The brevity of the Chrestomathy may appear strange. My larger dictionary, which is also of the nature of a con- cordance, will be continued without interruption and with renewed energy.

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- DEDICATED AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT AND INDEBTEDNESS TO MY FRIEND PAUL HAUPT. The present work is intended to be of use not only to Assyriologists but to Semitic scholars generally, by presenting them, in as brief compass as possible, with a summary of the latest results of research in the department of Assyrian grammar.

Brief summary of the contents of cuneiform literature 8 The Written Character ( 6-25).

Invention of Wedge- writing (the ' Sumerian' question) 61 TABLE OF CONTENTS.

I am well aware of the many defects incidental to this first essay but I intend to continue with un- wearied diligence the investigation of such problems as have not yet been satisfactorily solved among which I partially include the discussion in 12 14. The delay has "been caused by the demands of my own work during the winter.

I have accordingly selected only a couple of historical texts, an easier and a more difficult one, furnishing these, however, with footnotes and a glossary in such a way that they will, I trust, afford the student his first lesson in the reading and interpretation of Assyrian, and introduce him to the use of this grammar. It was the intention of the publishers that this English edition should appear almost simultaneously with the original.

For acquiring familiarity with Assyrian literature, even as represented by the so-called historical texts, and with the monuments of the Old and New Baby- lonian empires, not to speak of the so-called Sumerian texts, it is indispensable to have a much more com- prehensive table of characters on the one hand, and on the other, a more extended cbrestomathy such as my "Assyrische Lesestiicke". possible to recommend simply the first or fifth vol- ume of Rawlinson's "Inscriptions of Western Asia", supposing, that is, that one or other of these volumes will again be obtainable. But even had I extended it to many times the size, it would still have been practically useless. ASSYRIAN GRAMMAR BY FRIEDEICH DELITZSCHPORTA LINGUARUM ORIENTALIUM INCHOAVIT J. ELEMENTA LINGUARUM HEBEAICAE, PHOENICIAE, BIBLICO-AEAMAICAE, TAEGUMICAE, SAMAEITANAE, SYEIACAE, AEABICAE, AETHIOPICAE, ASSYEIACAE, AEGYPTIACAE, COPTICAE, AEMENIACAE, PEESICAE, TUECICAE, ALIAEUM STUDIIS ACADEMICIS ACCOMMODAVERUNT J. ASSYBIANGRAMMAR WITH PARADIGMS EXERCISES GLOSSARY AND BIBLIOGRAPHY BY FRIEDRICH DELITZSCH. It shall be my earnest endeavour to bring this manual abreast of the newest results of Semitic philology in general and of Assyriology in particular, and to main- tain it thenceforth in that position. I shall consider myself amply rewarded for my labour of love in translating and editing Professor Delitzsch's book, if in its English dress, it should prove a boon to the aspiring student in this country and America to whom the German original is a sealed volume.