A new volume of the CUSAS series, published by L. Milano and A. Westenholz, provides the readers with an unprecedented wealth of highly informative Late Sargonic documents. The present article is an in-depth analysis of this remarkable theme, focusing on a variety of philological and linguistic issues. It also contains a complete glossary of Akkadian words and forms occurring in CUSAS 27.
Gasur archive is generally believed to have originated in the classic phase of the Sargonic period (i. e. at some point during the reign of Narām-Suen or Šar-kali-šarrē), primarily on the basis of the script and metrology used in these documents. The article offers an overview of the relevant chronological data found in the Gasur texts (including the date formulae and the evidence pertaining to the royal journey to Gasur) that seem to link the archive to the later phase of Narām-Suen’s reign.
The book describes bricks stamped with Aramaic and/or figural impressions from Babylon of the sixth century B.C. The book under review is not only a catalogue of bricks with Aramaic impressions and figurative stamps. The authors analyze catalogued items from several viewpoints, among which the most important are the following: 1) paleography and the significance of these documents for the history of Aramaic writing; 2) interpretation of the images found on Neo-Babylonian bricks; 3) onomastics and its bearing on the ethno-linguistic situation in Babylon during several decades of the sixth century B.C. The book of B. Sass and J. Marzahn provides sufficient comparative material for the sixth century Aramaic writing to help solving problems of dating some Aramaic texts.