Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Open Access Journal: eBL Newsletter

The Electronic Babylonian Literature (eBL) Project started in April 2018 at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich thanks to the generous support of a Sofja Kovalevskaja Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Fundation. The goal of the project is to bring Babylonian literature to the point of what can currently be reconstructed. Moreover, it aims to make accessible a large mass of transliterations of fragments of cuneiform tablets and a tool to allow scholars to search it quickly, thus providing a lasting solution to the abiding problem of the fragmentary character of Mesopotamian Literature.


  • Several collections of dates (the BM catalogues of the Babylon Collection and the Sippar Collection as well as Everling’s Repertoire) have been imported into the Fragmentarium. There are currently 29,098 tablets with a date (27,089 Neo-Babylonian or later).
  • The Sultantepe tablets have been reworked. The museum in which they are kept (Ankara or Şanlıurfa) has been added, courtesy of S. Adalı. O. R. Gurney’s articles containing corrections have been systematically added to the references. All dates and findspots have been added.
  • The Folios of H. H. Figulla have been added, courtesy of M. Molina who digitized them.
  • New features
    • Colophons: It is now possible to add information about a tablet’s colophon, including provenance, individuals mentioned, etc. The field will be populated with the database from the Reading the Library of Ashurbanipal Project soon.
  • It is possible now to search by provenance.

About & Tools

  • Signs: Provenance is now displayed by the sign snippets.
  • New sections

    • Project: Projects can now have individual pages, which include information about the project, a list of tablets and texts edited, etc. Compare the page of the Cuneiform Artefacts of Iraq in Context project: CAIC.
    • About/News: All eBL Newsletters are archived here.
  • eBL Evenings: We will be hosting regular Zoom sessions to showcase its features and tools. These sessions will include a Q&A – please feel free to submit questions in advance via e-mail. The second session is scheduled for May 31st at 6:00 PM CET. This time we shall focus on the Editors’ work. If you would like to attend, please register here.



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