However, the chromogram fails to capture other features of the Naram-Sin treaty equally relevant to the discussion: The text, found at Susa, is written in the Elamite language and "the appeal to the gods enumerates more than 35 deities who constitute almost all the deities of the Elamite pantheon" (Altman 2012: 35); yet "[t]he superb writing and the careful spelling of the Elamite [treaty] mark the tablet as a product of the royal chancellery at Akkade, and no doubt an Akkadian version is waiting to be excavated there" (Westenholz 1999: 92).
(11.) E.g., "As both the text itself and our given analysis in Vol.[sic] I and the chromogram (in Vol.[sic] II, p.
These include philological commentaries, indices of several different topics, and especially "chromograms" of the texts, which "lay out as vividly as visually possible the conceptual pageant through the centuries of the changes in format in the triple class of document studied in this work" (part 2, p.
Part 2 ends with a series of "chromograms," which are essentially outlines of the anthologized texts.
Reading out, of Document") in the chromograms of both the Hittite treaties and the covenants between Yahweh and Israel in the Pentateuch, yet not in those of the Neo-Assyrian treaties is one of several clues revealed by these visual interpretations of the texts that the original form of the covenants dates closer to the time of the Hittite treaties than to that of the Neo-Assyrian ones.
However, it is important to remember that looking at the chromograms cannot substitute for consulting the actual texts if one wishes to engage in anything more than the most superficial comparative analysis.
The chromograms also take into account only the written features of the anthologized texts when material features of those same texts can add important information, especially when the texts are written on cuneiform tablets that have a good archaeological context.
Tracing changes in the structure and content of the anthologized texts is at the heart of this narrative, and in order to do so, the authors make frequent reference to the chromograms, as illustrated by this observation on Old Babylonian treaties:
The dense array of mainly very consistent chromograms ...