News from Oriental Institute – University of Chicago
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago has announced that The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD) has been completed.
The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, initiated in 1921 by James Henry Breasted, is compiling a comprehensive dictionary of the various dialects of Akkadian, the earliest known Semitic language that was recorded on cuneiform texts that date from c. 2400 B.C. to A.D. 100 which were recovered from archaeological excavations of ancient Near Eastern sites. The Assyrian Dictionary is in every sense a joint undertaking of resident and non-resident scholars from around the world who have contributed their time and labor over a period of seventy years to the collection of the source materials and to the publication of the Dictionary.
Each of the 20+ volumes is available as a free download, or for purchase as a hard copy, by visiting the web page of the Oriental Institute here.
Don’t be surprised by the list of prices for each volume. Simply identify the volume you want to download. Then go to the far right, and click on the download arrow to get the volume that you want.
This is a major gift to scholars, and is a demonstration of what’s possible when publishers put their minds to encouraging scholarship.