Stephanie M. Dalley


Retired teacher of Assyriology, Shillito Fellow
Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / Somerville College


Research Interests:

  • Akkadian literature and history

Current Projects:

  • Book: Babylon Through Time, city of knowledge 2000 BC – AD 116 forthcoming CUP
  • Article: The First Sealand Dynasty: Literacy, economy, and the likely location of Dur-Enlil(e) in southern Mesopotamia at the end of the Old Babylonian period (in press, ed. S.Paulus and T.Clayden)
  • The palace of Esarhaddon beneath the Mosque of Jonah’s Tomb in Mosul

Courses Taught:

  • Akkadian Set Texts and Background Lectures for the BA and MPhil courses, as required.

Recent Publications:

  • 2017  ‘Gilgamesh and heroes at Troy: myth, history and education’, ed Sherratt, Archaeology and Homeric Epic Oxbow 116-134
  • 2017  ‘The natural world in ancient Mesopotamian literature’ eds Parham and Westling, A Global History of Literature and the Environment, 21-36
  • 2017  ‘Of arches, vaults and domes’ eds. Heffron, Stone and Worthington, At the Dawn of History. Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J.N.Postgate, 127-131
  • 2017  ‘The cuneiform inscription found at Tas-Silgπ (Malta), banded agate, “targets” and “cushions” ‘. eds Mizzi, Vella and Zammit, Ancient Near Eastern Studies supplement 50, in honour of A.Frendo, 21-28
  • 2015  Review of Andre-Salvini, ed. La Tour de Babylone. Etudes et recherches sur les monuments de Babylon, in Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXII, 751 -755
  • 2014  ‘Itineraries of Nakht-hor and Alexander in Assyria’, Kaskal 11, 2014, 171-181
  • 2014  ‘From Mesopotamian temples as sacred groves to the date-palm motif in Greek art and architecture” ed. K.Coleman , Le Jardin dans l’Antiquiteπ. Entretiens sur l’antiquiteπ classique Tome LX, Fondation Hardt, Vandoeuvres, 53-86
  • 2013  ‘First millennium BC variation in Gilgamesh, Atrahasis, the Flood story and the Epic of Creation: What was available to Berossos?’ eds. J.Haubold, G.Lanfranchi, R.Rollinger, J.Steele The World of Berossus
  • 2013  ‘The Greek Novel Ninus and Semiramis: its background in Assyrian and Seleucid history and monuments’. eds. T. Whitmarsh and S.Thomson, The Romance between Greece and the East 117-126
  • 2013  ‘Gods from north-eastern and north-western Arabia in cuneiform texts from the First Sealand Dynasty, and a cuneiform inscription from Tell en-Nasbeh’, Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy
  • 2012  ‘What did Ut-napishti say when he first caught sight of Gilgamesh?’ Revue d’Assyriologie 106, 101-102
  • 2012  ‘Seven naptanum texts from the reign of Rim-Sin I of Larsa’ (with Muayad Sulaiman), Iraq 74, 153-165
  • 2010  ‘Old Babylonian Prophecies at Uruk and Kish’ eds. A.Slotsky and S.Melville, Opening the tablet Box. Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Benjamin R. Foster
  • 2010  ‘Temple Building in the Ancient Near East: A Synthesis and Reflection’, eds. M.Boda and J.Novotny, From the Foundations to the Crenellations. Essays on Temple Building in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible, AOAT 366
  • 2009  Babylonian Tablets from the First Sealand Dynasty in the Schoyen Collection, Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology 9 (CDL Press)
  • 2007  Esther's Revenge at Susa. From Sennacherib to Ahasuerus (OUP)

Further Info:

  • Radio programme recording: on Babylon; and on the Gilgamesh epic, 2006
  • TV programme on Assyrian Lion-hunts, Channel 4, 2006.

Photograph of Stephanie M. Dalley