This invaluable collection of Mesopotamian texts of the type labeled "chronicles" is divided into two sections: studies and texts. Each study elucidates essential chronicle historical and source material. Each text is presented with transliteration, translation, and commentary. Indexes, line drawings, and plates complete this volume.
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The Assyrian and Babylonian chronicles are historiographical texts from ancient Mesopotamia. Although they contain references to the earliest times, they deal especially with the second half of the second and the entire first millennium down to the first century BCE cf. Below, you will find an overview of chronicles, more or less in their chronological order.
For those who are unfamiliar with the subject but are interested, the "reader's editions" ought to be accessible. These are simplified translations. After reading a bit about the conventions of publication , the "scholarly editions" ought to be accessible too. In the table below, yellow indicates a text written in Sumerian, pink stands for Assyrian, blue for Babylonian.
There are no scholarly editions of the non-BCHP-chronicles on this page. For the original usually Akkadian text and commentaries, you must consult Grayson's or Glassner's book.
The translations offered here are free adaptations from ABC and CM; the spelling of personal names has been harmonized, variants have been ignored, explanatory notes have been added, uncertain readings have not been indicated. Reading cuneiform. Early Years of Nabopolassar chronicle. Early Years of Nebuchadnezzar chronicle. Third year of Neriglissar chronicle. Artaxerxes III chronicle. Antiochus I and Sin temple chronicle.
Antiochus, Bactria , and India chronicle. End of Seleucus I chronicle. Invasion of Ptolemy III chronicle. Seleucus III chronicle. Chronicle concerning an Arsacid king. Diary concerning Artaxerxes II Mnemon.
The Babylonian Chronicles are a series of tablets recording major events in Babylonian history. They are thus one of the first steps in the development of ancient historiography. The Babylonian Chronicles were written from the reign of Nabonassar up to the Parthian Period , by Babylonian astronomers "Chaldaeans" , who probably used the Astronomical Diaries as their source. Almost all of the tablets were identified as chronicles once in the collection of the British Museum , having been acquired via antiquities dealers from unknown excavations in the 19th century.