The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia


The purpose of The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Project is to make available to scholars and specialists standard editions with English translations of the inscriptions of the ancient kings of Mesopotamia. The volumes feature complete corpora of edited inscriptions which are collated against the originals when possible. The inscriptions are supplemented by variants, concordances, and indexes. The current series is now complete.
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Pre-Sargonic Period: Early Periods, Volume 1 (2700-2350 BC)
Pre-Sargonic Period: Early Periods, Volume 1 (2700-2350 BC)
Douglas Frayne

Provides editions of all known royal inscriptions of kings who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia down to the advent of King Sargon of Akkad. The volume includes a handful of new inscriptions recently uncovered in Iraq.

Published May 2008
Ur III Period (2112-2004 BC)
Ur III Period (2112-2004 BC)
By Douglas Frayne

This volume of RIM focuses on the inscriptions of the Third Dynasty of Ur, a city made famous by archaeological excavations of its spectacular burial sites.

Published Dec 1997
Gudea and his Dynasty
Gudea and his Dynasty
By Sibylle Edzard

This volume of RIM focuses on the Second Dynasty of Lagas, and concentrates mainly on the inscriptions of Cylinders A and B of the most important king of that dynasty, Gudea.

Published Aug 1997
Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC II (858-745 BC)
Assyrian Rulers of the Early First Millennium BC II (858-745 BC)
A. Kirk Grayson

A. Kirk Grayson presents the texts of the royal inscriptions from the earlier phase of the Neo-Assyrian period, a time in which the Assyrian kings campaigned as far as the Mediterranean and came into direct contact with biblical lands.

Published Mar 1996
Rulers of  Babylonia - Rimb 2
Rulers of Babylonia - Rimb 2
By Grant Frame

This volume contains a short introduction for each ruler. Every inscription is accompanied by an introductory statement, a catalogue of exemplars, a brief commentary, a bibliography, a transliteration and translation, and notes.

Published Mar 1995
Sargonic and Gutian Periods (2234-2113 BC)
Sargonic and Gutian Periods (2234-2113 BC)
By Douglas Frayne

In this corpus we find the first extensive use of the Akkadian language, in it oldest known dialect, for royal inscriptions.

Published Dec 1993
Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595 B.C.): Early Periods, Volume 4
Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595 B.C.): Early Periods, Volume 4
By Douglas Frayne

A short introduction for each inscription gives its general contents, place of origin, and relative dating. Also included are a detailed catalogue of exemplars, a brief commentary, bibliography, and text in transliteration facing an English translation.

Published Sep 1990