Cuneify

Cuneify is a tool to turn a transliteration (of Sumerian or Babylonian) to the corresponding cuneiform.

Select the appropriate font for the language/period and type a transliteration in the text box, then hit <enter> to convert it into cuneiform.

e.g. "Click to copy.e₂.gal {m}aš-šur-pap-a šid aš-šur-ni-šit {d}bad u {d}maš na-ra-am {d}a-nim u {d}da-gan ka-šu-uš dingir{meš} gal{meš}" (click to copy)
[From "The Epithets of Assurnasirpal II", the first reading in "Complete Babylonian", Martin Worthington, 2nd ed. 2018.]

(Click in the table below to copy transliterations or cuneiform.)

Details

You can use ASCII or unicode conventions. ('š' = 'sz'; 'ğ' = 'j', 'e₂' = 'e2', 'ṣ' = 's,', 'ṭ' = 't,' etc.) Before conversion, some characters (i.e. '<>[]') are removed and others converted into spaces (i.e. '{}*,;:()'). Transliterations are then split on space, dash and full stop. Transliterations are compared with the readings used by cuneifyplus. Unrecognized sequences should display unchanged. I attempt to preserve line breaks. You can press shift-<enter> to type a line break.

This has only been tested on Chrome browser under Linux.

Fonts

Using most browsers, the cuneiform should appear on your screen, as the fonts are embedded in the website. However, if you wish to copy-and-paste (e.g. into a Word document), you may need to install a font or another that supports the Cuneiform Unicode block in order for the characters to display correctly. To install the fonts, follow the links below.

Credit

The page was inspired by ORACC cuneify, and uses the fonts and wordlists from cuneifyplus (whose website http://cuneifyplus.arch.cam.ac.uk is currently down but I believe is available at https://cuneify.herokuapp.com/.)

This page and data structures were created, using resources mentioned in the references above. They are made available with a CC-BY 4.0 license, by Andrew Senior. Please do cite this page if you use it.

This page derives from my original Anatolian / Luwian Hieroglpyhics converter page.

Corrections, suggestions and feature-requests are welcome (email below).

Email: andrew[at]andrewsenior.com