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Wither Sapanu?

March 9, 2011

Ba'lu looking for his home on the net

Today I was reading a section of the Ugaritic tale of Kirtu (CAT 1.14-16) on the train and wondered how often and where a certain word occurred. I decided to look it up on Sapanu, since I did not have at hand my copy of del Olmo Lete and Sanmartín’s Dictionary of the Ugaritic Language in the Alphabetic Tradition. (I keep it in a lock box, along with my other precious commodities, such as gold bullion, family heirlooms and of course other Brill volumes.)  However, the ABZU link did not work, and even some reverse engineering did not lead me to any usable information.

I’ve had problems connecting to Sapanu before but didn’t really have the time to find out what happened to them. The Banco de Datos Filológicos Semíticos Noroccidentales used to contain a searchable datebase complete with likely reconstructions of texts. It was clunky, buggy and used a unique and problematic font, but it was the best we had. Does anyone know what happened to it?

I suspect that the publication of A Concordance of Ugaritic Words and The Texts of the Ugaritic Data Bank by Jesús Luis Cunchillos might have something to do with the site being left fallow, but I could be wrong.

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One Comment
  1. March 10, 2011 1:58 pm

    BTW folks “wither” (as opposed to “whither”) is intentional.

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