Eckart Frahm

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Eckart Frahm (PhD Göttingen 1996, Habilitation Heidelberg 2007) was appointed Assistant Professor of Assyriology at Yale in 2002 and Professor in 2008. His main research interests are Assyrian and Babylonian history and Mesopotamian scholarly texts of the first millennium BCE. His undergraduate courses at Yale include topics in Mesopotamian history, religion, and literature, and the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern setting.

Frahm is the author of five books: a study of the inscriptions of the Assyrian king Sennacherib (Einleitung in die Sanherib-Inschriften, AfO Beih. 26, Vienna 1997); an edition of new historical and historical-literary texts from Assur (Keilschrifttexte aus Assur literarischen Inhalts 3, WVDOG 121, Wiesbaden 2009); a volume of hand copies of two hundred Late Babylonian letters and documents from Uruk, co-authored with Michael Jursa (Neo-Babylonian Letters and Contracts from the Eanna Archive, YOS 21, New Haven 2011); a comprehensive study of ancient Near Eastern hermeneutics (Babylonian and Assyrian Text Commentaries: Origins of Interpretation, GMTR 5, Münster 2011); and a general history of ancient Mesopotamia (Geschichte des alten Mesopotamien, Reclam UB 19108, Ditzingen 2013). He is the editor of  A Companion to Assyria, published in 2017 by Wiley as part of the series Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. In addition, Frahm has written numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on subjects including Sumerian royal inscriptions, cuneiform grammatology, the ancient reception of the Gilgamesh epic and the Babylonian “Epic of Creation,” Mesopotamian prophecy, Babylonian prisons, Mesopotamian motifs in the Bible, and the history of modern scholarship on the ancient Near East. He is the founder and, together with Enrique Jiménez, the director of the NEH-funded Cuneiform Commentaries Project, which seeks to make the large corpus of Babylonian and Assyrian text commentaries available in electronic form (see

Frahm is co-founder and editor, together with Michael Jursa, of the series Guides to the Mesopotamian Textual Record (Münster: Ugarit-Verlag), subject editor for Assyriology of the series Culture and History of the Ancient Near East (Leiden/Boston: Brill), and area editor for the Ancient Near East for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (Berlin: De Gruyter). He serves as a member of the advisory board of the project Official Inscriptions of the Middle East in Antiquity (OIMEA) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and of a few other projects. Frahm is associate editor of the Journal of Cuneiform Studies (Boston: ASOR) and on the advisory board of the Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie (Berlin: De Gruyter). In 2007, Frahm was elected Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute. At Yale, he is co-organizer, together with Benjamin Foster, of the Assyriological Seminar series and serves on the steering committee of the newly founded Archaia program for ancient and premodern cultures and societies.

Before coming to Yale, Frahm was a research assistant for a project under the direction of Stefan Maul devoted to the reconstruction and publication of the cuneiform texts from the Assyrian capital of Assur (Iraq), and Assistant Professor of Assyriology at Heidelberg. He served in 2001 as epigrapher in the German excavations at Assur and has worked extensively in the collections of the British Museum in London and the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin. In 2004, Frahm was an instructor in a USAID sponsored summer course for Iraqi archaeologists and assyriologists held at the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman (Jordan).

Most of Frahm’s articles can be downloaded at Videos of interviews with and lectures by Frahm are posted at:

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