SAA Newsletter No. 15-16 (December, 1994)


Simo Parpola is on leave from the University of Helsinki for the academic year 1994-95. Simo will be living, working and lecturing in Venice and Padova during this time. This is his first sabbatical since returning to Helsinki 15 years ago and is a well-earned rest from the constant demands of teaching and the Project. Mail or other communications for Simo can be sent to Helsinki, but will be answered by the Project staff. Raija Mattila and Bob Whiting are taking care of the day-to-day running of the Project during Simo's absence.


The funding for the Project was extended for two years at the end of 1993 by the Academy of Finland. Current funding runs to the end of 1995. The Academy also granted additional funds this year to supplement monies granted by the Ministry of Education to finance the anniversary symposium and the concurrent exhibit of Assyrian antiquities.


The manuscript of this volume (Simo Parpola, Assyrian Prophecies) has been completed. We expect to send the volume to the printer in January, 1995.

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This volume will contain grants of land and tax exemption, decrees for the maintenance of temples, and gifts (including royal and private votive dedications) of the Neo-Assyrian period. It is expected to be completed and published at the same time as SAA 12.

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Work on this volume (F. M. Fales and J. N. Postgate, Imperial Administrative Records, Part II: Provincial and Military Administration) is nearly complete. Transliterations and translations have been completed and Fales plans to have the introduction completed in January 1995. Production is expected to be completed in spring, 1995.

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Presently this volume is scheduled to be T. Kwasman, R. Mattila, and R. M. Whiting, Legal Transactions of the Royal Court of Nineveh, Part II: Assurbanipal and Later Kings. Completion is planned for 1995.

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This volume is now scheduled to be P. Machinist, Letters from Assyrian and Babylonian Priests to Kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal). Translations have been completed and are being edited. When the introduction has been submitted the manuscript will be complete.


The second volume of the State Archives of Assyria Studies series (Alan Millard, The Eponyms of the Assyrian Empire 910-612 BC) was published in June and was available at the RAI in Berlin. The volume contains a score edition of the Neo-Assyrian eponym canon with copies of all the known eponym lists and eponym chronicles. There is also a catalog of eponym-dated texts plus prefatory and explanatory material including a chapter on the post-canonical eponyms by Robert Whiting. The price of the volume, which is produced only in paperback, is $36.50, and it is available exclusively from Eisenbrauns, worldwide distributor of the series.


This volume will be Marco de Odorico's study on The Use of Numbers in Assyrian Royal Inscriptions. Marco used his 5 month stay in Helsinki to complete the manuscript and translate it into English.


Volume 7 (1993), part 1 and part 2 appeared in July. Part 1 contains:
J. N. Postgate,
Gleanings from ADD. 1. One of the First Middle Assyrian Texts found at Assur.
V. A. Hurowitz,
ABL 1285 and the Hebrew Bible. Literary Topoi in Urad-Gula’s Letter of Petition to Assurbanipal.
A. K. Grayson,
Assyrian Officials and Power in the Ninth and Eighth Centuries.
C. Zaccagnini,
Notes on the Pazarcik Stela.
Part 2 is devoted to an in-depth study of four tablets from Tell Šekh Hamad and includes:
Hartmut Kühne,
Vier Spätbabylonische Tontaflen aus Tall Šekh Hamad.
J. N. Postgate,
The Four “Neo-Assyrian” Tablets from Šekh Hamad.
Wolfgang Röllig,
Die Aramäischen beischriften auf den Texten 1 und 3.
Wolfgang Röllig,
Zur Historischen Einordnung der Texte.
J. A. Brinkman,
Babylonian Influence in the Šekh Hamad Texts Dated under Nebuchadnezzar II.
F. M. Fales,
West Semitic Names in the Šekh Hamad Texts.


The Project hopes to have a World-Wide-Web (WWW) home page set up and in operation soon. The basic pages have been created, and implementation should take place in the next few weeks.


10th Anniversary Symposium of the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project
Helsinki, September 7-11, 1995

Click here for info on ASSYRIA, 1995


Click here for info on the exhibit NINEVEH 612 BC

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