About the Project

The open-access Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo) Project is intended to present up-to-date editions of the officially commissioned texts of the rulers of Assyria from the end of the third millennium BC to the fall of Nineveh in 612 BC.

The contents of this long-term online project have been adapted from or are based on the following scholarly publications:

(1) A. Kirk Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Third and Second Millennia BC (to 1115 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Assyrian Periods 1; hereafter RIMA 1), Toronto et al.: University of Toronto Press [http://www.utppublishing.com/Assyrian-Rulers-3Rd-and-2Nd-Millenium.html], 1987;
(2) A. Kirk Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC I (1114-859 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Assyrian Periods 2; hereafter RIMA 2), Toronto et al.: University of Toronto Press [http://www.utppublishing.com/Assyrian-Rulers-of-the-Early-First-Millennium-BC-I.html], 1991;
(3) A. Kirk Grayson, Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC II (858-745 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Assyrian Periods 3; hereafter RIMA 3), Toronto et al.: University of Toronto Press [http://www.utppublishing.com/Assyrian-Rulers-of-the-Early-First-Millennium-BC-II.html], 1996;
(4) Hayim Tadmor and Shigeo Yamada, The Royal Inscriptions of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC) and Shalmaneser V (726-722 BC), Kings of Assyria (The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyria Period 1; hereafter RINAP 1), Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns [http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/TADROYALI], 2011;
(5) A. Kirk Grayson and Jamie Novotny, The Royal Inscriptions of Sennacherib, King of Assyria (704-681 BC), Part 1 (The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyria Period 3/1; hereafter RINAP 3/1), Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns [http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/GRA1ROYAL], 2012;
(6) A. Kirk Grayson and Jamie Novotny, The Royal Inscriptions of Sennacherib, King of Assyria (704-681 BC), Part 2 (The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyria Period 3/2; hereafter RINAP 3/2), Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns [http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/GRA2ROYAL], 2014; and
(7) Erle Leichty, The Royal Inscriptions of Esarhaddon, King of Assyria (680-669 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyria Period 4; hereafter RINAP 4), Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns [http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/LEIROYALI], 2011.

The material from the planned RINAP 2 (Grant Frame, The Royal Inscriptions of Sargon II, King of Assyria [721-705 BC]) and RINAP 5/1-2 (Jamie Novotny, Joshua Jeffers, and Grant Frame, The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal [668-ca. 631 BC], Aššur-etel-ilāni [ca. 630-627 BC] and Sîn-šarra-iškun [ca. 626-612 BC], Kings of Assyria, Parts 1 and 2) will also be included after their publication. The inscriptions of the Assyrian rulers after 744 BC, from Tiglath-pileser III to Aššur-uballiṭ II, have been made available courtesy of Grant Frame, director of the University of Pennsylvania-based and NEH-funded Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP) Project [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/rinap/].

Sponsors and timing

This website was created as part of the research project Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity (OIMEA), whose funding is provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (through the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East [http://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/lehrstuehle/ls_radner/index.html]) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte).

The project began in late 2015 and Phase 1 of the website was made available in early 2016. At present, only the composite texts of the inscriptions published in Grayson, RIMA 1-3 are available. We are in the process of lemmatizing these texts -- starting with the proper names and the inscriptions of Ashurnasirpal II (883-859 BC) and the Old and Middle Assyrian inscriptions published in RIMA 1 -- and adding selected informational pages on various rulers and their inscriptions. In 2017, RIAo plans to add: (1) score transliterations of many inscriptions known from more than one exemplar; (2) numerous individual object transliterations for texts that were available for study; (3) annotated editions of official inscriptions of Assyrian rulers from 744 BC to the end of Assyria kingship at the end of the seventh century BC (Tiglath-pileser III to Aššur-uballiṭ II; texts published/to appear in RINAP 1-5); (4) numerous informational portal pages on Assyrian inscriptions, rulers, chronology, etc.; (5) a comprehensive bibliography of Assyrian royal inscriptions; and (6) English translations of relevant chronographic texts (e.g., the Assyrian King List). Lastly, we plan to update the material published by the RIM and RINAP Projects. The RIAo Project is intended to be a long term endeavor and there is much work to do and finish before we have reached our primary and secondary objects. Please bear with us as we expand, improve, and refine our content.

Project team

OIMEA Editorial Board

OIMEA Advisory Committee

RIAo Contributors

Credits and Copyright

The contents of this website, except where noted below, are the copyright of the OIMEA Project. They are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/] license.

This means that you are free to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt our work without permission, under the following conditions:

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Homepage picture credit

Statue of Ashurnasirpal II (BM ME 118871). Credit: Trustees of the British Museum.

Novotny Jamie

Novotny Jamie, 'About the Project', The Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo) Project, The RIAo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2021 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/riao/abouttheproject/]

 
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