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Ancient world dictionary finished after 90 years
Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2011 | SHARON COHEN

Posted on 06/04/2011 7:47:12 AM PDT by decimon

CHICAGO – It was a monumental project with modest beginnings: a small group of scholars and some index cards. The plan was to explore a long-dead language that would reveal an ancient world of chariots and concubines, royal decrees and diaries — and omens that came from the heavens and sheep livers.

The year: 1921. The place: The University of Chicago. The project: Assembling an Assyrian dictionary based on words recorded on clay or stone tablets unearthed from ruins in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, written in a language that hadn't been uttered for more than 2,000 years. The scholars knew the project would take a long time. No one quite expected how very long.

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Now that the dictionary is finished, Roth says there's a feeling of tremendous accomplishment and "a little bit of a sense of loss.... This has occupied my waking and sleeping moments for 32 years. You dream this stuff."

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(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: akkadian; assyrian; cuneiform; godsgravesglyphs

1 posted on 06/04/2011 7:47:14 AM PDT by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Warren’s the word ping.


2 posted on 06/04/2011 7:47:52 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

An amazing story about an amazing journey.

I wonder how much is online. It would be fascinating reading.


3 posted on 06/04/2011 7:58:08 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: onedoug
"I'll get you on the Ameche."

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4 posted on 06/04/2011 7:58:22 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: decimon
....explore a long-dead language that would reveal an ancient world of chariots and concubines, royal decrees and diaries — and omens that came from the heavens and sheep livers.

Sounds like an Obama wet dream for America

5 posted on 06/04/2011 7:59:22 AM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: decimon

The editors of the Bavarian Dictionary say it will take 45 years. I bet their underestimating. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11095620


6 posted on 06/04/2011 8:00:45 AM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: freedumb2003
It would be fascinating reading.

You deserve some applause if you can read it.

7 posted on 06/04/2011 8:02:03 AM PDT by decimon
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To: vladimir998
The editors of the Bavarian Dictionary say it will take 45 years. I bet their underestimating.

You are bairisch on their prospects?

8 posted on 06/04/2011 8:08:53 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Can you spell Grant Money??


9 posted on 06/04/2011 8:13:29 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: stylecouncilor

¨A homina-homina....¨


10 posted on 06/04/2011 8:14:36 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: decimon

11 posted on 06/04/2011 8:17:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: stylecouncilor

just saw that a couple days ago.... thinking the same thing


12 posted on 06/04/2011 8:19:41 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Sacajaweau
Can you spell Grant Money??

I doubt it. If grant money had been involved, they would have hired a bunch of grad students and done it in 20 years.

It sounds more like a labor of real scholarship. It was started long before the era of multitudinous government grants. Before Franklin Roosevelt.

13 posted on 06/04/2011 8:24:13 AM PDT by marktwain
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Thanks decimon. The words are even more ancient now than was thought. ;')

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14 posted on 06/04/2011 8:26:00 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: stylecouncilor

It was a black and white world, and I’m glad. :’)


15 posted on 06/04/2011 8:35:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: marktwain; All

This project was started during the same year that Ray Chapman Andrews (the inspiration for Indiana Jones) was planning his expeditions into the Gobi desert in Mongolia. It was a golden age, after WWI and before the Great Depression. Calvin Coolidge, one of our greatest and most successful presidents, was in charge during most of this era.


16 posted on 06/04/2011 8:36:37 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Did a little googling...lotsa past grants and ongoing grants for this.


17 posted on 06/04/2011 8:38:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: decimon

Ohhh! Nice one.


18 posted on 06/04/2011 8:39:12 AM PDT by vladimir998 (When anti-Catholics can't debate they just make stuff up.)
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To: marktwain

http://www.historians.org/info/AHA_History/jhbreasted.htm


19 posted on 06/04/2011 8:45:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
Did a little googling...lotsa past grants and ongoing grants for this.

Thanks for your research.

20 posted on 06/04/2011 9:07:31 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: decimon
a language that hadn't been uttered for more than 2,000 years...

"This has occupied my waking and sleeping moments for 32 years. You dream this stuff."

Just imagine his disappointment when he finds out there's no one to converse with!

21 posted on 06/04/2011 9:08:14 AM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: Moltke
Just imagine his disappointment when he finds out there's no one to converse with!

Other than the same dorks she's been with for 32 years.

22 posted on 06/04/2011 9:17:32 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Now that is scholarship....


23 posted on 06/04/2011 10:43:19 AM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: SunkenCiv; decimon

Thanks for the post and the Ping!


24 posted on 06/04/2011 2:51:39 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: decimon

Ah, I missed that he is a she. Couldn’t tell from the excerpt.

Anyway, looks like these people are all over the world, so it’ll have to be by telephone or email (is there a font for that yet?)


25 posted on 06/04/2011 3:18:34 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: decimon; SunkenCiv

Obviously the end of an era of important scholarship with no new words to conquer.

ETAOIN SHRDLU, Professor Roth.


26 posted on 06/05/2011 8:37:46 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: freedumb2003
I wonder how much is online. It would be fascinating reading.

The pdf files are here (they do ask that downloads be limited to one copy and are for personal use only):

http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/pubs/catalog/cad/

And a high speed internet link would be a really good thing. The volume for the letter B is something like 35 MB.

27 posted on 06/18/2011 6:07:11 AM PDT by Victoria_R (Believers in VERY small government: Count Mountjoy/Benter in 2012!!!)
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To: Victoria_R

Thanks!


28 posted on 06/18/2011 10:56:35 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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