Enrique Jimenez-Sanchez

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Enrique Jiménez studied Classics (2003-2008, with honors) and Hebrew (2007-2012) at Complutense University, Madrid. He studied Assyriology in Madrid, New Haven, and Heidelberg, and received his PhD at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and Ancient Near East (ILC), part of the Spanish National Research Center (CSIC), in 2013.

His field of expertise is Babylonian literature of the first millennium BC. His dissertation, “The Image of the Winds in Babylonian Literature,” which he is currently preparing for publication, studies how texts from different genres and periods adapt the same motifs involving the winds. In addition, he has written several individual studies on works of Babylonian literature.

Between 2013 and 2016 he was a postdoctoral associate of the “Cuneiform Commentaries Corpus Project,” which aims at making publicly available an electronic catalog of all known Mesopotamian commentary texts, together with electronic editions of a sizable selection of them. He also organizes an advanced reading group of cuneiform texts (the “Yale Cuneiforum”) in the Yale Babylonian Collection on alternate weeks. He continues to collaborate with the Cuneiform Commentaries Project.

Enrique Jiménez’s research has been supported by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD). 


The Babylonian Disputation Poems. With Editions of Palm and Vine, the Series of the Poplar, the Series of the Spider, and the Story of the Poor and Forlorn Wren [monograph] (Brill). Submitted in March 2016, publication expected in December 2016.

“Highway to Hell. The Winds as Cosmic Conveyances in Mesopotamian Incantation Texts,” in G. van Buylaere (ed.) Sources of Evil (in press).

“Cultural Imports and Local Products in the Commentaries from Uruk. The case of the Gimil-Sîn family,” with U. Gabbay, in Ch. Proust and J. Steele (eds.) Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk (submitted).

“Cuneiform Texts at the University of Wyoming,” with C. Liu, in Akkadica (submitted).

“Good News (šimûtu)!,” with A. M. Butts, in Journal of the American Oriental Society (in press).

“Four Neo-Assyrian Slave Sale Records from Marqasi (Kahramanmaraş) in the Erimtan Museum (Ankara) and Elsewhere,” with S. Adalı and K. Radner, in Altorientalische Forschungen 42/2 (2016) (in press).

“Two Neo-Assyrian Slave Sale Records from Marqasi (Kahramanmaraş) in a Collection at Gaziantep,” with A. Fıstıkçi, and S. F. Adalı, in Altorientalische Forschungen 42/2 (2016) (in press).

“May the Reader Not Withhold the Tablet! On a Formula in Late Babylonian Colophons,” in Babel und Bibel 9 (2016) (in press).

“Loose Threads of Tradition. Two Late Hemerological Compilations,” in Journal of Cuneiform Studies 68 (2016) (in press).

“Myth, Ritual, and Interpretation. The Commentary on Enūma eliš I-VII and a Commentary on Elamite Month Names,” with E. Frahm, in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 4 (2015), pp. 293-343. DOI: 10.1628/219222715X14507102280856

“A playful writing of the name of Babylon,” in N.A.B.U., Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, 2015/81.

“The “Prostration Hemerology” Revisited. An Everyman’s Hemerology at the King’s Court,” with S.F. Adalı, in Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 105 (2015), pp. 154-191. DOI: 10.1515/za-2015-0025

“On the Commentary to the Code of Hammurapi and the Babylonian God of Ordeals,” in N.A.B.U., Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, 2014/84.

“New fragments of Gilgamesh and other literary texts from Kuyunjik,” in Iraq 76 (2014), pp. 99-121. DOI: 10.1017/irq.2014.2

Granted First Prize by the International Assyriology Association for the first article published after PhD

“‘The Creation of the King’: A Reappraisal,” in Kaskal. Rivista di storia, ambienti e culture del Vicino Oriente Antico 10 (2013), pp. 235-254. DOI: 10.1400/217189

“Three Colophons,” in N.A.B.U., Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires, 2013/92.

In Preparation

“Two Foxy Notes” (article)

“‘Look at Babylon, Go Up to the Esangil!’ A Babylonian Literary Prayer of Long Lineage and Lasting Fortune” (article).

“Furious Lord, Still Your Heart! A Long-Lived Literary Prayer to Marduk” (article).

“Young Anu-bēlšunu. Two Rare Tablets From Hellenistic Uruk” (article).

La imagen de los vientos en la literatura babilónica (“The Image of the Winds in Babylonian Literature”), Madrid, 2013 (PhD thesis, in preparation for publication).

Popular publications

“Jigsaws of history,” with K. Swales, J. Taylor, and J. Whitson Cloud; in British Museum Magazine (2014), pp. 46-48


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