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chronicles are historiographical texts from ancient Mesopotamia. Although
they contain references to the earliest times, they deal especially with
the second half of the second and the entire first millennium down to the
first century BCE (cf. this
table). On this page, you will find
|Irving Finkel (L) and Bert van der Spek (R) in the "Arched Room" of the British Museum, discussing one of the chronicles||
The second of these books has not been published yet, but is being prepared by Irving Finkel of the British Museum (London) and Bert van der Spek of the Free University of Amsterdam (Holland).* Their results are presented here for the first time, so you will also find scholarly editions of the texts, which presuppose some knowledge of the Akkadian language. This online-publication is intended to invite suggestions for better readings, comments and interpretations (go here to contact Van der Spek).
Below, you will find an overview of chronicles, more or less in their
chronological order. For those who are unfamiliar with the subject but
are interested, the "reader's editions" ought to be accessible. These are
simplified translations. After reading a bit about the conventions
of publication, the "scholarly editions" ought to be accessible too.
|There are no scholarly editions of the non-BCHP-chronicles on this
page, nor will there ever be, because that would be a copyright infringement.
For the original (usually Akkadian) text and commentaries, you must therefore
consult Grayson's or Glassner's book. The translations offered here are
free adaptations from ABC and CM; the spelling of personal names has been
harmonized, variants have been ignored, explanatory notes have been added,
uncertain readings have not been indicated. In short, these pages are no
subsitute for ABC or CM.
Jona Lendering © 2004
Latest revision: 9 August 2006