Talah Anderson


Wolfson College

Course & Supervisor:

DPhil Oriental Studies; Dr Paul Collins & Professor Jacob Dahl

Thesis Title:

The theologising of the succession in Sargonid Assyria

Educational Background:

MA (Hons) University of St Andrews, MPhil Cantab

Research Interests:

Mesopotamian visual representation; Neo-Assyrian studies; religious, political and intellectual history of ancient southwest Asia; uses of myth in image, ritual and text


Akkadian; Mesopotamian history and cultures; museum/object-based teaching; reception of Mesopotamia

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

Paul Collins and Talah Anderson. “Assyrian Art and Architecture.” Oxford Bibliographies in "Art History". Ed. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022-02-21. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199920105-0093. (peer-reviewed; subscription needed)

"Seeing Ishtar through the veil(s): Mesopotamian reception in Oscar Wilde's Salome?" Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology, University of Oxford, 1 April 2022.

“Divine creations and the divinity of art in ancient Assyria: the case of the lamassu in the sea from Khorsabad.” Graduate Archaeology at Oxford Conference, University of Oxford, 11 March 2022.

I contribute to the work of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, co-convene the Topics in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Egyptology seminar series and co-organise the Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology.

Talah Anderson