An ambitious project to identify, explain and provide citations for the words written in cuneiform on clay tablets and carved in stone by Babylonians, Assyrians and others in Mesopotamia between 2500 B.C. and A.D. 100 has been completed after 90 years of labor, the University of Chicago announced June 5.Comment: Maybe we'll someday discover the capital of Mitanni, Washshukkanni, which in the 15th century BCE, "emerged as a world power and the equal of Egypt and Babylonia" ("Nuzi and the Hurrians" Semitic Museum, Harvard University online) I studied for a short time one of its city excavations, ancient Nuzi (modern Yorghan Tepe) excavated by Starr of Harvard University, with Elizabeth Stone, PhD of Stony Brook University, who was trying to help train the Iraqis get artifacts back and who want their museum, sacked in a coalition "oversight", in Baghdad, restored. She had specialized in ancient women's rights and organizations in ancient times. I read sadly since 2003, they may have even less today, local Iraqi militias now in charge with their own laws.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Huge dictionary project completed after 90 years