The winner of the IAA Prize 2015 is Enrique Jiménez with his article ‘New Fragments of Gilgameš and other Literary Texts from Kuyunjik’, published in Iraq 76 (2014). Dr. Jiménez: “The article presents the highlights of a quest for new pieces of Babylonian literature that started some years ago, using the British Museum’s catalogue.
The pieces published in the article include three small fragments of the Epic of Gilgameš and one or two fragments of the Babylonian poem known as the Theodicy. They also include a new fragment that restores part of a text describing the requirements for becoming a diviner in ancient Mesopotamia, some sort of checklist for the “subtleties of divination,” as the text puts it.”
In response to receiving the IAA Prize, Jiménez replied: “The IAA Prize is a great initiative to support young Assyriologists who just finished their PhD, and who are probably at the most unstable point of their careers. I would definitely encourage other young researchers to apply!”
The article can be downloaded at the website of Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Jiménez has studied Classics and Hebrew in Madrid, after which he went on to study Assyriology all over the world: from Madrid to New Haven and Heidelberg. He received his PhD in 2013 at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and Ancient Near East (ILC), which is part of the Spanish National Research Center (CSIS). Jiménez is specialized in Babylonian Literature of the 1st millennium BC and wrote his dissertation in 2013 at the Complutence University of Madrid: “The Image of the Winds in Babylonian Literature” is a study on the adaptation of motifs of wind throughout different periods, and is being prepared for publication.
Currently, Jiménez is associated as a post-doctoral researcher with the ‘Cuneiform Commentaries Corpus Project’ at Yale University http://ccp.yale.edu. In addition to his work with the Project, he is working on a short monograph on Babylonian Disputation Poems. He also organizes an advanced reading group of cuneiform texts, called the “Yale Cuneiforum” in the Yale Babylonian Collection on alternate weeks. Jiménez has received support for his research from both the Spanish National Research Counsil (CSIC) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD).