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von Dassow
University of Minnesota
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Ancient Near East, cuneiform studies, Assyriology, ancient history
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About Me

I am a historian of the ancient Near East, with ongoing research interests in early state formation, the nature of citizenship in ancient states, and participatory governance both in antiquity and in the present.  In my line of work it is necessary to learn the languages of one’s primary sources, so I have studied about a dozen extinct languages, as well as some living ones.  I have been teaching and doing research in my field for more than two decades.

Recent Publications

Here is a sample of articles published recently:

Figure and Ground: Reading Ancient Near Eastern Sources.  Pp. 818-38 in The Adventure of the Illustrious Scholar: Papers Presented to Oscar White Muscarella, ed. Elizabeth Simpson.  Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Destroyers of Civilization: Daesh and the 21st-Century University.  Die Zukunft der Altorientalistik – The Future of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, ed. Sabina Franke.  Altorientalische Forschungen 43/1-2 (2016): 161-67.

Treaty, Law and Bible in Literalist Theory.  Article reviewing Treaty, Law and Covenant in the Ancient Near East (3 volumes) by Kenneth A. Kitchen and Paul J. N. Lawrence (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012).  Ancient Near Eastern Studies 53 (2016): 287-98.

Awīlum and Muškēnum in the Age of Hammurabi.  Pp. 291-308 in La famille dans le Proche-Orient ancien: réalités, symbolismes, et images (Proceedings of the 55th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Paris, 6-9 July 2009), ed. Lionel Marti.  Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014.

Levantine Polities under Mittanian Hegemony.  Pp. 11-32 in Constituent, Confederate, and Conquered Space: The Emergence of the Mittani State, ed. Nicole Brisch, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum, and Jesper Eidem.  Topoi: Berlin Studies of the Ancient World, vol. 17.  Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014.

Piecing Together the Song of Release.  Journal of Cuneiform Studies 65: 127-62.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, Mittani, Hatti
Expertise by Geography
Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Economic History, Government, Libraries & Archives, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery