Professor Karen Radner
Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History
(Sabbatical Leave 2012-13)
Office: 209, 25 Gordon Square
I specialise in the cuneiform cultures of the Ancient Near East (third to first millennium BC). My main interests belong to the Assyrian Empire (1400-600 BC) and its political, social, economic and religious development. Other topics central to my research are the historical topography of the Middle East and Mesopotamia's legal history.
Since 2008, I direct a four-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on 'Mechanisms of communication in an ancient empire: the correspondence between the king of Assyria and his magnates'; the project team maintains a web resource called 'Assyrian empire builders: Governors, diplomats and soldiers in the service of Sargon II, king of Assyria'. Together with Mikko Luukko, Simo Parpola, Eleanor Robson and Steve Tinney, I have made all text editions of the State Archives of Assyria series available online and we are currently working towards making their translations, transliterations and glossaries fully searchable. For further information see SAA online.
Areas of Research Supervision:
-Any aspect of the culture and history of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
-Cultural, social and legal history of the Ancient Near East.
Theses Currently Supervised:
-Sargon II's Assyria and the World: Imperial Ideology and Administrative Realities
-An Ecology of Trade: Tropical Cultivars, Commensals and Fauna between the Near East and South Asia in the First Millennium BC
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