About the Project

The Archival Texts of the Assyrian Empire (ATAE) Project was started at LMU Munich in 2017 as part of the umbrella project Archival Texts of the Middle East in Antiquity (ATMEA), a sub-project of Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative (MOCCI) [https://www.en.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/research/mocci/index.html], which was founded in August 2015 as part of of the establishment of the LMU's Chair for the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/lehrstuehle/ls_radner/index.html] (held by Karen Radner [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/radner/index.html]).

ATAE brings together editions and translations of archival texts from various sites within the Assyrian Empire and it aims to be an expanded and updated version of the State Archives of Assyria online (SAAo) [/saao/index.html] corpus, which had been initiated in 2007 by Radner at University College London, with heritage data provided by Simo Parpola (Helsinki).

The 5,058 texts currently included in SAAo provide the bulk of MOCCI's in-progress Archival Texts of the Assyrian Empire (ATAE) Project, a corpus-building project that will expand the Nineveh-focused SAAo corpus by adding fully-annotated editions of archival material not only discovered in Assyria's principal administrative and religious centers — Assur (Qalat Sherqat), Kalhu (Nimrud; biblical Calah), and Nineveh (Kuyunjik and Nebi Yunus) — but also at smaller provincial sites such as Burmarina (Tell Shiukh Fawqani), Dur-Katlimmu (Tell Sheikh Hamad), Guzana (Tell Halaf), Huzirina (Sultantepe), Imgur-Enlil (Balawat), Ma'allanate (unidentified), Marqasu (Kahramanmaraş), Sam'al (Zinçirli), Šibaniba (Tell Billa), Til-Barsip (Tell Ahmar), and Tušhan (Ziyaret Tepe).

The first group of texts to be made available on ATAE (apart from the aforementioned sources published already on SAAo) are the 113 texts written in the Assyrian dialect of Akkadian published by Betina Faist (Heidelberg) in 2007; these documents originate from fourteen different archives unearthed in different buildings at Assur, Assyria's traditional religious and administrative capital. All 113 of these have been adapted to Oracc style, revised, lemmatized (linguistically annotated), and translated into English by Poppy Tushingham (2017–), with the assistance of Alexander Kudryavtsev (2020), Nathan Morello (2017–20), and Jamie Novotny (2017–). This important group of texts, which has not been previously translated into English, was made public in February 2021, thus kicking off Phase One of ATAE.

In February and March 2021, ATAE was restructured and greatly expanded. Sub-projects were created for each of the above-mentioned fourteen cities where Neo-Assyrian archival texts were discovered. For Assur and Kalhu, additional sub-projects were created for (major) publications editing documents from those two Assyrian administrative and religious centers. The current Assur sub-projects are al-Rafidan 17, SAAo Assur, SAAB 5 and 9, StAT 1, StAT 2, StAT 3, WVDOG 152, and Assur Miscellanea; while the current Kalhu sub-projects are CTN 1, CTN 2, CTN 3, CTN 6, Edubba 10, and SAAo Kalhu. In addition, the ATAE team wrote several informational pages to help users switch between translation languages (currently English, German [for some Assur sub-projects], and Turkish [for the Marqasu sub-project]), reuse ATAE material, and understand ATAE catalogue metadata (which is displayed in the Item View of each text in the Oracc pager). Lastly, the ATAE team has made JSON, TEI, and C-ATF transliteration files freely available for download; click here [/atae/ataedownloads/index.html] to visit the ATAE Downloads page.

The project was greatly facilitated in early 2021 by a number of scholars who kindly provided us with electronic files for conversion to Oracc ATF format. Therefore, we would like to thank Faruk Akyüz (on behalf of his colleagues Salih Çeçen, Lütfi Gürkan Gökçek, and Cahit Günbatti), Aron Dornauer, Andreas Fuchs, Francis Joannès, Simo Parpola, and Nicholas Postgate for their time and generosity, which has greatly aided in the quick conversion of texts from Assur, Guzana, Kalhu, Ma'allanate, and Marqasu, all of which are now public via the ATAE pager. Without their assistance, we would still be processing this rich source material from ORC'ed PDFs. In addition, Mikko Luukko has agreed to lemmatize the Nimrud texts, starting with CTN 6, and Willis Monroe has offered to contribute lemmatised editions of the Neo-Assyrian texts from Tušhan.

Work on ATAE is on-going and will continue as one of the short- and mid-term projects led by the Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative (MOCCI).

Funding for the ATAE corpus project has been provided by LMU Munich, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (through the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East), and SFB 1369 "Vigilanzkulturen: Transformationen – Räume – Techniken" [https://www.sfb1369.uni-muenchen.de/] (as part of the work programme of sub-project B01 [https://www.sfb1369.uni-muenchen.de/forschung/teilprojekte/projektbereich_b/teilprojekt_b01/index.html]).

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Project Team

ATAE Editorial Board

  • Jamie Novotny [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/novotny/index.html] (Akademischer Oberrat, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Karen Radner [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/radner/index.html] (Alexander von Humboldt-Professorin für die Alte Geschichte des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Poppy Tushingham [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/tushingham/index.html] (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Frauke Weierhäuser [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/weiershaeuser_frauke/index.html] (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • ATAE Advisory Committee

  • Heather Baker [https://www.nmc.utoronto.ca/people/directories/all-faculty/heather-d-baker] (Assistant Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History - University of Toronto)
  • Betina Faist [https://www.ori.uni-heidelberg.de/assyriologie/mitarbeiter/faist.html] (Akademische Rätin, Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients - Universität Heidelberg)
  • Mikko Luukko [https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/mikko-ilmari-luukko] (University Researcher, Faculty of Arts Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE) - University of Helsinki)
  • Willis Monroe [https://asia.ubc.ca/profile/willis-monroe/] (Research Associate, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia)
  • ATAE Contributors

  • Faruk Akyüz [https://samsun.academia.edu/FarukAkyüz] (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Samsun Üniversitesi)
  • Salih Çeçen [http://cv.ankara.edu.tr/cecen@ankara.edu.tr] (Professor, Department of Ancient Languages and Cultures [Chair of Sumerology], Ankara Üniversitesi)
  • Aron Dornauer [https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/rod/Team-und-Fellows/wissenschaftliche-mitarbeiter/Dornauer_Aron.html] (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, DFG Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe 2615 - Rethinking Oriental Despotism, Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Betina Faist [https://www.ori.uni-heidelberg.de/assyriologie/mitarbeiter/faist.html] (Akademische Rätin, Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients - Universität Heidelberg)
  • Mario Fales [https://uniud.academia.edu/MarioFales] (Professor Emeritus, Department of History and Preservation of the Cultural Heritage, University of Udine)
  • Andreas Fuchs [https://uni-tuebingen.de/forschung/forschungsschwerpunkte/sonderforschungsbereiche/sfb-1070/archiv/erste-foerderphase/organisation/personen/personenverzeichnisse/prof-dr-andreas-fuchs/] (Außerplanmäßiger Professor and Akademischer Oberrat, Institut für die Kulturen des Alten Orients, Altorientalische Philologie, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)
  • Lütfi Gürkan Gökçek [https://arkeoloji.nevsehir.edu.tr/tr/prof-dr-lutfi-gurkan-gokcek-bolum-baskani] (Professor, Department of Archeology, Nevşehir Hac─▒ Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi)
  • Cahit Günbatti (Professor emeritus, Department of Ancient Languages and Cultures [Chair of Sumerology], Ankara Üniversitesi)
  • Francis Joannès [https://archeologie.culture.fr/babylone/fr/auteur/francis-joannes] (Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Mikko Luukko [https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/mikko-ilmari-luukko] (University Researcher, Faculty of Arts Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE) - University of Helsinki)
  • Willis Monroe [https://asia.ubc.ca/profile/willis-monroe/] (Research Associate, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia)
  • Nathan Morello [https://www.vorderas-archaeologie.uni-muenchen.de/personen/wiss_mitarbeiter/morello/index.html] (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München [2017–20])
  • Jamie Novotny [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/novotny/index.html] (Akademischer Oberrat, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Simo Parpola [https://375humanistia.helsinki.fi/en/humanists/simo-parpola] (Professor Emeritus of Assyriology, University of Helsinki)
  • Nicholas Postgate [https://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/directory/jnp10] (Senior Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge)
  • Karen Radner [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/radner/index.html] (Alexander von Humboldt-Professorin für die Alte Geschichte des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Poppy Tushingham [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/tushingham/index.html] (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Frauke Weierhäuser [https://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/personen/mitarbeiter/weiershaeuser_frauke/index.html] (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Historisches Seminar – Abteilung Alte Geschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
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