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eTACT aims to be the definitive repository on the Web for translations of Akkadian materials. Through eTACT, scholars, students, and the general public gain convenient access to a wealth of information that otherwise can be difficult to discover. Visitors to the site can have confidence in the quality of the translations since they are prepared and edited by experts.

The idea for this site arose at the Muenster Rencontre in 2006. The conception was to offer modern and reliable translations to non-specialists interested in the history and culture of the Ancient Near East. Transliteration of normalization from Akkadian are kept to a minimal and are to be used sparingly. A site that could be accessible to non-specialists via Google, but also useful to scholars in working in the field.

We envision this site to be built largely from contributions. We take the Akkadian corpus as a starting point. Apart from literary texts in the strict and wider sense, sample texts of legal and economic character from different periods will be included. To give guidance and direction, we have posted a preliminary master list of categories as well as some submission guidelines .

If you wish to contribute a translation that you have already published in a book, the published work will be acknowledged and a link will bring the reader to your publisher's webpage from which to order said book.

To submit a translation the process is simple. Just login as an ETANA member and then submit the text through our forms. You will be prompted for some information regarding the source of the translation. Each submission will be reviewed by the eTACT editor and any missing information will be completed.

Building up such a resource takes time and effort and depends on the contribution and support of the Assyriological community. As we start on the project now, we hope that it will take its own momentum, yielding benefits to all concerned.


For further information, please contact Cornelia Wunsch, the eTACT editor. Jack M. Sasson helped launch the eTACT project.

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