Cuneiform Commentaries Project – Updates

January 15, 2018

Several important new editions have been uploaded to the website of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project during the last few months, including those listed below.

(1) CCP 1.5 (Literary Prayer to Marduk 2): This small and badly damaged tablet contains a commentary that deals with the first sixty-eight lines of the literary prayer Lord, Sage of the Igigi, a text frequently called, after Lambert’s pioneering edition, Marduk no. 2. (

(2) CCP 3.1.55.G (Enūma Anu Enlil 55 G): Although cited in secondary literature already in 1925, this is the first published text edition of this commentary. The tablet, which is from Hellenistic Uruk, contains, in varying states of preservation, the first thirty-eight lines of a commentary on one of the higher-numbered chapters of Enūma Anu Enlil. The number by which the chapter was known at Uruk is uncertain, but at Assur it was Chapter 48 (according to the Assur catalogue of EAE) and at Nineveh it was Chapter 55 (?). (

(3) CCP 4.2.M.a (Therapeutic (Qutāru) M): This cola-type commentary on a medical text for the treatment of four types of epilepsy is one of the most frequently cited commentaries in modern secondary literature. For this edition, the tablet was collated in person and using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), and several improved readings (o 4, 5, 15, 19, 27, 28, 29, r 4’ and 5’ – all indicated in the transliteration by asterisks) and interpretations have been possible. (Read more)

(4) CCP 6.1.13.C (Aa II/5 (pirsu 13) C): This commentary comprises two joining fragments: BM 48261 (81-11-3,971) and BM 48380 (81-11-3,1090). It preserves parts of a previously unidentified commentary on Aa II/1 (?) and II/5. (


Furthermore, Yale University Library has assigned permanent identifiers (DOIs) to the editions of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project. This means that each CCP edition is now indexed by the main repositories of scholarly works. We have also modified the way in which textual notes are displayed to make them more user-friendly. Last but not least, we are delighted to announce that Klaus Wagensonner ( is now a Senior Editor in the project.

Thanks are expressed to the following scholars, who have contributed their editions and feedback since the last newsletter: Uri Gabbay, Klaus Wagensonner, and Shana Zaia. We would like to renew our invitation for Assyriologists around the world to contribute their editions of as yet unedited commentary tablets, for which they will receive full credit.

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