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Publications Office


Thomas A. Holland

Work on the large--to be printed in two volumes--Chogha Mish manuscript consumed the major portion of the Publication Office's time. In addition to relying on the tireless efforts of Abbas Alizadeh, who edited the final version of the manuscript, the Editorial Office sought the assistance of Christopher Kahrl, Sales Manager, and Kamyar Abdi, graduate student in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. It is hoped that the volumes will be in press before the end of summer (1996).

The staff of the Publications Office remained the same: Thomas A. Holland, Thomas G. Urban, and Christopher G. B. Kahrl. We were also fortunate to have Docents Ruth Barnard, Irv Diamond, and Anne Schumacher help with the proofreading and preparation of Perspectives on Hittite Civilization: Selected Writings of Hans Gustav Güterbock .

Aside from the Editorial Office's duties of seeing manuscripts through from their raw, submitted form to their final, published form, work continued on developing new fonts. The two fonts reported on last year, AssyrianDictionary and HittiteDictionary, were completed and are being used by their namesake projects and others, including this Annual Report . Work on the third font, a postscript version of Professor Janet Johnson's "Diacritics" bitmap-only font, to be used for the Demotic Dictionary, continued. As hoped, the new font was recognized in the Demotic Dictionary files and thus an enormous amount of work was saved because the Diacritics font, which was used to enter the bulk of the dictionary files, will not have to be replaced with a postscript font that is necessary for modern printers. By using all postscript fonts, it will be possible to send the Demotic Dictionary to press as postscript files, which we hope will produce the best possible images from the many scans of papyri.

The Sales Office had its best sales year ever, with gross sales totaling nearly one-hundred and sixty-thousand dollars. Sales of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary were especially strong, with increasing interest and the release of Å, Volume 17, Part 3, accounting for almost half of the sales. In its first year of release, 504 copies of this latest volume of the dictionary were distributed. Lorelei Corcoran's Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt also enjoyed considerable success, with distribution in its initial year totaling 224 copies. Robert Ritner's Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice was so successful that a second printing was necessary only two years after its first release. The Chicago Hittite Dictionary has continued to enjoy growth and success commensurate with its increased pace of publication, with 350 copies of the latest fascicle already sold. In addition to a busy year of sales, work has begun on a new, redesigned catalog to replace the one released in 1991.

Volumes Printed

  1. The Hittite Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Volume P, fascicle 2 (parOmega to pattar). H. G. Güterbock and H. A. Hoffner, Jr., eds.
  2. The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice. R. K. Ritner. SAOC 54. Second Printing.
  3. Nippur IV: The Early Neo-Babylonian Governor's Archive from Nippur. S. W. Cole. OIP 114.
  4. Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt (I-IV Centuries A.D.) with a Catalog of Portrait Mummies in Egyptian Museums. L. H. Corcoran. SAOC 56..

Other Volumes

In addition to the above publications, four other volumes were in preparation, as follows:

  1. Chogha Mish I: The First Five Seasons of Excavations 1961-1971. P. P. Delougaz and H. J. Kantor (A. Alizadeh, ed.). OIP 101.
  2. The Oriental Institute Hawara Papyri: Demotic and Greek Texts from an Egyptian Family Archive in the Fayum (Fourth to Third Centuries B.C.). G. R. Hughes and R. Jasnow. OIP 113.
  3. Perspectives on Hittite Civilization: Selected Writings of Hans Gustav Güterbock. H. A. Hoffner, Jr. and I. L. Diamond, eds. AS 26.
  4. The Presentation of Maat: Ritual and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt. E. Teeter. SAOC 57.

The following two titles were accepted for publication:

  1. A Byzantine Gold-Mining Town: The Bir Umm Fawakhir Survey Project 1993. C. Meyer, L. Heidorn, W. Kaegi, and T. Wilfong.
  2. Economic Texts of the Ur III Period in the Oriental Institute, Volume 1: Food for My Queen. Texts from DrËhim Dating to the Reign of Åulgi. M. Hilgert.


Revised: February 7, 2007

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