsD); Akkadian Love Literature (akklove); Amarna Texts (Amarna); Bilinguals in Late Mesopotamian Scholarship (BLMS); Corpus of Ancient Mesopotamian Scholarship (CAMS); Corpus of Akkadian Shuila-Prayers online (CASPo); Cuneiform Commentaries Project (CCPo); Corpus of Kassite Sumerian Texts (CKST); Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Lexical Texts (DCCLT); Digital Corpus of Cuneiform Mathematical Texts (DCCMT); Electronic Corpus of Urartian Texts (eCUT; LMU Munich); Electronic Idrimi (idrimi); Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Royal Inscriptions (ETCSRI); Inscriptions of Suhu online (Suhu; LMU Munich); Old Babylonian Model Contracts (OBMC); Old Babylonian Tabular Accounts (OBTA); Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo; LMU Munich); Royal Inscriptions of Babylonia online (RIBo; LMU Munich) Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP; UPenn and LMU Munich); and State Archives of Assyria online (SAA; formerly UCL, now LMU Munich). Non-LMU Munich material was generously contributed by Eckart Frahm, Shlomo Izre'el, Enrique Jiménez, Jacob Lauinger, Alan Lenzi, Reinhard Pirngruber, Eleanor Robson, Gabriella Spada, Steve Tinney, Niek Veldhuis, Nathan Wasserman, and Gábor Zólyomi. Images used in the detail views are courtesy of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI).

ARMEP is a collaboration between LMU Geschichte and LMU Center for Digital Humanities. It was developed by David and Tobias Englmeier (2017-2019) under the supervision of Christian Riepl and Stephan Lücke and in consultation with Jamie Novotny and Karen Radner, as well as with Oracc’s creator Steve Tinney (University of Pennsylvania). Funding for the interface was provided by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München through LMUexcellent (Investionsfonds) and the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East (Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte), as well as by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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