The Oriental Institute

We admit that we have been lucky that back in the day we walked the streets of Palmyra and gazed upon the Temple of Bel, visited “The Treasury” at Petra while marveling at the ingenuity of the water supply system there, tread the ruins of Carthage and recalled the phrase uttered by Cato at every speech-making opportunity (abbreviated as “Carthago delenda est”),  and strolled among “The “Houses of the Dead” at Meroe. So it should come as no surprise that we recommend the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with its wealth of online publications. Its entire corpus of 700+ works has been digitized for free access; these works encompass both scholarly and more popular items. Tomes range from Picturing the Past that highlights restoration efforts, whether in line drawings, digital reconstructions, or actual rebuilding to the Assyrian Dictionary, a multi-year project.


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