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Akkadian

Akkadian  

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(1) Term used until 1869 for the language now known as Sumerian. (2) Term used since 1869 for the East Semitic language that is also known by its northern and ...
Akkadian Period

Akkadian Period  

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[CP]A cultural grouping named after an archaeologically unlocated site in the northern part of Sumer (possibly Babylon) that became the capital city of the Akkadian state founded by Sargon in c.2370 ...
alphabet

alphabet  

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1. A particular sequential arrangement of a set of letters or other graphic symbols used to write a language in which these graphemes are used to represent the basic speech sounds or phonemes.2. A ...
Anatolian languages

Anatolian languages  

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In the course of this century new evidence has emerged for a family of closely related languages attested in Anatolia (Turkey) from the 16th cent. bc and indirectly known two ...
Asia Minor

Asia Minor  

The term ‘Asia Minor’ denotes the westernmost part of the Asian continent, equivalent to modern Turkey between the Aegean and the Euphrates. The west and south coastal fringes were part of the ...
Belshazzar

Belshazzar  

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Incorrectly asserted in Dan. 5: 2 to be the son of Nebuchadnezzar and last king of Babylon. Cuneiform inscriptions found at Ur, however, show that he was the son of Nabonidus of Babylon (556–539bce) ...
books, Greek and Roman

books, Greek and Roman  

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Books existed in Egypt long before they came into use in Greece. Systems of writing had been invented and developed for administrative purposes in both Egypt and Mesopotamia by c.3000 bc. While the ...
clay

clay  

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An inorganic constituent of soils consisting chiefly of clay minerals (mainly hydrous silicates of aluminium) in the form of particles less than 0.002 mm in diameter. See also flocculation.
Cuneiform

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

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2011
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The first descriptions of cuneiform writing were brought to the West by travellers in the seventeenth century. They used terms

Cuneiform

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International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2 ed.)

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2003
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lit. ‘wedge-shaped’ writing (from Latin cuneus ‘wedge’), was used in the Near East from ca. 2900 bce to the 1st

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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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2010
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An early kind of writing developed in *Mesopotamia during the height of Sumerian power (c.2100–2000bce) and

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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System of writing developed in Mesopotamia by c.3000 bc. It consists of wedge-shaped strokes, derived from writing on

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Stephanie Mary Dalley

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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is wedge-shaped writing thought to have developed from impressions of clay tokens and incised pictograms by impressing the triangular cross-section of a reed upon clay. First used for ... ... More
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

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2009
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[De] The term used to describe early writing in the Middle East (Sumerian, Akkadian and related languages) in which wedge‐shaped impressions are left on a clay tablet. It was ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
denoting or relating to the wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, surviving mainly impressed on clay tablets. The name comes ... More
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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[from the Latin cuneus, ‘wedge’]

The wedge-shaped characters used in the ancient writing systems of Mesopotamia, Persia, and Ugarit, which survive mainly impressed upon ...

decipherment

decipherment  

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The deciphering of obscure or obliterated parts of MSS or documents is rarely a simple process, and sometimes relies upon subjective conjecture (aided, however, by familiarity with handwriting, ...
Ebla

Ebla  

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Archaeological site in Syria excavated in 1974–5. Many thousands of cuneiform texts were discovered written in a language which resembles Hebrew. They give important information about the Near East ...
Elam

Elam  

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A country east of the lower Tigris. Elam is first mentioned in the OT in Gen. 14 where the king is one of a coalition, but it comes frequently into the history of the 8th and 7th cents. bce when its ...
Elamite

Elamite  

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The second language of the trilingual inscriptions of the Achaemenid kings of ancient Persia, Elamite was deciphered in the 1840s, after G. F. Grotefend in 1802 had read and identified ...

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