Online Lecture Series "Mesopotamia vs Greater Mesopotamia: literature, history and linguistics"

06. 10. 2023 - 24. 11. 2023

The International Association for Archaeological Research in Western and Central Asia (ARWA) Online Lecture Series – Philology and History Liaison Group


Mesopotamia vs Greater Mesopotamia: literature, history and linguistics


When: every Friday at 6:00 pm CET from October 6th to November 24th

Where: on Zoom

Organizers: Franco D’Agostino (Sapienza, University of Rome), and Sergio Alivernini (Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague).


How to Join

Online Streaming on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 913 5793 7266

Passcode: 850203


In the mid-3rd millennium BCE an essential phenomenon can be identified, represented by a spread of cuneiform writing from its Mesopotamian homeland to different regions of ancient Near East (or Western Asia), and the use of cuneiform writing will last from the third millennium till the first years of the Common Era. This vast geographical area, often defined “Greater Mesopotamia” to highlight the influence of the “land between the rivers,” includes Iran, Syria and the Levant, and Anatolia. This series of lectures seeks to investigate the textual approaches applied to the study of ancient Near East covering different geographical areas and periods. With the participation of different scholars, these lectures will show different approaches to the written documentation to reconstruct Western Asia culture and history. 

According to Arwa’s goals, these online lectures will create a space to promote cooperation between historians, philologists, archaeologists, and all researchers investigating the past. Moreover, in order to promote the study of the ancient Near East also with the broader public at large, all the lectures will be made available on the ARWA’s YouTube account.




October 6th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Angela Greco (Sapienza, University of Rome - Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Project AZ 36/F/19)

Grazing in the surroundings. Evidence of local pastoralism in Ur III Girsu


October 13th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Gian Pietro Basello (University of Naples L’Orientale)

Adaptation and Invention: The reception of cuneiform writing in Elam 


October 20th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

James Burgin (University of Würzburg)

Gods, Grain, and Gold:  Building a Power Base on the Anatolia Plateau


October 27th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Marwan Kilani (University of Basel)

Talk like an Egyptian (or not): a sociolinguistic investigation of Egyptian borrowings in the Late Bronze Age Levant


November 3rd, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Katrien De Graef (Ghent University)

Perfect Strangers. Babylonians and Elamites at the Crossroads of Language and Writing in the Sukkalmah Period


November 10th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Anne-Caroline Rendu Loisel (University of Strasbourg)

The Scent of the Gods. Senses, Emotions and the Otherness in Cuneiform Sources


November 17th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Federico Giusfredi (University of Verona) and Valerio Pisaniello (The Chieti-Pescara University “Gabriele d’Annunzio”)

Die acht Sprachen der Boghazköi-Inschriften a little more than a century after.


November 24th, 2023 – 18.00 CET

Jana Mynářová (Charles University)

Writing on the Edge. Cuneiform Tradition in the Western Peripheris