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    Lehrstuhl für Altorientalistik

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    Troels Arbøll
    Magical and Medical Healing: Contextualizing Traditions of Magical and Medical Knowledge in Ancient Near Eastern Libraries

    University of Copenhagen
    Erstbetreuerin: Prof. Dr. Nicole Brisch (University of Copenhagen); Betreuer Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer (extern)

    Geraldina Rozzi
    The Development of Akkadian hymns in 2nd and early 1st millennium Mesopotamia: Literary form, language and style, intellectual context (Arbeitstitel)
    Universität Ca' Foscari Venedig und Universität Würzburg
    Betreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer und Prof. Dr. L. Milano

    This research project focuses on a group of first-millennium Akkadian literary hymns celebrating deities, which stand out in the corpus of Akkadian literary texts in terms of poetic form and content. They share various features, the first and most evident of which is their great length of uniformly 200 lines.Sharing precisely the same number of lines can hardly be a coincidence and indicates that these compositions were understood as belonging to a common genre and may have formed a specific body of texts. Moreover, they are characterized by an abundant use of rhetorical figures, and also their literary structure shows a number of significant similarities. In addition to these elements, the hymns share the absence of any explicit cultic context and, indeed, of any indications about their use, function or social setting. Their literary style may suggest that these hymns had a purely literary purpose, and may never have been used as texts for recitation in religious practice. This project aims to offer new editions of some of the best preserved Akkadian Great Hymns, and to complete a comprehensive study of the corpus as a whole. It will also analyze the substantial and formal features of the hymns and investigate the parallels with different texts, in order to better clarify the Sitz im Leben of these poems.

    Avigail Wagschal
    Aggressive Magic in Mesopotamia: Between Legitimate and Illegitimate Magic (Arbeitstitel)
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    This project aims to complete a comprehensive study of aggressive magic in Mesopotamia from the third to the first millennium BCE. Aggressive magic can be defined as the use of rituals and incantations for the purpose of gaining advantage or control over an opponent or another person. The research will take an inductive approach and will be based on the study of primary sources written in Sumerian and Akkadian. It will combine both synchronic and diachronic perspectives and will examine the changes and the development throughout the millennia of rituals and incantations intended to influence humans. It will also evaluate the place of aggressive magic in the Mesopotamian magic system – between legitimate magic, carried out by the incantation priest, and illegitimate/illegal magic performed by the witch.

    Fabio Bastici
    Die hurritische Kulttradition in Ḫattuša. Untersuchungen zu den hurro-hethitischen Festritualen (Arbeitstitel)
    Erstbetreuer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schwemer

    Ziel des Promotionsvorhabens ist eine systematische, philologische und religionsgeschichtliche Studie zu jener Gruppe von hethitischen Festrituale, die Elemente hurritischer Prägung enthalten und daher als „hurro-hethitisch“ bezeichnet werden können. Auf Basis eines kritischen Katalogs der relevanten Texte werden gemeinsame Charakteristika dieser Festrituale (Panthea, typische Protagonisten, Struktur und Bedeutung der Ritualhandlungen) identifiziert und dargestellt. Ebenfalls behandelt werden Fragestellungen wie die Überlieferungsgeschichte der hurro-hethitischen Festrituale, die Einbettung von Teilen der hurro-hethitischen Festritualtradition in andere, größere Festritualzusammenhänge (z. B. das Frühjahrsfest), und die Rolle der hurritisch geprägten Festritualtradition im vom Königshaus betreuten Kultwesen. Daneben wird eine neue philologische Untersuchung der hurritischsprachigen Ausdrücke in dieser Textgruppe erarbeitet.

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