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“cdli tablet” is an iPad app focusing on the cultural heritage of ancient Mesopotamia by combining text and images of ancient Mesopotamia that span 3500 years of human activity and describe the roots of trade, mathematics, and astronomy in ancient times, that follow the application of lex talionis by Hammurapi, and that bring to life the exploits of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. The app combines images and short descriptions of the historical relevance of selected texts, dealing with these and other significant developments in the history of mankind, that have been prepared by specialists who have dedicated their professional lives to the study of ancient Mesopotamia.

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The app will appeal to learning communities of all ages and levels of interest, introducing them to a variety of chosen themes in cuneiform studies and in the digital preservation and world-wide dissemination of the shared cultural heritage of ancient Mesopotamia. By opening lines of communication to the heritage of pre-scientific civilizations dead many millennia, we believe that modern culture achieves a deeper appreciation and understanding of its own roots. “cdli tablet” is sponsored by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (http://cdli.ucla.edu) based at UCLA’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and developed by Sai Deep Tetali, graduate student at UCLA Computer Science.

What’s New

Version 1.5

Updated for iOS 7

Smoother animations

Ratings and Reviews

Jabbadah ,

Attractive Ancient Artifacts

Absolutely stunning app with lots of great links.

The commentary is general for each artifact, yet touches the human level. You don't have to be an archaeologists to feel a connection to the ancient creators of these fascinating and (if not for being fragile) touchable records of sophisticated lives in the low-tech lane.

The photographs are very high-def.

If you have a fascination for the culture and art of the ancient near east, for the first great mathematicians of human civilization, who brought us Algebra, (5000 years ago), the first written languages, and built the foundations of our world's civilizations squarely upon their savvy as merchants and masters of commerce, then you will go ga-ga for this app.

More. More! I want moooooore! Say, how about the complete known Akkadian Lexicon? Copy and paste whole Akkadian words, in roughly correct syntax? I want one of those.

Thank you so much. If you have a paid version, I'm gonna' buy one.

PMcCray ,

Finally! A tablet app for the tablet!

The images are unbelievably clear and the information provided is excellent and concise. Overall the simplicity of the app and the high quality of the images used gives for a great feel and the daily updates are a fun treat to look forward to each day.

D. E. ,


It is almost surreal to me is that I can hold the first writings of civilization in my hand, in this simple elegant interface. From tablet to tablet, how far we have come. Wow.


University of California, Los Angeles
5.9 MB
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative


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