The basic manuscript of this volume was prepared by Giovanni B. Lanfranchi and Simo Parpola and provides the continuation of the publication of the correspondence of Sargon II begun in SAA I. The specific contributions of the individual authors are set forth in more detail in the Preface.

The production of this volume marks a significant departure from the previous volumes of the series in that it has been produced almost entirely by the staff of the State Archives of Assyria Project using Xerox Ventura Publisher and Olivetti computers. This procedure has made unnecessary a physical pasteup of the manuscript by writing the output of the Ventura Publisher directly to film. Redeveloping the processes used in producing earlier SAA volumes has cost time and effort, but it is hoped that it will be repaid by a saving in the production time and cost of future volumes.

We thank the Olivetti (Finland) Corporation for heavily subsidizing the acquisition of the hardware and software necessary to implement this new system as part of their ongoing sponsorship of the Project. I am particularly grateful to Timo Kiippa of the Helsinki University Press for advice and help in developing formats and fonts.

Our thanks are due to the Trustees of the British Museum and to the Musée du Louvre for permission to publish illustrative material in their keeping and again to the Finnish Ministry of Education for generous subsidies to help offset the costs of publication, and to the Academy of Finland for the primary financial support of the Project.

Helsinki, December 1990

Robert M. Whiting

Robert M. Whiting

Robert M. Whiting, 'Foreword', The Correspondence of Sargon II, Part II: Letters from the Northern and Northeastern Provinces, SAA 5. Original publication: Helsinki, Helsinki University Press, 1990; online contents: SAAo/SAA05 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 []

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