Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 2012-2013

LEIDEN, July 2012. Ten years after the previous RAI in Leiden, the Rencontre 2012 turned out to be a successful revisit. Under the theme “Private and State in the Ancient Near East” we attended great lectures, met with old friends and enjoyed a warm ambiance. The only spoiler was the weather. It did rain for most of the week: Not unknown for the Netherlands but definitely overstaying its welcome. Still, we hope everyone enjoyed their visit!

On behalf of the organizing committee in Leiden: Thank you all for coming and participating!

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The Keilschriftbibliographie is online!

By Georg Neumann

The printed version of the Keilschriftbibliographie (Cuneiform Bibliography) has been published since 1940 in the journal Orientalia (since Nova Series issue 9) by the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Up to now 68 issues have been published, and the 69th is already in press. The Keilschriftbibliographie has become an essential tool for the investigation, study and teaching of Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

The former main editors were (in alphabetical order): Richard Caplice, Karlheinz Deller, Cyrus H. Gordon, Horst Klengel, Alfred Pohl and Claudio Saporetti. Since 1999 (KeiBi 57), Hans Neumann (University of Muenster) has been in charge of the bibliography. In March 2012, 72 years after the publication of the first issue, the Keilschriftbibliographie went online! Continue reading The Keilschriftbibliographie is online!

In The Spotlight: Russia

Do you sometimes have the feeling, that although you know and have met people from all over the world, you miss really understanding how they live? To broaden the international aspects of the IAA and to bring understanding among the different continents, every issue the Mār Šiprim Newsletter will pay special attention to one specific location where the Near-East is being studied. The insight will be achieved by conducting an interview with both a student and a scholar from that specific country. For our first issue we have chosen a country which, though great in size and a major contributor to knowledge, remains somewhat incomprehensible to most of us: Russia. We are guided in unravelling its mystery by Ksenia Somova, a student at St. Petersburg  and by Dr. Leonid Kogan of the Russian State Humanitarian University. Continue reading In The Spotlight: Russia