A Companion to Assyria,
A Companion to Assyria is a collection of original essays on ancient Assyria written by key international scholars. These new scholarly contributions have substantially reshaped contemporary understanding of society and life in this ancient civilization.
- The only detailed up-to-date introduction providing a scholarly overview of ancient Assyria in English within the last fifty years
- Original essays written and edited by a team of respected Assyriology scholars from around the world
- An in-depth exploration of Assyrian society and life, including the latest thought on cities, art, religion, literature, economy, and technology, and political and military history
Eckart Frahm is Professor of Assyriology at Yale University, USA. His primary scholarly interest is the political and intellectual history of Assyria and Babylonia during the first millennium BCE. Frahm is the author of five books: Einleitung in die Sanherib-Inschriften (1997), Historische und historisch-literarische Texte aus Assur (2009), Neo-Babylonian Letters and Contracts from the Eanna Archive (co-authored with Michael Jursa, 2011), Babylonian and Assyrian Text Commentaries: Origins of Interpretation (2011), and Geschichte des alten Mesopotamien (2013). Together with Enrique Jiménez and Mary Frazer, he is currently working on a project to publish a large number of Mesopotamian commentaries both in print and online.
A Companion to Assyria,
Notes on Contributors
Ariel M. Bagg is private lecturer at the Assyriological Institute of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Germany) and member of the Centre François Viète d'épistémologie et d'histoire des sciences et des techniques (Brest/Nantes, France). He is an Assyriologist and Civil Engineer specializing in ancient Near Eastern history of technology and historical geography of the first millennium. His publications include Assyrische Wasserbauten (2000), Die Orts- und Gewässernamen der neuassyrischen Zeit. Teil 1: Die Levante (2007), and Die Assyrer und das Westland (2011).
Paul-Alain Beaulieu received his PhD in Assyriology from Yale University in 1985 and held various research and teaching positions at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Notre Dame before joining the faculty of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in the University of Toronto in 2006. He has published extensively on the history and culture of Mesopotamia in the first millennium BCE, notably The Reign of Nabonidus, King of Babylon (556-539 BC) (1989) and The Pantheon of Uruk During the Neo-Babylonian Period (2003).
Aaron Michael Butts (PhD University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America. His research focuses on the history, languages, and literature of Christianity in the Near East, including Arabic, Ethiopic, and especially Syriac Christianity. He is author of Language Change in the Wake of Empire: Syriac in its Greco-Roman Context (2016) and a co-editor of the Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (2011).
Greta Van Buylaere (PhD Udine 2009) studied Assyriology in Leuven, Heidelberg, Helsinki, and Udine. At present, she is a researcher in the project "Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals" directed by Daniel Schwemer at the University of Würzburg. She is interested in Assyrian and Babylonian literacy, and the political and intellectual history of first millennium BCE Mesopotamia in general.
Stephanie Dalley is an Assyriologist who taught Akkadian for thirty years at Oxford University, and has published Assyrian cuneiform tablets from Nimrud, Nineveh, Tell al-Rimah, Til Barsip, as well as Babylonian texts from Sippar and of the First Sealand Dynasty; also translations of the main myths and epics, Myths from Mesopotamia (1989), an analysis of the Assyrian background to the Hebrew Book of Esther, Esther's Revenge at Susa (2007), and The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon: An Elusive World Wonder Traced (2013).
Frederick Mario Fales, born in Baltimore in 1946, has been Full Professor of ancient Near Eastern History at the University of Udine (Italy) since 1994. His main scholarly interests concern Mesopotamia in the Neo-Assyrian period (10th-7th centuries BCE) and range from historical studies to editions of Assyrian and Aramaic texts. He has undertaken, and sometimes directed, archaeological activities in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iraqi Kurdistan. He founded an international journal on Neo-Assyrian studies, the State Archives of Assyria Bulletin, and the monographic series History of the Ancient Near East (SARGON: Padua). His publications include twelve monographs, seven edited volumes, and some 170 articles. For bibliography up to 2011 see https://uniud.academia.edu/MarioFales.
Jeanette C. Fincke (PhD Würzburg: 1999; habilitation Heidelberg: 2006) has been conducting research on the British Museum's collection of Nineveh texts for its Ashurbanipal Library Project in the past years, concentrating on divinatory texts and tablets written in the Babylonian ductus. Her work resulted in producing new databases (see www.fincke-cuneifo