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Monday, June 6, 2011

Assyrian dictionary finished after 90 years!

In 1921 The University of Chicago started work on a Assyrian dictionary that lasted 90 years!
Gil Stein, director of the university's Oriental Institute:"The Assyrian Dictionary gives us the key into the world's first urban civilization," "Virtually everything that we take for granted ... has its origins in Mesopotamia, whether it's the origins of cities, of state societies, the invention of the wheel, the way we measure time, and most important the invention of writing. If we ever want to understand our roots we have to understand this first great civilization." (source)
I wouldn't mind a copy of this dictionary. It sounds facinating!

You can find the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project here:


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