From Opulent Banquets to Drudgery: The World of Mesopotamian Musicians

Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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Free and open to the public
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The Department & Program in Near Eastern Studies
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (TRI)

Regine Pruzsinszky (PhD 2000 Vienna, Habilitation 2008 Vienna) is a Professor of Assyriology at the Institute of Archaeological Studies at the University of Freiburg. Her research interests focus on cuneiform records from the late Bronze Age, the chronology of Mesopotamia, Ancient Near Eastern onomastics, and the socio-cultural role of musicians. Next to her interest in Ancient Near Eastern Studies she has participated in a number of excavations in Austria, Greece, Syria, and Lebanon and is a member of the projects “Visual Culture and Anthropology” and “SurFace: Bild-Artefakt- Relationen” of the Institute of Archaeological Studies in Freiburg. She is the author of “Die Personennamen der Texte aus Emar” (Bethesda, 2003), and “Mesopotamian Chronology of the 2nd Millennium BCE, An Introduction to the Textual Evidence and Related Chronological Issues” (Vienna, 2009). Among other edited books and related to her Brown Bag lunch talk she has edited a volume on “Musicians and the Tradition of Literature in the Ancient Near East” (Vienna, 2010) together with Dahlia Shehata. Regine Pruzsinszky is currently a member at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study preparing her book on Musicians in the Ancient Near East.

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