The CNA Database

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Background
The concept is simple. Scholars have always kept files of transliterations and indices to the texts they were working on. The problem was that each scholar had to make his own files and index them, a process that consumed most of an academic career. A generous scholar might allow others the use of the files, but in general they were too cumbersome to be moved about and too large to be easily copied. The computer has made a large part of this impediment to scholarship obsolete. Once the transliterations of texts have be stored in electronic format, they can easily be moved anywhere or quickly and accurately copied. But the biggest advantage of an electronic database of transliterations is that it is no longer necessary to create elaborate indexes to the files since the computer can search the files for a given entry in a miniscule fraction of the time it would take to do this by hand.
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Texts in Neo-Assyrian in the CNA Database

        Total   Total   Overhd  Comment Comment Text    Text
File    Bytes   Lines   Bytes   Lines   Bytes   Lines   Bytes   Description

adm1 258733 6474 97110 1488 34228 4986 127395 Nineveh admin SAA 7 adm2 207100 5304 79560 1241 27272 4063 100268 Nineveh admin SAA 11 adm_clh 299843 7428 111420 1629 42151 5799 146272 Calah admin assur 372999 9478 142170 1890 34162 7588 196667 Assur texts eponyms 63332 1390 20850 48 1774 1342 40708 eponym canon grants 173044 3271 49065 535 15560 2736 108419 royal grants SAA 12 inscr 20331 389 5835 48 877 341 13619 royal inscrptions las 381038 9344 140160 1151 19817 8193 221061 letters SAA 10 leg_adm 195250 4811 72165 845 17740 3966 105345 misc legal & admin leg_clh 264499 6526 97890 1137 26230 5389 140379 Calah legal legal1 414977 9009 135135 1925 41419 7084 238423 Nineveh legal SAA 6 legal2 423752 10207 153105 2547 44636 7660 226011 Nineveh legal SAA 14 lexical 88156 2583 38745 248 5519 2335 43892 lexical lit1 177418 3174 47610 305 10520 2869 119288 literary SAA 3 lit2 14097 279 4185 41 1043 238 8869 addenda ltr_a 28696 792 11880 279 3864 513 12952 letters SAA 16 nl 136312 3406 51090 313 5201 3093 80021 Calah lettters polit 305956 7386 110790 994 16851 6392 178315 letters SAA 16, SAA 18, (SAA 20), (SAA 21) priests 167061 4156 62340 573 8460 3583 96261 letters SAA 13 proph 33744 778 11670 72 1950 706 20124 prophecies (SAA 9) queries1 305958 5991 89865 629 13485 5362 202608 queries SAA 4 queries2 4271 86 1290 30 776 56 2205 addenda rit 242048 4778 71670 608 21171 4170 149207 rituals (SAA 19) rma 391909 9120 136800 2437 48582 6683 206528 reports SAA 8 sargon_n 284842 7217 108255 1506 16904 5711 159683 letters SAA 5 sargon_s 360255 9070 136050 2242 25358 6828 198847 letters SAA 15, SAA 17 sargon_w 284120 7006 105090 1286 14759 5720 164271 letters SAA 1 treaties 76165 1321 19815 138 5441 1183 50909 treaties SAA 2
Total Total Overhd Comment Comment Text Text Bytes Lines Bytes Lines Bytes Lines Bytes Totals 5975906 140774 2111610 26185 505749 114589 3358547
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Sample Database Entry

ABL 0196  M   &K 00125
ABL 0196  W   &sae
ABL 0196  P   &u
ABL 0196   001 [a-na] <LUGAL> EN-ia
ABL 0196   002 [ARAD-ka 1=d=30]--PAB-ME`_--SU%
ABL 0196   003 <lu> [@ul-mu a-na] LUGAL+ EN-ia
ABL 0196   004 @ul-[mu a-na KUR]--a@-@ur=KI
ABL 0196   005 @ul-[mu a-na] E2.KUR-ME`
ABL 0196   006 @ul-mu a-na URU=bi-rat @a LUGAL gab-bu
ABL 0196   007 `A3-bu @a LUGAL EN-ia a--dan-ni@ lu DUG3.GA
ABL 0196   008 LU2%=MAH-ME`-ni KUR%=ku-mu-ha-a.a
ABL 0196   009 it-tal-ku-ni ma-da-tu2 na-$u-ni/v
ABL 0196   010 07 u2-ra%-te @a AN`E=ku-din is-se-ni@
ABL 0196   011 na-$u-u-ni/v ma-da-tu2 TA%_+ AN`E=ku-din
ABL 0196   012 E2 1=KUR=ku-mu-ha-a.a pa-aq-du
ABL 0196   013 LU2%=MAH-ME`-ni ina `A3-bi-@u @u-nu
ABL 0196   014 NINDA-ME` @a ra-me-ni-@u2-nu e-kul
ABL 0196   015 i-ma-ta-hu-ne2-e a-na URU=KA2.DINGIR.RA
ABL 0196   016 u2+_-ba%-lu-ni/v u2!-la-a an-na-ka
ABL 0196   017 i-ma-ha-ru&-@u-nu a-ki @a_ LUGAL EN
ABL 0196   018 i!-qa-bu-u-ni ar2-hi@ li@-pa-ru+-ni
ABL 0196   019 SIG2-ME` LUM.LUM-ME`+ is-se-ni@ na-$u-u-ni/v
ABL 0196   020 LU2%=DAM.QAR+-ME` iq-#i2-bu-u-ni
ABL 0196   021 ma-a 07 GU2.UN TA%_+ `A3+-bi ni-ib-ti%-ar
ABL 0196  E022 ma-a KUR=ku-mu-ha-a.a la im-ma-gur2
ABL 0196  E023 ma-a ma-a'--at-tu2-nu la ta++-bi-ra
ABL 0196  E024 ma-a lu-bi-lu MI2=U`.BAR-ME`-te
ABL 0196  R001 @a LUGAL am-ma-kam!-ma! li-be2-<e!-ru!>
ABL 0196  R002 LUGAL EN li@-pu-ra a-na ma-an-ni
ABL 0196  R003 i-da-nu-@i-na-a-ni
ABL 0196  R   &rest uninscribed

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