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Coverage for grant PW-253771-17

Completing the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period
Grant Frame, University of Pennsylvania

Grant details:

Preserving the history of the Assyrian Empire, once the largest in the world (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Jacquie Posey
Publication: Penn Current // Assyrian International News Agency
Date: 5/17/2017
Abstract: Report on award of NEH grant and the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period project

Review of Frame, Royal Inscriptions of Sargon II (Review)
Author(s): Sarah C. Melville
Publication: Review of Biblical Literature
Date: 9/9/2022
Abstract: First paragraph of review: More than thirty years in the making, Grant Frame’s superb volume represents the first comprehensive treatment of the royal inscriptions from Sargon’s reign, amounting to some 130 text editions, plus a handful with uncertain attribution and those belonging to the king’s wife, brother, and high officials. In layout and general organization, the volume adheres to guidelines first established for the University of Toronto’s Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia series and then retained with minor modifications by its successor, the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period directed by Frame at the University of Pennsylvania. Like its fellow RINAP volumes, this one is associated with RIAo (Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online), the digital counterpart that offers word-searchable transliterations and translations, as well as an additional twenty-six score transliterations not contained in the book (

Review of Frame, The Royal Inscriptions of Sargon II (Review)
Publication: Revue Biblique vol. 129/2 (2022): 285-6
Date: 4/1/2022
Abstract: Last 2 paragraphs: Frame must be warmly thanked for the present edition, not only because of its quality, but particularly because of its completeness. Thus far, one had to rely on the precious but outdated work of Daniel David Luckenbill (Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylonia, vol. 2, Chicago, IL, University of Chicago Press, 1927) for a survey of Sargon’s inscriptions. This is the first edition, since one century, that again covers all the material of Sargon II. Thanks to RINAP 2, Sargon II’s inscriptions can be studied with all the information that has enriched the field since Luckenbill’s translation. The book is a very welcome tool, not only for Assyriologists, but also for any biblical scholar who is interested in the historical context of the divided kingdom, particularly for those working on the context of the fall of Samaria and the end of the northern kingdom.

Review of Novotny and Jeffers RINAP 5/1 (Review)
Author(s): Bieke Mahieu
Publication: Revue Biblique volume 129/2 (2022) pp. 441-2
Date: 7/1/2022
Abstract: Last paragraph of review: The edition is of great value for the study of the latter part of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, when the Assyrians managed to conquer Egypt (Esarhaddon in 671 B, and subsequently Ashurbanipal in 667 and 664 BC). ... The book is a precious tool for any scholar interested in the historical contexts of the latter southern kingdom.

Review of Novotny and Jeffers, RINAP 5/1 (Review)
Author(s): S. Ponchia
Publication: Arhiv für Oriental Forschung volume 55 (2022): 182-189
Date: 10/25/2022
Abstract: One quote: "The authors have thus accomplished a particularly difficult task whose long-awaited results will be completed by Volume 5/2 with the publication of the remaining documents." Final paragraph: "This new volume of Ashurbanipal’s inscriptions, with its ordered, revised, and improved comprehensive presentation of the texts will ease the work of philologists and historians who deal with this crucial documentation and the placement of royal inscriptions within a complex system of communication with which various concordances are retrievable."