The article below by Professor Sylvie Lackenbacher regarding non-Elamtie texts in Elam first appeared in the Encyclopedia Iranica.


Most non-Elamite texts inscribed on Elamite territories have been found in Susiana, that is, the region nearest to Mesopotamia and most exposed to Mesopotamian political and cultural influences. They include Sumerian and Akkadian literarary tablets and royal inscriptions; letters; and literary, legal, and administrative texts written in Sumerian and Akkadian by local scribes. At the end of the 3rd millennium B.C.E. Susiana was ruled successively by the kings of Akkad and Ur, and immigrants from Mesopotamia may have settled there (Lambert, p. 57). At any rate the Mesopotamian culture introduced in that period survived long after Meso-potamian political control of Susa.

During the sukkalmah period (ca. 1970-1600 B.C.E) Akkadian, a Semitic language, was used in Susa for letters, administrative records, and legal transactions. Both it and Sumerian were also used in royal inscriptions, chiefly on bricks, at Susa and Malyan (Mal^[email protected]; ancient Anshan, q.v.) in this period. Despite shifting relations between Elam and Mesopotamia, Akkadian never completely disappeared from Susiana, though changes did occur after the middle of the 2nd millennium (Lambert, p. 54). Akkadian was taught and used by scholars, and, aside from such trophies of war as the stele of Hammurabi, local versions of Mesopotamian religious, scholarly, magical, medical, and divination texts have been excavated, mainly at Susa and Haft Tepe (Kabnak). Beginning in the Ur III period (2112-2004), Akkadian written in Elam exhibited distinctive orthographic features (e.g., use of the sign æaà to write æa or æa‚ and of æí instead of æi) and uncommon ideograms.Scribal exercises in the form of lexical lists are found wherever Mesopotamian culture was introduced, and many examples, some dating from the Akkadian period (ca. 2350-2000 B.C.E.), have been found at Susa (Cavigneaux, p. 612; Tanret, p. 139). Two fragments of exercise texts have been found at Malyan (Stolper, 1982l, p. 57 n. 52). Mathematical texts (van der Meer; Bruins and Rutten) written in Akkadian include some sophisticated problems involving local, as well as “Akkadian,” methods for their solution (Friberg, p. 580). Literary texts include a single bilingual religious text (in Sumerian and Akkadian), a medico-magical text, eight divination texts, and two royal letters in Sumerian with Akkadian translations, found all together at Susa and obviously written in Elam (Labat and Edzard). They have been attributed to the late 15th or early 14th centuries B.C.E. (Biggs and Stolper, p. 161). Some differ little in content from texts in the Mesopotamian tradition; others have no close parallels. Similarities in content, ductus, and orthography among the omen texts from Susa, an omen text from Chogha Pahn (Ù[email protected] [email protected]) about 23 km ti the east, and an unpublished divinatory text from Haft Tepe are proof of genuine scholarship in Susiana (Biggs and Stolper, pp. 160-62). In contrast to this wholly Mesopotamian literature, the so-called “funerary texts” (Scheil, 1916; Dossin, pp. 88-91, 94) seem to represent indigenous culture, perhaps specific to Susa or perhaps rendering in Akkadian elements found more widely in Elamite territories.Aside from a single bilingual (Akkadian and Elamite) inscription of Puzur-Inæuæinak and trilingual (Akkadian, Elamite, Old Persian) inscriptions of the Achaemenid kings, official and royal inscriptions were written in Sumerian and Akkadian during the sukkalmah period and in Akkadian by the Middle Elamite kings Inæuæinak-æar-ilani (or Inæuæinak-sunkir-nappipir, the Elamite reading of the ideographic rendering of his name) and Tepti-ahar and occasionally Untaæ-Napiriæa and ˆutruk-Nahhunte. Throughout these periods, including the Achaemenid period, the scribes copied and adapted classical Mesopotamian models and phraseology for foundation deposits, rock inscriptions, steles, votive inscriptions, and inscribed statues, bricks, and column bases found at Susa, Ù[email protected] Zanb^l (q.v.), [email protected] (q.v.), and Haft Tepe (Scheil 1900; idem, 1902; idem, 1905; idem, 1929; idem, 1933; idem, 1939; idem and Gautier; Scheil and Legrain; Weissbach; Rutten, 1953; Steve 1987; Reiner; Vallat, 1974a; idem, 1974b; idem, 1986; Malbrat-Laban, 1995). A few letters from the sukkalmah period found at Susa are known only through copies (Dossin, pp. 84-87); the remainder, as well as some legal texts, are being prepared for publication by Le‚on de Meyer, the present author, and Florence Malbran-Labat. Along with orthographic and morphological features common to all Akkadian texts written in Elam, these letters reveal distinctive phraseology, a few unknown words, and names of deities unattested elsewhere.Two fragments of Sumerian administrative texts have been found at Malyan (Stolper, 1982, p. 57 n. 52) and Ur III Sumerian administrative texts at Susa. Hundreds of administrative and legal documents in Akkadian have been excavated at Susa, Haft Tepe, and [email protected] Fandowa near Haft Tepe (Scheil 1902; idem, 1930; idem, 1932; idem, 1933; idem, 1939; idem and Gautier; Scheil and Legrain; Dossin; Herrero and Glassner 1990; idem, 1991; Beckman). In them are recorded events in the daily life of an agricultural and pastoral society; for example, the Haft Tepe texts come from the archives of a large estate over a few decades of the 14th century (Glassner, p. 115). The longer examples reflect all kinds of transactions: adoptions, inheritance, shares, grants, purchases, sales, farming leases, formation of companies, loans, and securities. They combine well-attested Sumero-Akkadian terminology with terms otherwise unknown, reflecting local custom. Jurists underscored the unusual role played by the gods, in particular the sun god, Inæuæinak, and Iæmekarab; the importance of acting “in good health and good faith,” that is, in sound body and mind; the divine wrath in store for offenders; and such penalties as the river ordeal and corporal mutilation (Cuq, 1931 pp. 48-61). Most of these documents, which cover the greater part of the sukkalmah period, originated at Susa. The so-called “[email protected]^r texts,” of which about fifteen were part of legal archives from the early 14th century, probably originated from a site in Susiana, perhaps Haft Tepe (Stolper, pp. 279-80; pace Glassner, p. 117).Bibliography:

G. Beckman, “A Stray Tablet from Haft Tepe,” Iranica Antiqua 26, 1991, pp. 81-83.

R. Biggs and M. Stolper, “A Babylonian Omen Text from Susania,” RA 77, 1983, pp. 155-62.

E. M. Bruins and M. Rutten, Textes mathe‚matiques de Suse, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique en Iran 34, Paris, 1961.

A. Cavigneaux, “Lexikalische Listen,” RlA VI, pp. 608-41. E. Cuq, “Les actes juridiques susiens,” RA 28, 1931, pp. 49-71.

Idem “Le droit e‚lamite d’apreàs les actes juridiques de Suse,” RA 29, 1932, pp. 149-82.

G. Dossin, Autres textes sume‚riens et accadiens, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique de Perse 18, Paris, 1927.

E. Ebeling, Tod und Leben nach den Vorstellungen der Babylonier, Berlin and Leipzig, 1931, pp. 19-22.

J. Friberg, “Mathematik,” RlA VII, pp. 531-85.

J.-J. Glassner, “Les textes de Haft Tepe, la Susiane et l’Elam au 2eàme mille‚naire,” in L. de Meyer and H. Gasche, eds., Me‚sopotamie et Elam. Actes de la XXXVIeàme Rencontre assyriologique inter-nationale, Mesopotamian History and Environment, Occasional Publications 1, Ghent, 1991, pp. 109-26.

P. Herrero, “Tablettes administratives de Haft Te‚pe‚,” CDAFI 6, 1976, pp. 93-116.

Idem and J.-J. Glassner, “Haft-Te‚pe‚. Choix de textes I,” Iranica Antiqua 25, 1990, pp. 1-45.

Idem, “Haft-Te‚pe‚. Choix de lettres II,” Iranica Antiqua 26, 1991, pp. 39-83.

J. Klima, “Donationes mortis causa nach den akkadischen Urkunden aus Susa,” in R. von Kienle et al., eds., Festschrift Johannes Friedrich zum 65. Geburtstag am 27. August 1958 gewidmet, Heidelberg, 1959, pp. 229-60.

Idem, “Untersuchungen zum elamischen Erbrecht,” Archív Orienta‚lní 28, 1960, pp. 5-54.

Idem, “Le droit e‚lamite au deuxieàme mille‚naire av. n.eà et sa position envers le droit babylonien,” Archív Orienta‚lní 31, 1963, pp. 287-309.

Idem, “L’ordalie par le fleuve en Elam (d’apreàs les documents akkadiens de Suse et de Huhnur-Malamir),” RA 66, 1972, pp. 39-59.

P. Koschaker, “Göttliches und weltliches Recht nach den Urkunden aus Susa. Zugleich ein Beitrag zu ihrer Chronologie,” Orientalia, N.S. 4, 1935, pp. 38-80.

Idem, “Fratriarchat, Hausgemeinschaft und Mutterspracht in Keilschriften,” ZA 41, 1933, pp. 46-68.

Idem, “Randnotizen zu neueren keilschriftlichen Rechtsurkunden, § D,” ZA 43, 1935, pp. 221-32.

R. Labat and D. O. Edzard, Textes litte‚raires de Suse, Mie‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique en Iran 57, Paris 1974.

S. Lackenbacher and F. Malbran, “Les be‚ne‚dictions dans les lettres de Suse,” Nouvelles Assyriologiques Breàves et Utilitaires, 1994/3, 54, p. 48.

W. G. Lambert, “The Akkadianization of Susiana under the Sukkalmahs,” in L. de Meyer and H. Gasche, eds., Me‚sopotamie et Elam. Actes de ls XXXVIeàme Rencontre assyriologique internationale, Mesopotamian History and Environment, Occasional Publications I, Ghent, 1991, pp. 53-57.

F. Malbran-Labat, ed. and tr., La version akkadienne de l’inscription trilingue de Darius aà Behistun, Documenta Asiana 1, Rome, 1994.

Idem, Inscriptions royales de Suse. Briques de l’e‚poque pale‚o-e‚lamite aà l’empire ne‚o-e‚lamite, Paris, 1995. P. E. van der Meer, Textes scolaires de Suse, Memoires de la Mission Arche‚ologique de Perse 27, Paris, 1935.

L. de Meyer, L’accadien des contrats de Suse, Leiden, 1962. Idem and H. Gasche, eds., Mesopotamie et Elam. Actes de la XXXVIeàme Recontre assyriologique internationale, Mesopotamian History and Environment, Occasional Publications I, Ghent, 1991.

Idem and F. Vallat, eds., Fragmenta Historiae Elamicae. Me‚langes offerts aà M.-J. Steve, Paris, 1986.

E. Reiner, “Inscription from a Royal Elamite Tomb,” Archiv für Orientforschung 24, 1973, pp. 87-102.

M. Rutten, Les documents e‚pigraphiques de Tchogha Zembil, Me‚moires de la De‚le‚gation Arche‚ologique en Iran 32, Paris, 1953.

Idem, “Tablette no 4 (fig. 11),” in R. Ghirshman, Villages perse-ache‚me‚nide, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique en Iran 36, Paris, 1954, pp. 83-85.

E. Salonen, Untersuchungen zur Schrift und Sprache des Altbabylonischen von Susa, Stud. Or. 27, Helsinki, 1962.

V. Scheil, Textes e‚lamites-se‚mitiques, 1 se‚r., Me‚moires de la De‚le‚gation en Perse 2, Paris, 1900.

Idem, Textes e‚lamites-se‚mitiques, 2 se‚r., Me‚moires de la De‚le‚gation en Perse 4, Paris, 1902.

Idem, Textes e‚lamites-se‚mitiques, 3 se‚r., Me‚moires de la De‚le‚gation en Perse 6, Paris, 1905.

Idem, “Textes fune‚raires,” RA 13, 1916, pp. 165-74.

Idem, “Quelques particularite‚s du sume‚rien en Elam,” RA 22, 1925, pp. 45-53, 143-45, 157-62.

Idem, “Raptim,” RA 23, 1926, pp. 41-42. Idem, Inscriptions des Ache‚me‚nides aà Suse, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique en Iran 21, Paris, 1929.

Idem, Actes juridiques susiens, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique de Perse 22, Paris, 1930.

Idem, Actes juridiques susiens, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologique de Perse 23, Paris, 1932. Idem, Actes juridiques susiens. Inscriptions des Ache‚me‚nides, Memoires de la Mission Arche‚o-logique en Perse 24, Paris, 1933.

Idem, Me‚langes e‚pigraphiques, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚o-logique de Perse 28, Paris, 1939.

Idem and J.-E. Gautier, Textes e‚lamites-se‚mitiques, 4 se‚r., Memoires de la De‚le‚gation en Perse 10, Paris, 1908.

V. Scheil and L. Legrain, Textes e‚lamites-se‚mitiques, 5 se‚r., Me‚moires de la De‚le‚gation en Perse 14, Paris 1913.

M.-J. Steve, Textes e‚lamites et accadiens de Tchoga Zanbil, Me‚moires de la Mission Arche‚ologue en Iran 41, Paris, 1967.

Idem, Nouveaux me‚langes e‚pigraphiques. Inscriptions royales de Suse et de la Susiane, Me‚moires de la De‚legation Arche‚ologique en Iran 53, Nice, 1987.

Idem, H. Gasche, and L. de Meyer, “La Susiane au deuxieàme mille‚naire a. C. À propos d’une interpre‚tation des fouilles de Suse,” Iranica Antiqua 15, 1980, pp. 49-154.

M. Stolper, “[email protected]^r,” in RlA VII, pp. 279-81.

Idem, “On the Dynasty of ˆimaæki and the Early Sukkalmahs,” ZA 72, 1982, pp. 42-67.

E. Szlechter, “Le colonat partiaire aà Suse et le code de Hammurapi,” RA 55, 1961, pp. 113-34.

M. Tanret, “Fragments de tablettes pour des fragments d’histoire,” in L. de Meyer, H. Gasche, and F. Vallat, eds., Fragmenta Historiae Elamicae. Me‚langes offerts aà M.-J. Steve, Paris, 1986, pp. 139-50.

F. Vallat, “L’inscription trilingue de Xerxeàs aà la porte de Darius,” CDAFI 4, 1974a, pp. 171-80.

Idem, “Les textes cune‚iformes de la statue de Darius,” CDAFI 4, 1974b, pp. 161-70.

Idem, “Table accadienne de Darius Ier (DSaa),” in L. de Meyer, H. Gasche, and F. Vallat, eds., Fragmenta Historiae Elamicae. Melanges offerts aà M.-J. Steve, Paris, 1986, pp. 277-87.

E. N. von Voigtlander, ed. and tr., The Bisitun Inscription of Darius the Great. Babylonian Version, Corpus Inscr. Iran., pt. 1., II, London, 1978.

F. H. Weissbach, Die Keilinschriften der Achämeniden, Leipzig, 1911. R. Zadok, The Elamite Onomasticon, AIUON, Suppl. 40, Naples, 1984.