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    Eileen Xing


    Studies on Hittite Springs and Spring Deities (Arbeitstitel)
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    The polytheistic civilization of the Hittites, who ruled from what is now modern-day central Turkey, prided themselves on being a "land of a thousand gods". Like many other mythologies, these gods and goddesses were by and large grounded in natural phenomena, from the celestial (the sun and stars), to the meteorological (the weather), to the geographical. As the third group of deities are modelled after physical landmarks such as springs and mountains, many of which are still present in some form in modern-day Turkey today, this project therefore aims to compile a corpus of texts related to the natural environment as deified in the Hittite texts before examining the relationship of the deities to the physical world as well as the surrounding state cult of the Hittites.

    Timothy Leonard
    Ištar in Hatti: The Disambiguation of Šawuška and Associated Deities in Hittite Scribal Practice (Arbeitstitel)
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Gary Beckman; Mitglied des supervisory committee: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer
    2021–22: DAAD doctoral fellow at the University of Würzburg.

    Evelyne Koubková
    The Ritual Means of Empowerment of the Mesopotamian Exorcist
    Yale University
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Eckart Frahm; Mitglied des dissertation committee: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    The goal of this project is to examine the ways in which the Mesopotamian ritual specialist known as the āšipu (a term often translated as “exorcist”) constructed his identity and authority in and through ritual performance. The project focuses on the āšipu’s self-purification and self-protection, his special attire and attributes, and the forms of his ritual speech. The project draws mainly on ritual texts related to the āšipu from the first millennium BCE. Analyzing the construction of the image of the ideal āšipu will lead to a better understanding of his position as a religious professional within the context of other Mesopotamian experts, and facilitate comparison with religious practitioners in other cultures.

    Ege Dağbaşı
    tbc (Arbeitstitel)
    Doktorand der Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe The Hittite Annals: Origins, Purpose, and Afterlife.
    Erstbetreuer: Dr. James Burgin; Mitglied des Mentorats: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    Henry Lewis
    All the Gods Went Before Me: Hittite Historiography and its Mesopotamian Forerunners (Arbeitstitel)
    Doktorand der Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsforschungsgruppe The Hittite Annals: Origins, Purpose, and Afterlife.
    Erstbetreuer: Dr. James Burgin; Mitglied des Mentorats: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    Our research questions focus on four text groups: (A) the Hittite Sargonid legends; (B) the Mesopotamian Sargonid legends; (C) Hittite historiography; and (D) Syro-Mesopotamian historiography. The following three research questions will be discussed in the course of the dissertation: (1) to what extent the Hittite/Akkadian version of Sargon, King of Battle, and the later Hittite version of Narām-Sînin Asia Minor shared in ‘literary elements’ with the same or similar Sargonid legends from Mesopotamia (A and B); (2) the influence of the Hittite Sargonid legends on later Hittite historiography (A and C) and Mesopotamian Sargonid legends on Syro-Mesopotamian historiography (B) and D). From research questions (1) and (2), we then hope to generate a concordance of literary elements between all four text groups, resulting in: (3) comparing and contrasting the frequency of these elements in the Hittite and Syro-Mesopotamian spheres (C and D). Our proposed dissertation will make extensive use of literary theory, specifically intertextuality, and will include a new edition of Sargon, King of Battle (CTH 310) and Narām-Sîn in Asia Minor (CTH 311).

    Beril Özbaş
    Hittite Festivals and Society: Festivals as Manifestations and Expressions of Society (Arbeitstitel)
    Doktorandin des Akademie-Vorhabens Das Corpus der hethitischen Festrituale: staatliche Verwaltung des Kultwesens im spätbronzezeitlichen Anatolien.
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer; Mitglied des Mentorats: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Rieken

    Maya Rinderer
    Universität Wien
    Analogism, Poeticity, and Performativity in Ancient Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals
    Doktorandin des ERC-Vorhabens Repetition, Parallelism and Creativity: An Inquiry into the Construction of Meaning in Ancient Mesopotamian Literature and Erudition (Universität Wien).
    Erstbetreuerin: Prof. Dr. Nicla De Zorzi (Universität Wien); externe Mitbetreuung: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    Enrica Inversi
    Children’s Toys in Mesopotamia: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Miniature Objects from the Early Dynastic to the Middle Babylonian Period

    Erstbetreuerin: JProf. Dr. Elisa Roßberger; Mitglieder des Mentorat: Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Verderame; Dr. Agnès Garcia-Ventura

    Silvana Hunger
    Funktionale Raumanalyse anhand von Fundverteilungsmustern in Siedlungen am Beispiel von Sirkeli Höyük (Kilikien) / Spatial analysis based on find distribution patterns in settlements: The example of Sirkeli Höyük (Cilicia)
    Universität Bern
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Mirko Novák; Zweitbetreuerin: JProf. Dr. Elisa Roßberger

    Bei Ausgrabungen werden heutzutage immer mehr Daten digital erfasst und gespeichert. Digitale Methoden, wie Cluster Analysen oder Netzwerkanalysen bieten einen zusätzlichen Weg diese Daten zu bearbeiten und neue Resultate zu liefern. Diese Dissertation soll einen Beitrag dazu leisten, digitale Methoden zu untersuchen, anzuwenden und zu beurteilen. Kern der Untersuchung ist die Aufarbeitung und Auswertung von Grabungsdaten mithilfe digitaler Technologien am Beispiel von Kleinfunden des Sirkeli Höyük, Türkei.