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Neo-Assyrian Archival Texts from Ma'allanate

Obverse of MS 3188, a sealed tablet recording the sale of a slave woman during the reign of Ashurbanipal (1–VII–651 BC). Photo Credit: CDLI []

A number of cuneiform and Aramaic texts from ancient Ma'allanate, an as-yet-unidentified site that is thought to be somewhere in northern Syria, in the region between Tell Halaf and Hassake, have now been published. Most of this material was purchased by the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire de Bruxelles in 1972, but there are a number of additional cuneiform tablets inscribed with Neo-Assyrian texts that have ended up elsewhere, such as the five cuneiform texts in the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, the cuneiform document acquired by the Archaeological Museum of Kayseri, and the two Neo-Assyrian documents now in the Schøyen Collection in Oslo.

The aim of the Ma'allanate sub-project of Archival Texts of the Assyrian Empire (ATAE) [/atae/index.html] Project is to make the published Neo-Assyrian archival texts from this ancient city available online for free in a fully searchable and richly annotated (lemmatized) format, as well as to widely disseminate, facilitate, and promote the active use of these important cuneiform sources in academia and beyond. ATAE/Ma'allanate presently includes seventy-three documents (written in Neo-Assyrian Akkadian as well as in Aramaic) edited in the following publications:

Work on ATAE/Ma'allanate is still in the very early stages of preparation, so please bear with us while we work on this material. At present, none of the texts have been lemmatized and only the two tablets in the Schøyen Collection published by Karen Radner in 2017 have English translations. Over the course of 2021, the ATAE team will linguistically tag the Akkadian texts and provide English, as well as French, translations of the published Neo-Assyrian documents from Ma'allanate.

Click here [/atae/mallanate/pager] to browse the Ma'allanate corpus.

ATAE is a key component of the Archival Texts of the Middle East in Antiquity (ATMEA) sub-project of the LMU-Munich-based Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative [] (MOCCI; directed by Karen Radner and Jamie Novotny). Funding for the ATAE corpus project has been provided by LMU Munich and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (through the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East).

For further details, see the "About the project" [/atae/abouttheproject/index.html] page.

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