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Akkadian Dictionary Finally Published – Language Has Not Been Spoken For 2000 Years

According to k-international.com –

Over 4,000 years after the death of Sargon the Great, scholars have finally finished compiling a dictionary for the Akkadian language.The Akkadian language is probably the first language in the world that was written down, using a set of small, stylized pictures called cuneiform. From its origins in the ancient city-state of Akkad in what is now Iraq, use of the language spread along with Sargon’s empire to cover much of the Middle East. The Code of Hammurabi, one of the earliest known written legal codes, was written in this language. Work on the dictionary started in 1921. Back then, scholars thought they were looking at the Assyrian language, so the project is called the “Chicago Assyrian Dictionary” even though the language in question was later found to be Akkadian, of which Assyrian is simply a dialect. Consisting of 21 volumes, the dictionary was the life’s work for many of the 88 scholars who contributed to it. Since the team sought to record all the known meanings for each cuneiform symbol, the entries for some words took years to complete.

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