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Conference 100 Years of Assyriology in Leiden

Friday 13 December 2019
Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden

Leiden University appointed its first Professor of Assyriology in 1918. In 2018–2019 we mark our centenary with several events. This conference concludes our year of festivities. Five international scholars reflect on the state of the field — past, present, and future — by engaging with the topics of the inaugural lectures of Leiden’s five Professors of Assyriology. The conference is opened by Klaas Veenhof.

We wish to acknowledge the generous financial support of LUF (Leids Universiteits Fonds), NINO (Netherlands Institute for the Near East)  and LIAS (Leiden Institute for Area Studies).

Preliminary program

10:00-10:30  coffee and welcome
10:30-11:00 Klaas Veenhof (Leiden) — 100 Years of Assyriology in Leiden

Dominique Charpin (Collège de France) — Kingship

G.J. Thierry was appointed as ordinarius in 1918. In his inaugural lecture he presented a comparative study of kingship in Lagash and in the Old Testament.

11:45-12:15 coffee or tea

Beate Pongratz-Leisten (NYU, ISAW) — New Year Rituals

F.M.Th. Böhl was appointed in 1927 after Thierry accepted a professorship in Hebrew and Aramaic. His inaugural lecture was on the New Year festival and “king’s day”.

13:00-14:00 lunch break

Stefan Maul (Heidelberg) — Continuity and Change

F.R. Kraus succeeded Böhl in 1953. His inaugural lecture was entitled “Wandel und Kontinuität in der sumerisch-babylonischen Kultur”.


Mogens T. Larsen (Kopenhagen) — Cuneiform Archives

In 1982, K.R. Veenhof presented his inaugural lecture on the topic of cuneiform archives (“Spijkerschriftarchieven”). The 30th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, held in Leiden in 1983, had the same theme.

15:30-16:00 coffee or tea

Yoram Cohen (Tel Aviv University) — Peripheral Akkadian

W.H. van Soldt’s inaugural lecture, delivered in 2004, concerned the spread of Babylonian culture in the late Bronze Age. 

Registration opens on 16 November; please write to c.waerzeggers@hum.leidenuniv.nl for information.

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