Preface

The Assyrian Eponym Lists are basic to ancient Near Eastern chronology, so the aim of this study is to provide as clear and complete a presentation of the texts relating to the first millennium BC as possible.

After many interruptions, the liberal offer from Simo Parpola to include the work under the aegis of the SAA project has stimulated and made possible its completion. His team, Robert Whiting, Raija Mattila and Laura Kataja have toiled to edit and set the text under his direction, incorporating references from SAA publications and some other sources into my earlier typescript, converting the ms to electronic format, and checking the entire catalogue against the SAA database with the assistance of Kalle Fabritius. Robert Whiting has generously added observations on the post-canonical eponyms from his own research and has prepared the Index of Excavation, Museum and Publication Numbers. I am deeply grateful to these scholars for their friendly and efficient co-operation.

Collecting and collating the material presented has only been possible through the kindness of many scholars who have made available texts known to them; my thanks are expressed to A. Y. Ahmed, J. Black, J. A. Brinkman, S. Dalley, K. Deller, I. L. Finkel, W. G. Lambert, E. LipiƄski, the late B. H. Parker (Lady Mallowan), S. Parpola, J. N. Postgate, C. B. F. Walker, D. J. Wiseman. Various authorities have permitted me to quote texts in collections under their charge, B. K. Ismail (Baghdad), D. Homès-Fredericq (Brussels) and L. Jakob-Rost (Berlin), who kindly supplied photographs of the Eponym Lists from Assur and checked the proposed joins of Eponym List A7. The Trustees of the British Museum have permitted the publication of my copies of tablets in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities and I am indebted to successive Keepers of that department, the late R. D. Barnett, the late E. Sollberger, T. C. Mitchell and J.E. Curtis and their staff, for giving access to many tablets in their care. The Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft, through J. Renger, freely gave permission for the reproduction of Otto Schroeder's copies of eponym lists from Assur and O. R. Gurney and the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara have willingly allowed me to include the published copies of the lists from Sultantepe. The whole task could only be done with the generous support of colleagues that characterizes Assyriology.

The University of Liverpool granted one term's study leave to begin the project and has covered continuing expenses.

The encouragement of Kenneth Kitchen and Donald Wiseman and the constancy of my wife, Margaret, have been my indispensable support.

The University of Liverpool, March 1994

Alan Millard

Alan Millard

Alan Millard, 'Preface', The Eponyms of the Assyrian Empire 910-612 BC, SAAS 2. Original publication: Helsinki, Helsinki University Press, 1994; online contents: SAAo/SAAS2 Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2020 [http://oracc.org/saas2preface/]

 
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