Foreword

This volume presents the hitherto unpublished correspondence of Esarhaddon in the Neo-Babylonian language and completes the publication of the correspondence of this ruler. Other parts of the correspondence are to be found in SAA 10, SAA 13 and SAA 17. The basic manuscript of the volume was prepared by Frances Reynolds while a researcher of the State Archives of Assyria Centre of Excellence in 1998-2001. Later, the texts included in the volume were supplemented with 47 additional texts. These texts were edited by Simo Parpola, who also revised the basic manuscript according to the principles set out in the Editorial Manual and provided the indices. Further details are to be found in the Preface and the Introduction.

The Project expresses its thanks to the Trustees of the British Museum for permission to publish texts and illustrative material in their custody, and to the staff of the Department of the Ancient Near East of the British Museum for their wholehearted and enthusiastic cooperation. We also express our gratitude to the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin, for the use of VA 159 and VA 2708.

We are grateful to the University of Helsinki for financial support for the State Archives of Assyria Project during the preparation of the volume.

Helsinki, December 2003

Robert M. Whiting

Robert M. Whiting

Robert M. Whiting, 'Foreword', The Babylonian Correspondence of Esarhaddon and Letters to Assurbanipal and Sin-šarru-iškun from Northern and Central Babylonia, SAA 18. Original publication: Helsinki, Helsinki University Press, 2003; online contents: SAAo/SAA18 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 [http://oracc.org/saa18foreword/]

 
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