Sergio Alivernini, Ph.D.

  • Mesopotamian Mathematics
  • Mesopotamian History
  • Administration of Third Dynasty of Ur

2010  PhD in Philological and Literary Studies about Ancient Near East and pre-Islamic Iran, "Sapienza" University of Rome

          Thesis: The mar-sa in the Administrative Texts of III Dynasty of Ur.

2005  MA in Humanities with specialization in Assyriology, "Sapienza" University of Rome.

  • Oct 2016 – now  Research Fellow at the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Jul 2014 – Sep 2016  Postdoctoral Fellow at Faculty of Arts and Humanities - "Sapienza" University of Rome
  • Jan 2013 – Oct 2013  Visiting Scholar at Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients - Ruprecht-Karls-Universität-Heidelberg
International Collaboration
  • Jan 2018 –     Co-investigator (regional group "Mesopotamia") of the project "Economic Complexity in the Ancient Near East. Management of Resources and Taxation in the 3rd and 2nd Millennium BC", financed by Czech Science Foundation. Principal Investigator: Prof. Jana Mynářová
  • Oct 2011 –     member (epigrapher) of the archaeological expedition in Abu Tubairah (Province of Dhi Qar, Southern Iraq) directed by Abdulamir al-Hamdani (State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) and Franco D'Agostino ("Sapienza" University of Rome).
  • 2006 – 2012  catalogue and edition of the Ur III Period unpublished texts from Umma and Girsu in the British Museum - British Museum / "Sapienza" University of Rome / University of Messina.
Invited Talks, Seminars
  • May 30th-31st, 2013.  Mesopotamian Account System in the III Millennium: the Use of Mathematics in the Administration, Numerical System and Measurements, in HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS FROM BABYLON TO GÖTTINGEN (Seminar organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing - Ruprecht-Karls-Universität-Heidelberg). Heidelberg - Germany.
  • Nov 15th, 2012.  The Shipyards of Ĝirsu and Umma during Third Dynasty of Ur: Documentation and Administration, in RICERCHE SUI DOCUMENTI ECONOMICI A CAVALLO DELLA FINE DEL III MILLENNIO (Seminar organized by the Chair of Assyriology of "Sapienza" University of Rome). Rome - Italy.
  • May 11th, 2012.  The Mathematical Knowledge during the III Dynasty of Ur in the Light of Land Surveying Texts, in LAND REGISTERS AND SURVEYORS, MEASURING LENGHTS AND AREAS (Seminar organized in the frame of project SAW - MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES IN THE ANCIENT WORLD - 
New Theoretical Approaches to the Sources 
and Socio-Political Issues of the Present Day). Paris - France.
  • Mar 3rd-5th, 2010.  Toward a Knowledge Based Approach to the Sumerian Culture, in III INCONTRO DI FILOGIA DIGITALE (Seminar organized by the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Verona). Verona - Italy.
Conference Presentations
  • May 6th-7th, 2019. Management of Resources and Taxation in an Early Mesopotamia Empire: the Case of the Third Dynasty of Ur in ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST. MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES AND TAXATION IN THE 3rd and 2nd MILLENNIUM BC. (International workshop organized by the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University in Prague). Prague – Czech Republic.
  • July 16th-20th, 2018. The management of earthmoving linked to hydraulic works in Southern Mesopotamia at the end of 3rd millennium BCE, in “64th RENCONTRE ASSYRIOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE”. Innsbruck - Austria
  • Apr 26th-28th, 2017. Management and Use of Water Resources in Mesopotamia at the end of III Millennium,in ORIENTALIA ANTIQUA NOVA XVII. (Conference organized by University of West Bohemia). Plzeň – Czech Republic.
  • Jun 8th-11th, 2011. Arma, Stratega e Fido Consigliere: Šarur nella Tradizione Letteraria Mesopotamica, in MONSTRA - COSTRUZIONE E PERCEZIONE DELLE ENTITÁ IBRIDE E MOSTRUOSE NEL MEDITERRANEO ANTICO. Velletri (RM) - Italy
  • Jul 22nd-24th, 2010. The Management of an Administrative Structure in Ur III Mesopotamia: the Case of "mar-sa", in FROM THE 21st CENTURY BC TO 21st CENTURY AD: THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF NEO-SUMERIAN STUDIES. Madrid - Spain.
Grants, Scholarship, Fellowship
  • Jul 2015 - Jun 2016  Postdoctoral fellowship from Gerda Henkel Foundation at "Sapienza" University of Rome.
  • Jan 2013 - Oct 2013 Postdoctoral scholarship from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - German Academic Exchange Service) at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität-Heidelberg.
  • Jan 2007 - Jul 2007  Research fellowship from "Sapienza" University of Rome to study at CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas - Spanish National Research Council) in Madrid.