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Cuneiform texts from Babylonian tablets in the British Museum Pt. 55…

by T. G. Pinches

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Description from the Foreword: The three volumes, CT 55, 56 and 57, now published appear under a common title, Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Economic Texts. They contain 2727 documents from the 82-7-14 collection of tablets excavated by Hormuzd Rassam at Abu Habba, ancient Sippar, copied by the late Th. G. Pinches during the years 1892 to 1894. CT 55-57 virtually complete the posthumous publication of the "pinches copies' preserved in the Department, which started in 1955 with A.J. Sach's edition of Late Babylonion Astronomical and Related Texts (Brown University Press) and continued with CT 44 (1963), 45(1964), and 51 (1972). They thus constitute the latest, and last, major contribution to Assyriology of that indefatigable scholar and pioneer. The Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Economic Texts were originally to have been published in a full edition by another great Assyriologist, the late A. Leo Oppenheim. By the time of his death, however, he had only succeeded in rearranging the greater part of the copies (2387 out of 2727) to facilitate their study. In order to put this important source of information at the disposal of scholars as quickly as possible it has been decided to publish the copies in traditional CT style. Oppenheim's arrangement of the texts has been followed, but no attempt was made to incorporate in it the copies he had not yet dealt with at his death. These appear instead at the end of this edition (CT 57, nos. 687-1026) in the numerical order of the collection.

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