Monday, October 20, 2008

Near Eastern Prosopography and Onomastics

Charles Helton wants a Lexicon of Greek Personal Names for Sumerian and Akkadian. What's the state of prosopographical and onomastic research in that context and the status of relevant projects (digital or otherwise)?


Charles Ellwood Jones said...

I think the most recent published comprehensive onomastic corpus for a single dialect of Akkadian is The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, based on the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project database. There are a great many other recent studies, for instance John Nielsen's 2008 University of Chicago dissertation Sons and descendants : a social history of kin groups and family names in the early neo-Babylonian period.

I had a conversation last week with a colleague who was imagining a wiki-like collectively developed prosopographic resource for the Sassanian empire. Does such a thing exist for any corpus of names?

Charles Halton said...

Chuck, to my knowledge a wiki for names doesn't exist. However, I think it is an absolutely fantastic idea. CDLI has a very nice wiki-like deal that has year names and stuff--it would be great if something like this were done for names. Furthermore, if there was a central database for names covering more or less all dialects and periods that would be very helpful.