90 years in the making - the now completed Chicago Assyrian Dictionary
Akkadian diplomatic letter found in Amarna
One of the millions of index cards completed by researchers during the 90 year Assyrian Dictionary Project
If you come across a word or phrase in another language, a printed or online dictionary is usually a good place to look for help. If you're faced with a language that's long been dead, however, then you've got problems. Those studying the cuneiform texts of Mesopotamian clay tablets or stone carvings now have reason to rejoice. After nine decades, the University of Chicago's Assyrian Dictionary Project has finally been completed - opening an encyclopedic window into the day to day lives of people from one of the world's first civilizations.
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