Cuneiform Commentaries Project Newsletter (October 2018)

October 14, 2018
Dear subscribers,
We wish to notify you of several new texts that have recently been added to the online editions of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project (, a list of which is provided below.
In addition, a total of 1,172 new photographs of tablets housed at the British Museum, taken by Mary Frazer in February 2018, have been uploaded to the website.
You are warmly invited to contribute any editions of commentary tablets you may have made for publication on the CCP website, for which you will, of course, receive full credit.
All the best,
The CCP Team

CCP 2.1.B (Šurpu, Medical text (?) B): The upper portion of the obverse of a two-column commentary in tabular-format. While the entries in ll. 1-21 of column 1 are drawn from Šurpu II, III and IV, the precise identity of the source of the subsequent entries is unclear. (Read more)

CCP 2.1.C (Tummu bītu, Šurpu 2 C): A fairly well preserved one-column tablet found among numerous other tablets in a private house in Aššur explains portions from Tummu bītu, an Akkadian incantation preventing evil spirits from entering the house, and from the second tablet of the magical compendium Šurpu, an eight-tablet series of rituals and incantations accompanying the magical rubbing of a patient, and the burning (šurpu) of the skin particles removed in the process. (Read more)
CCP 3.1.58.A.b (Enūma Anu Enlil 58(59)-62(63) Group B A): A mukallimtu commentary from Nineveh on 24 omens1 derived from the appearance and behaviour of Venus. As is typical of mukallimtu commentaries in Neo-Assyrian script from Nineveh, the lines following the first line of a new entry are all indented. The terminology of the rubric is used to describe eleven other commentaries from Nineveh, all on different Chapters of EAE. (Read more)
CCP 3.9.u8 (Divination, Uncertain): This small fragment, classified as a “scholarly text” in the catalogue of the Kuyunjik Collection,1 preserves meager remains of a tabular commentary. Interestingly, ll. 3′–5′ duplicate the large commentary tablet K.4387 r. ii 51–53 (2R 47 = CCP 3.1.u72). (Read more)
CCP 3.9.u7 (Enūma Anu Enlil 5 (?)): This small fragment contains remains of a commentary on an astrological text. It is divided in two sections by a ruling after line 4′. (Read more)
CCP 6.1.2 (Aa I/2): The present text is a fragment of a fairly large multi-column tablet with at least two columns per side. Each column is divided into three subcolumns: (1) pronunciation, (2) logogram, and (3) Akkadian equivalent. Based on the entries still extant on the fragment, the inscribed side can be identified as the tablet’s reverse. The entries are based on Aa I/2. (Read more)
CCP 6.1.17 (Aa III/2): This small fragment of the lower left corner of a tablet was found by Hormuzd Rassam at the Babylonian site of Jimjima and entered the collection of the British Museum in 1881. Unfortunately, nothing of its subscript or colophon is preserved, but its entries refer clearly to the 3rd tablet of the lexical series Ea. (Read more)
CCP 6.2.1 (Diri 1): This small fragment in the Yale Babylonian Collection preserves the lower right corner of a tablet with entries of the first tablet of Diri. Eckart Frahm1 suggested that this fragment can eventually be considered a commentary on this lexical series. (Read more)
CCP 6.2.7.B (Weidner’s God List / Diri 7 (?)): The multi-column tablet VAT 10220 (+) VAT 10249 (KAV 46 and 47) was found in the “House of the Exorcist” in Assur and dates to the late Neo-Assyrian period. There are several possible base texts: the Weidner God List (WGL), the extended sign syllabary Diri, or the sign syllabary Ea. (Read more)