Archibald Sayce on the Decipherment of the Hittite Hieroglyphic Texts

Archibald Sayce [1845-1933]Archibald Sayce [1845-1933] was Professor of Assyriology at Oxford University for 28 years. I recently came across offprints of four of his articles from the Royal Asiatic Journal and am pleased to be able to make them available here. They are all in the public domain.

Articles from the Royal Asiatic Journal

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], “The Origin of the Hebrew Alphabet,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society No. 3 (July 1920): 297-303.

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], “Geographical Notes,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society No. 1 (Jan. 1921): 47-55.

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], “The Discipherment of the Hittite Hieroglyphic Texts,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society No. 4 (Oct. 1922): 537-572.

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], “The Libraries of David and Solomon,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society No. 4 (Oct. 1931): 783-790.

I am developing an on-line bibliography of Archibald Sayce’s works on this page, where you find links more of his books and articles.

The Discipherment of the Hittite Hieroglyphic Texts

There are the same recognized rules for the decipherment of an unknown script as there are for that of an ordinary cipher, and if they can be followed the script can be deciphered with as much ease as the cipher. Sometimes they cannot be followed, sufficient materials being absent; in this case, all we can do is to wait patiently until the materials are forthcoming

At one time this was the case with the so-called Hittite hieroglyphic texts. But it has long ceased to be so. The materials for a scientific decipherment of them have been gradually accumulating, and verification has gone hand in hand with the determination of the value and meaning of the characters. We are no longer dependent upon a few fragmentary inscriptions, too often in so imperfect a condition as to make the forms of the characters upon them more or less uncertain. [Continue reading]

Sayce’s Archaeology & the Cuneiform Inscriptions

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], The Archaeology of the Cuneiform Inscriptions

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], The Archaeology of the Cuneiform Inscriptions
Reverse of a Tablet in the Hittite Language from Boghaz Keui [frontispiece]
The following book by noted archaeologist Archibald H. Sayce is now available for free download in PDF:

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], The Archaeology of the Cuneiform Inscriptions, 2nd edn. London: Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, 1908. Hbk. pp.220. Download Complete book [4.22MB]

The book contains many excellent illustrations, which I have made available at various resolutions.

Contents

Preface

1. The Decipherment of the Cuneiform Inscriptions

2. The Archaeological Materials; The Excavations at Susa and the Origin of Bronze

3. The Sumerians

4. The Relation of Babylonian to Egyptian Civilisation

5. Babylonia and Palestine

6. Asia Minor

7. Canaan in the Century Before the Exodus

Index

Sayce’s Higher Criticism & the Monuments

Archibald Sayce [1845-1933] made significant contributions in the field of Biblical Archaeology, not least for his pioneering work on the Empire of the Hittites. Many of his books are still being reprinted today, which is probably as good an endorsement of their enduring value as you can get. Sayce also contributed a biblical archaeology column in the Expository Times which I am  in the process of scanning.

Archibald Sayce’s The ‘Higher Criticism’ and the Verdict of the Monuments

This title is now available for free download in PDF:

Archibald Henry Sayce [1846-1933], The ‘Higher Criticism’ and the Verdict of the Monuments. London: SPCK / New York: E. & J.B. Young & Co., 1894. Hbk. pp.575.

I will be digitising more of Sayce’s titles as hard copies become available to me. I am also in the process of compiling a bibliography of his extensive works.