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Ancient Near East
Keywords for Online Searching:
Israelite, Sumerian, Mesopotamian, Hittite, Phoenician, Akkadian, Egyptian, Roman, Greek.

Associated Journals and Organizations
Deutsche Morgenlandische-Gesellschaft (German Oriental Society)
American Oriental Society
American Schools of Oriental Research
AWOL: The Ancient World Online: An alphabetical list of all open access journals in Ancient Studies

SBL Program Units:
Archaeological Excavations and Discoveries: Illuminating the Biblical World
Archaeology of Religion in the Roman World
Assyriology and the Bible
Egyptology and Ancient Israel

Sites of Interest

  • Pascal Attinger's downloadable French translation of the Sumerian "Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld". Other translations posted there are: "Lamentation over Sumer and Akkad", "The Curse of Agade", "Enmerkar and Ensukukeshdanna", and "Dumuzi's Dream."
  • The Digital Karnak Project
  • The Internet Archive has posted online the first 16 volumes of the publications of the Mission archéologique en Iran, cited variously as Délégation en Perse; Mission archéologique de Susiane; Mission archéologique de Perse, and commonly known as MDP.
  • Center for Advanced Judaic Studies: Jewish and Other Imperial Cultures in Late Antiquity Online Exhibit
  • Livius A site on the ancient near east maintained by Jona Lendering, a Dutch historian and the author of books on antiquity.
  • The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3350 BC, until the end of the pre-Christian era.
  • ABZU
    Guide to resources for the study of the ancient Near East available on the Internet: a project and publication of The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute, Chicago
  • Cuneiform Signs
    Analysis of the issues surrounding the development of a proposal for encoding the Cuneiform writing system for inclusion in the Unicode standard. Note that these reports are not static and will be updated on a continuing basis.
  • Chicago Demotic Dictionary
    Online (PDF files) version of the ongoing Demotic dictionary project at the Oriental Institute
  • ARTA (Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology)
    Online journal devoted to all aspects of Achaemenid research
  • Hittite Home Page
    The starting place for serious Hittite research on the WWW.
  • The Diachronic Corpus of Sumerian Literature
    The DCSL project seeks to establish a web-based corpus of Sumerian literature spanning the entire history of Mesopotamian civilization, over a range of 2500 years.
  • ETANA Core Texts
    Classic but hard to find volumes online
  • ETANA: Electronic Tools and Ancient Near Eastern Archives 
    A collaboration of SBL, Oriental Institute (UChicago), and others
  • ETCSL: The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
    A project of the University of Oxford, the corpus comprises a selection of nearly 400 literary compositions recorded on sources which come from ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and date to the late third and early second millennia BCE.
  • Hethitologie Portal Mainz
  • "Un Escrito y Varios Textos.
    Informatica y Filologia. Recension texto ugaritico." Jesus-Luis Cunchillos y Juan-Pablo Vita. Laboratorio de Hermeneumetica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid 2002; free book in PDF format covering development of a recension of the Ugaritic texts and the advantages of computers in such efforts
  • Unwrapping and Visualizing Cuneiform Tablets
    This article demonstrates a technique with the potential to make cuneiform tablet archives accessible on a scholar's computer.
  • Okeanos: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
    A very well organized and useful collection of links to resources spanning classics, biblical studies, and the Ancient Near East.
  • Oriental Institute Research Archives
    An on-line catalogue to the archives of the Oriental Institute.
  • PSD: The Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary Project
    The PSD is preparing an exhaustive dictionary of the Sumerian language which aims to be useful to non-specialists as well as Sumerologists.
  • Flood Stories from the Ancient Near East: Read about similar stories which occur in several cultures surrounding ancient Israel. 



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