- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Aug 18, 2004
The Assyrian emperor Sennacherib was the subject of his own writings. But to read his script from the 7th century B.C.E., you'll need to brush up on your cuneiform. Federal IT can help. The National Endowment for the Humanities has issued two grants to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, which will catalog more than 500,000 examples of cuneiform, Sumerian and other, still undeciphered, languages. Check it out at cdli.ucla.edu/about.html. The IT project forms part of $559,000 in NEH grants for 'Recovering Iraq's Past.' By the way, the Assyrian emperor never succeeded in achieving his goal of conquering Jerusalem. An epidemic broke out among his troops.