Maria Teresa Renzi-Sepe
Project manager, DFG project "The planets in Mesopotamian culture"
Associate Member of ZODIAC: Assyriology; Mesopotamian celestial divination
I am an Assyriologist (PhD), working on philology and cultural-historical research. I focus on the conceptualization of celestial bodies in the astral science of Mesopotamia, mainly in celestial omens. So far, I have been working on the Pleiades in cuneiform culture and on the reconstruction of some parts of the omen series Enūma Anu Enlil. I am also interested in the role of hermeneutical principles in the interpretation of omens, and the ancient knowledge production.
2023: project manager of the DFG project "The planets in Mesopotamian culture: their conceptualization in the Akkadian literature of the 1st millennium BC, with a focus on planetary omens (Enūma Anu Enlil tablets 55, 57 and 58)"
2022–2023: Research assistant for the “Supplement to the Akkadian Dictionaries”, Altorientalisches Institut, University of Leipzig
2022: PhD in Assyriology, Altorientalisches Institut, University of Leipzig
2019–2021: Research assistant/lecturer, focusing of divination in ancient Mesopotamia, Altorientalisches Institut, University of Leipzig
2017: MA in Archaeology, specialising in Assyriology, Sapienza University of Rome
2016: Annual seminar of Akkadian language and literature, Pontificio Istituto Biblico of Rome.
2015: BA in Archaeological sciences, specialising in Assyriology, Sapienza University of Rome.