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Neo-Assyrian Legal Texts in Istanbul

This sub-project of the Archival Texts of the Assyrian Empire (ATAE) [/atae/index.html] Project includes open-access versions of the 328 Neo-Assyrian texts (with English translations) edited in Veysel Donbaz and Simo Parpola's Neo-Assyrian Legal Texts in Istanbul (Studien zu den Assur-Texten 2), 2001. The online corpus can be browsed by clicking this link [/atae/stat2/pager]. A copy of the book can be purchased from Harrassowitz Verlag [].

The StAT 2 texts were discovered in twenty-one different archives at the traditional Assyrian capital Assur (Qalat Sherqat). These 328 archival texts, all of which are written in the Neo-Assyrian dialect of Akkadian are arranged by archive. The archive designations follow Olof Pedersén, Archives and Libraries in the City of Assur: A Survey of the Material from the German Excavations Pt. 2, 1987, and Olof Pedersén, Archives and Libraries in the Ancient Near East 1500-300 B.C., a PDF of which can be downloaded here [].

The open-access editions of StAT 2 presented here are published with the kind permission of Simo Parpola, who kindly provided the English translations of this rich source material. The transliterations were adapted from the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus (NATC) database by Jamie Novotny. The ATAE/StAT 2 project intends to be an Oracc-based adaptation of this 2001 book. Since no copies or photographs of these Neo-Assyrian texts have been published, we will not yet lemmatize the StAT 2 corpus in the hope that checking the original tablets will eventually become possible.

Click here [/atae/stat2/pager] to browse the StAT 2 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.

Jamie Novotny

Jamie Novotny, 'Neo-Assyrian Legal Texts in Istanbul', Studien zu den Assur-Texten 2 (StAT 2), Neo-Assyrian Legal Texts in Istanbul (StAT 2). Original publication: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2001; online contents: ATAE/StAT 2 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2023 []

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