This volume presents the first half of the hitherto unedited correspondence of Assurbanipal and continues the publication of the Neo-Assyrian royal correspondence begun in SAA 1. The texts edited here include 100 letters from the king himself, almost half of which have never been translated before, and 61 other missives from his reign, most of them addressed to the king. Other parts of the correspondence have been previously edited in SAA 3, 10, 13 and 18. The rest of the correspondence (letters from southern Mesopotamia) will be edited by Grant Frame in SAA 22.

We are grateful to Simo Parpola for providing an edition of these important and fascinating texts. The history of the volume is outlined in the editor's Preface.

The State Archives of Assyria Project expresses its thanks to the Trustees of the British Museum for permission to publish cuneiform tablets and illustrative materials in their custody, and to the staff of the Near East Department of the British Museum for their wholehearted and enthusiastic cooperation. We also thank the University of Helsinki for long-time support of the Project.

Beirut, November 2017

Raija Mattila

Simo Parpola

Simo Parpola, 'Foreword', The Correspondence of Assurbanipal, Part I: Letters from Assyria, Babylonia, and Vassal States, SAA 21. Original publication:Winona Laka, IN, Eisenbrauns, 2018; online contents: SAAo/SAA21 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 []

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