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The LMU Munich-based and Humboldt Foundation-funded Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities (ARMEP) is the parent project of Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity (OIMEA) and Archival Texts of the Middle East in Antiquity (ATMEA). At present, ARMEP is an umbrella project that is intended to facilitate quick and easy access to a wide range of open-access editions of ancient Middle Eastern texts. All of the available corpora are hosted on the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc) platform and are directly or indirectly managed by members of the chair of the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte), Karen Radner -- in particular Alexa Bartelmus and Jamie Novotny.
The scope of ARMEP is, at this time, limited to official inscriptions and archival texts of Assyria and Babylonia in the first millennium BC; there are, however, some second millennium BC texts (especially for the period after 1157 BC). The currently available projects -- all of whose texts are written in the Akkadian and Sumerian languages and in cuneiform -- are:
In the foreseeable future, ARMEP will include corpora of texts written in other languages, including Aramaic, Phoenician, Luwian, Old Persian, and Urartian; for example:
Moreover, the ARMEP team also intends to make the site a powerful multi-project search engine that will enable anyone interested in ancient texts to simultaneously search the translations, transliterations, catalogues, and portal pages of every available project on which records of Middle Eastern polities are edited. As an informational and search hub, the project strives to make the vast and varied corpus of ancient records easily and freely accessible to every scholar, student, and member of the general public, and, in the near future, to enable our users the ability to effectively and efficiently search a rich variety of genres of texts.
As part of our planned ARMEP interface, we are currently developing an interactive map together with the LMU Munich's IT-Gruppe Geisteswissenschaften that will not only display places where ancient texts were discovered and cities mentioned in ancient sources whose precise locations are known with a reasonable degree of certainty, but also allow users access to annotated text editions directly from the map. The interface will be designed to allow users the ability to search for texts and/or places mentioned in texts by find spot, object type, material support, language/script, time period (century, reign of a king, specific date, etc.), museum collection, museum number, excavation number, and/or text genre.
To access the annotated editions, click on the links above or in the main menu. NOTE that by clicking on the project links in the main menu you will leave the ARMEP project and your browser will load the selected site's home page. However, if you click on the links embedded in the text above, your browser will open the selected project's home page in a new tab; the ARMEP home page will continue to be accessible in the tab labelled "Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities."
PDFs of articles on Mesopotamian royal inscriptions were published in the Annual Review of the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia. Digitized versions of those publications are now available on Digital Archive of the Annual Review of the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia (published 1983-1991).