The Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (CAD)

Editor-in-Charge:
Martha T. Roth
Editorial Board:
Robert D. Biggs, John A. Brinkman, Miguel Civil, Walter Farber, Erica Reiner, Martha T. Roth, Matthew W. Stolper.

Volume Pagination Date ISBN Price  
Volume 1, A, part 1 xxxvi + 392 1964 0-918986-06-0 $60.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 1, A, part 2 xx + 531 1968 0-918986-07-9 $80.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 2, B xviii + 366 1965 0-918986-08-7 $60.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 3, D xiv + 203 1959 0-918986-09-5 $50.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 4, E xiv + 435 1958 0-918986-10-9 $70.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 5, G xii + 158 1956 0-918986-11-7 $45.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 6, H [Het] xiii + 266 1956 0-918986-12-5 $50.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 7, I/J xv + 331 1960 0-918986-13-3 $60.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 8, K xix + 617 1971 0-918986-14-1 $80.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 9, L xx + 259 1973 0-918986-15-X $55.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 10, M, part 1 xxiv + 441 1977 0-918986-16-8 $130.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 10, M, part 2 xx + 324 1977 0-918986-16-8 Download Terms of Use
Volume 11, N, part 1 xxiii + 382 1980 0-918986-17-6 $130.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 11, N, part 2 xxi + 357 1980 0-918986-17-6 Download Terms of Use
Volume 12, P xxx + 559 2005 1-885923-35-X $130.00 PurchaseDownload Terms of Use
Volume 13, Q xxiv + 332 1982 0-918986-24-9 $70.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 14, R xxx + 441 1999 1-885923-14-7 $95.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 15, S xxiv + 428 1984 0-918986-40-0 $80.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 16, S [Tsade] xv + 262 1962 0-918986-18-4 $65.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 17, S [Shin], part 1 xxviii + 492 1989 0-918986-55-9 $75.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 17, S [Shin], part 2 xxviii + 453 1992 0-918986-78-8 $70.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 17, S [Shin], part 3 xxxiv + 420 1992 0-918986-79-6 $95.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 18, T xxx + 500 2006 1-885923-42-2 $145.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 19, T [Tet] xxxii + 167 2006 1-885923-43-0 $105.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 20, U/W xxxi + 411 2010 1-885923-78-3 $150.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
Volume 21, Z xv + 170 1961 0-918986-19-2 $45.00 Purchase Download Terms of Use
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The CAD project was initiated in the early 1920s, not long after James Henry Breasted founded the Oriental Institute in 1919, and barely one hundred years after the decipherment of the cuneiform script. This initial decipherment, and the soon-to-follow achievements in understanding the languages in which the hundreds of thousands of clay tablets were inscribed, opened an unsuspected treasure-house for the study and appreciation of one of the world's oldest civilizations.

The Chicago Assyrian Dictionary was conceived to provide more than lexical information alone, more than a one-to-one equivalent between Akkadian and English words. By presenting each word in a meaningful context, usually with a full and idiomatic translation, it recreates the cultural milieu and thus in many ways assumes the function of an encyclopedia. Its source material ranges in time from the third millennium b.c. to the first century a.d., and in geographic area from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Zagros Mountains in the east.

With sixteen of the projected twenty-one volumes published and the remaining volumes in various stages of preparation, with close to two million file cards - a database which is continually updated and which is accessible to scholars and students who wish to consult it - the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary has become an invaluable source for the study of the civilizations of the ancient Near East, their political and cultural history, their achievements in the sciences of medicine, astronomy, mathematics, and linguistics, and not least the timeless beauty of their poetry.