Klaus Wagensonner

Position:

Research Associate in Assyriology, CSCDL Oxford

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute

Email:

klaus.wagensonner@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

After finishing a master thesis on Sumerian Divine Journeys my research focuses to a great extent on Sumerian literature. The participation in the COST project “Stability and Change of Classification Systems in a Cross-Cultural Perspective” (2006-2010) led to a dissertation dealing with the early outcomes of lexicography in Mesopotamia. Lexical texts are among the first recorded textual evidence and demonstrate already in their earliest stages a complex knowledge organization.

Further interests are the transmission of literary and lexical texts in the Middle Assyrian period as well as Neo-Babylonian epistolography.

Within the framework of the CSCDL project I participate in endeavours to digitise cuneiform tablets and to provide a new way of accessing Sumerian literary compositions.

Current Projects:

Creating a Sustainable Cuneiform Digital Library (CSCDL)

Courses Taught:

  • Introductory courses in Akkadian and Sumerian<
  • History classes

Recent Publications:

Monographs

(in preparation) J. N. Reid & K. Wagensonner, The Old Babylonian Archive of Gimil-Marduk and His Associates [working title], Oxford Editions of Cuneiform Texts, Oxford. 

(in press) collaboration with M. Jursa and J. Hackl on Late Babylonian private letters.

Edited volumes

(in preparation) G. J. Selz & K. Wagensonner (eds) Orientalische Kunstgeschichte(n). Festschrift für Erika Bleibtreu, Wiener Offene Orientalistik 13, Wien.

(2011) G. J. Selz & K. Wagensonner (eds) The Empirical Dimension of Ancient Near Eastern Studies / Die empirische Dimension altorientalischer Forschungen, Wiener Offene Orientalistik 6, Wien.

Editorships

Cuneiform Digital Library Notes

Articles

(in preparation a) Ninurta’s Journey to Eridug II. A new Sumerian Divine Journey. 

(in preparation b) Together, Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin

(in preparation c) Animal Lists in the Third Millennium BC, L. Verderame (ed.) volume on lexical lists. 

(submitted a) Sumerian in the Middle Assyrian Period, Proceedings of the Conference ‘Crossing Boundaries: Multilingualism, Lingua Franca and Lingua Sacra’, Berlin, 8-10 November 2010.

(submitted b) Zu mehreren Tonplomben in der John Rylands Library, Manchester. Ein Essay zur Umzeichnung gesiegelter Urkunden, in: G. J. Selz & K. Wagensonner (eds.), Orientalische Kunstgeschichte(n). Festschrift für Erika Bleibtreu, Wiener Offene Orientalistik 13, Wien. 

(submitted c) (with J. N. Reid) “My tooth aches so much,” Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin.

(in press a) nam-dub-sar-ra a-na mu-e-pad3-da-zu ... De l’apprentissage et l’éducation des scribes médio-assyriens, Proceedings of the 55e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale.

(in press b) M. Jursa (with an appendix by K. Wagensonner) The Estates of Šamaš on the Habur, in: M. Kozuh et al. (eds) Festschrift für Matthew M. Stolper

(in press c) Some Reflections on the Transposition of Sumerian Sound Values into Akkadian ... The Case of the Lexical Series Diri, Proceedings of the Conference ‘Multilingualism and History of Knowledge in Asia from Antiquity till Early Modern Times’, Vienna 3.11.-5.11.2011.

(2012) Early Lexical Lists and Their Impact on Economic Records. An Attempt of Correlation Between Two Seemingly Different Kinds of Data-Sets,  in:  G. Wilhelm (ed.) Organization, Representation, and Symbols of Power in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 54th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Würzburg 20-25 July 2008 (Eisenbrauns: Winona Lake):805-17.

(2011a) A Scribal Family and its Orthographic Peculiarities. On the Scientific Work of a Royal Scribe and his Sons, in: G. J. Selz & K. Wagensonner (eds) The Empirical Dimension of Ancient Near Eastern Studies / Die empirische Dimension altorientalischer Forschungen (Wiener Offene Orientalistik 6, Wien):645-701.

(2011b) New Light on ‘Sîn-iddinam and Iškur’, Kaskal 8:11-42.

(2010a) Early Lexical Lists Revisited. Structures and Classification as a mnemonic device, in: L. Kogan, N. Koslova, S. Loesov & S. Tishchenko (eds) Language in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 53e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Vol. 1, Part 1 (Babel und Bibel 4/1, Winona Lake):285-310.

(2010b) When I was going, when I was going. BM 15794 Re-visited, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 100:219-42. 

(2009a) What is the matter with the numun-plant? BM 120011 Reconsidered, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 99:355-76.

(2009b) Non-textual markers or pseudo-written references. Some glimpses from the Mesopotamian field, in: P. Andrássy, J. Budka & F. Kammerzell (eds) Non-Textual Marking Systems, Writing and Pseudo Script from Prehistory to Modern Times (Lingua Aegyptia - Studia monographica 8, Göttingen):33-67.

(2008) Nin-Isina(k)s Journey to Nippur Reconsidered, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 98:277-94.

(2007) Götterreise oder Herrscherreise oder vielleicht beides?, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 97 (Fs Hunger):541-59.

Reviews

(2009) Review of Klinger, Die Hethiter, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 99:409-11.

(2008) Review of Mittermayer, Altbabylonische Zeichenliste der sumerisch-literarischen Texte (OBO Sonderband), Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 98:391-3.