The magic of Mesopotamia


Assyriologist and ERC Starting Grant investigator Nicla De Zorzi studies ancient Mesopotamian literature, magic and divination at the University of Vienna. In her research she aims at investigating analogical thinking as a dominant feature of ancient Mesopotamian scholarship.

In her ERC Starting Grant project, Nicla De Zorzi from the Department of Near Eastern Studies takes a look at three large textual corpora of ancient Mesopotamia in order to analyse a specifically Mesopotamian scholarly method in which analogical thinking plays a fundamental role. The three corpora are: literary source texts, magical texts such as anti-witchcraft incantations and rituals as well as divinatory texts connected with the practice of astrology and liver reading.

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