About the Project

This open-access sub-project of the Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity (OIMEA) Project is intended to present up-to-date editions of the officially commissioned texts of the extant, first-millennium-BC inscriptions of the rulers of the land of Sūḫu. The online editions presented here are more or less those published by Grant Frame in 1995, in his Rulers of Babylonia: From the Second Dynasty of Isin to the End of Assyrian Domination (1157-612 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Babylonian Periods 2; hereafter RIMB 2), Toronto et al.: University of Toronto Press [http://www.utppublishing.com/Rulers-of-Babylonia-Rimb-2.html]; some of the changes have been made to make the transliterations and translations more in line with material published by Grant Frame's Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period (RINAP) Project [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/rinap/].

A number of Akkadian inscriptions were discovered in the Haditha region in the 1980s. Most of these were written in the names of Šamaš-rēša-uṣur and his son and successor Ninurta-kudurrī-uṣur. These officially commissioned texts of these two eighth-century-BC rulers of Sūḫu, together with serval other inscriptions, were carefully published by Antoine Cavigneaux and Bahija Ismail in 1990, in Bagh. Mitt. 21 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/suhu/bibliography/index.html#cavigneaux1990] (pp. 321-456). Five years later, in 1995, Grant Frame [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/suhu/bibliography/index.html#frame1995] published new editions of the known first-millennium inscriptions from this important kingdom on the Middle Euphrates. Political conditions in the Middle East over the last three decades have prevented Frame and other scholars from re-examining nearly all of the Sūḫu material from their originals. Thus, the editions published in RIMB 2 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/suhu/bibliography/index.html#frame1995], here, and elsewhere are based on published copies and transliterations. Despite the high quality of Cavigneaux's, Ismail's, and Frame's scholarship, numerous problems still exist in this important corpus of texts.

The aim of Sūḫu Project is to make the official inscriptions Šamaš-rēša-uṣur and Ninurta-kudurrī-uṣur edited by Grant Frame in RIMB 2 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/suhu/bibliography/index.html#frame1995] easily and freely accessible to scholars, students, and the general public in a fully open-access, lemmatized (annotated) format. Sūḫu Online, in cooperation with Frame, will allow those anyone interested in the Middle East in antiquity to efficiently search Akkadian words and proper nouns appearing in this small corpus of texts and English words used in the translations. Project data is fully integrated into the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc) Project [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu].

Sponsors and timing

This website was created as part of the research project Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity (OIMEA), whose funding is provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (through the establishment of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair for Ancient History of the Near and Middle East [http://www.ag.geschichte.uni-muenchen.de/lehrstuehle/ls_radner/index.html]) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Historisches Seminar - Abteilung Alte Geschichte). The project began in late 2015 and the website was made available in early 2016. Work on the online Sūḫu material is more or less finished. However, over the next several years we will continue to improve and refine our content and, therefore, we welcome suggestions and comments.

Project team

OIMEA Editorial Board

OIMEA Advisory Committee

Sūḫu Contributors

Credits and Copyright

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Novotny Jamie

Novotny Jamie, 'About the Project', Suhu: The Inscriptions of Suhu online Project, The Suhu Inscriptions Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2021 [http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/suhu/abouttheproject/]

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