Ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean

A critical guide to electronic resources


- (3rd - 1st millennium BC)

Online resources

Web sites of general interest

  1. Elamita: Web de divulgación de la lengua elamita
    A website on Elamite language, texts, and history created and maintained by E. Quintana Cifuentes, of the Instituto del Proximo Oriente Antiguo in Murcia (Spain). The site also includes a grammatical description of the language, a glossary, and many texts in transliteration and translation in Spanish and English.

Online documents

  1. Persepolis Elamite Tablets
    The site of the “Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies” hosts a page by M. Dandamayev about the tablets of administrative content from the reigns of Darius the Great, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes I discovered in Persepolis. The site also includes some pictures of the tablets and a bibliographical references.
  2. Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions Online
    The project, based at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Historisches Seminar, presents online editions of the Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions in Elamite, Old Persian, and Akkadian.

Institutions, centers for study and research

  1. Persepolis Fortification Archive
    Webpage dedicated to the Persepolis Fortification Archive in the Chicago Oriental Institute website. The site illustrates the Persepolis Fortification Archive project with various pictures of clay tablets of Achaemenid period in cuneiform Elamite and Old Persian, as well as in Aramaic and Greek alphabetic script. The project aims at digitalizing and editing the tablets from this archive.

Academic materials

  1. Elamite Language
    A description of the Elamite language in the Encyclopaedia Iranica website.