ANAMED Talks – Sippar in Istanbul

Date: 16 December 2021
Time: 18:30 (Türkiye local time, GMT+3)
For this month’s talk, ANAMED invited Ancient Languages of Anatolia Summer Program instructors and former ANAMED fellows N. İlgi Gerçek and Selim F. Adalı. Moderated by Piotr Michalowski their talk will focus on the İstanbul Sippar Project, which aims to catalogue, digitize, and publish the the cuneiform documents from the Sippar and El-Muhattap collections housed in the İstanbul Archaeology Museums. Following a brief introduction to ancient Sippar (modern Abu Habbah, Iraq), they will discuss the formation of the Sippar collections and the history of Assyriology in late Ottoman and early republican Türkiye. They will then share the latest results of their ongoing project.

This online talk will be held in English. Please register this event in advance from here.



İlgi Gerçek is a faculty member at the Department of Archaeology, Bilkent University. She holds a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from Bilkent University, and obtained her MA and PhD in Hittite and Mesopotamian Studies from the University of Michigan. Her professional affiliations include a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Copenhagen, as well as research and teaching positions at ANAMED (Koç University) and the Istanbul University Department of Hittitology. She is interested in the social and political history of Anatolia in the Late Bronze Age and has written on imperialism, frontiers, identity, and mobility in Hittite Anatolia.

Selim F. Adalı is faculty member at the Social Sciences University of Ankara, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of History. He holds a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Sydney (2009), and has taught Akkadian, Sumerian and Hittite at Bilkent University between 2009–2015. He was a Senior Fellow at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations between 2013-2014. He conducts research in the role of climatic change in the Late-Assyrian period, Assyrian and Babylonian literature and omen texts, as well as the role of the Scythians and the Cimmerians in the ancient Near East. His PhD dissertation was published in 2011 as part of the series State Archives of Assyria Studies in Helsinki. Among his latest work is an edition of the Neo-Babylonian royal inscription from Nabonidus, in partnership with Mary Frazer and to be published very soon. Adalı is currently working on a medical commentary text from Sippar.

Piotr Michalowski is George G. Cameron Professor Emeritus of Ancient Middle East Languages and Civilizations at the Department of Middle East Studies, University of Michigan. He has written widely on a broad range of aspects of ancient Mesopotamian cultures, on literature, poetics, history, historiography, linguistics etc., with a special focus on early periods. His monographs include The Lamentation over the Destruction of Sumer and Ur (1989), Letters from Early Mesopotamia (1993), and The Correspondence of the Kings of Ur: An Epistolary History of an Ancient Mesopotamian Kingdom (2011). He is currently finishing a book on the literary works concerning the goddess Nisaba, who was intimately linked with accounting, schooling, and agriculture.