Notes on the Catalogue

This catalogue gathers all recognizable dates by eponym for the Neo-Assyrian period, including post-canonical and extra-canonical eponyms, available to the author, showing the way the scribes used the system as a means of dating documents. The catalogue also illustrates the various ways of writing many names current simultaneously, the distribution of the texts through the span of the Neo-Assyrian era and within individual years, and the types of text surviving. Occasionally it gives details that aid restoration of the Eponym lists. All known canonical eponyms are included in the catalogue, even if there are no extant texts dated to the eponymate.

Where one eponym held office in two years or more, or where more than one eponym bore the same name, the texts are assigned to the later dates, unless there is good reason to prefer the earlier, but some uncertainty cannot be avoided. Post-canonical eponyms having the same name but different titles have been listed together.

Categories of text are noted thus:

d: legal or administrative document
e: letter or report
h: historical or royal inscription
l: literary text
s: stele from Assur.

For the historical or royal texts the king's name and the type of text are noted after the date-line; exp. shows that the date refers to a military expedition, not to the date of the text itself.

Dates are given in the order day, month, eponym, by order of months. Unusual month names are given in full, and the intercalary month is indicated as xiia (or via). Where only the month is given in a date-line, o stands in the first column. If neither a month or day is given, both columns are blank and followed by a colon. If no specific information is given in the publication, all three columns are blank (this applies particularly to dates given in ALA II). A ditto mark (") denotes a writing identical with that in the previous entry. Roman letters are used for names and titles or professions given in translation or by reference only in the publication cited.

Date-lines are cited by the collection number of the text, followed by the line-numbers and principal publication, or by the principal publication reference and line numbers, sometimes with reference to further publications, usually by text numbers.

Alan Millard

Alan Millard, 'Notes on the Catalogue', The Eponyms of the Assyrian Empire 910-612 BC, SAAS 2. Original publication: Helsinki, Helsinki University Press, 1994; online contents: SAAo/SAAS2 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 []

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