Thursday, December 04, 2008

Useful Tools: Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images and Names

hbtin: Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images and Names, part of the Cuneiform Digital Library, is being developed under the direction of Dr. Laurie Pearce at the University of California, Berkeley.

More than 3,000 cuneiform clay tablets document the intellectual, religious, scientific, legal and economic activities in Hellenistic Mesopotamia. Originating primarily from Uruk and Babylon, these texts show that although Alexander the Great and his successors transformed much of the cultural landscape of western and central Asia, they left many native practices and institutions intact. Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images and Names presents to Assyriologists, Classicists, ancient historians and others the evidence necessary for study of Mesopotamia at the time when traditional culture came under the powers of the Hellenistic world. The three linked areas of this website include up-to-date and readable publication of the materials necessary for an integrated study of Hellenistic Mesopotamia. Texts: transliterations and translations into English of texts from the major sites of Uruk and Babylon. Images: photographs of seal impressions on the archival documents. Names: prosopographical data and family trees of the great lineages of the major sites.

At the moment hbtin includes a small corpus of Achaemenid Legal texts Uruk, in transliteration and translation.