Klaus Wagensonner

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Klaus Wagensonner specializes in Sumerian literature (MA thesis “Wenn Götter reisen …”, Vienna 2006) and (early) lexicography in Mesopotamia. His PhD at the University of Vienna (2016) was a study on knowledge organization in the earliest cuneiform record dating to the last third of the fourth millennium with its subsequent tradition up to the early second mill. BC. Besides a diachronic study of the available sources and their contents, Klaus introduces in his dissertation a methodological framework for the analysis of the arrangement of entries in the available lexical lists. A revised version of this dissertation is planned to be submitted for publication by the end of 2017.

Letters dating to the Old Babylonian period comprise another research topic. Currently Klaus is finishing a volume on approx. 80 unpublished letters at the British Museum together with John Nicholas Reid (Reformation Bible College; Dphil Oxford) with edition of additional 80 letters belonging to an archive or group of archives at the ancient site of Kish in northern Mesopotamia. Between 2011 and 2015 Klaus was part of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI; http://cdli.ucla.edu) while digitizing and cataloguing thousands of cuneiform documents in numerous collections in Europe and the United States. Together with Jacob L. Dahl (University of Oxford) he holds editorship of the Cuneiform Digital Library Notes.

As a postdoctoral associate at Yale he is preparing Sumerian literary texts for publication by producing hand copies, photos, and a detailed descriptive catalogue.



(in preparation a)             

J. N. Reid und K. Wagensonner, Old Babylonian Letters from Kish, Oxford Editions of Cuneiform 16

(in preparation b)              

Die frühen lexikalischen Texte und ihr Aufbau

(in preparation c)              

Ancient Writing at Maynooth. The Cuneiform Texts at the Russell Library

(in preparation d)              

E. Cancik-Kirschbaum & J. Kahl with collaboration of K. Wagensonner, Philologie – Archäologie einer Disziplin zwischen Tigris und Nil.

Edited books

(in print)                                

G. J. Selz und K. Wagensonner (eds) Orientalische Kunstgeschichte(n). Festschrift für Erika BleibtreuWiener Offene Orientalistik 13, Wien.


G. J. Selz und K. Wagensonner (eds) The Empirical Dimension of Ancient Near Eastern Studies / Die empirische Dimension altorientalischer Forschungen, Wiener Offene Orientalistik 6, Wien.


2014 —                                  

Cuneiform Digital Library Notes

(CDLN; http://cdli.ucla.edu/pubs/cdln/php/index.php)


(in preparation a)              

Ninurta’s Journey to Eridug II. A new Sumerian Divine Journey.

(in preparation b)              

Together, Cuneiform Digital Library Journal.

(in preparation c)              

“Lexical texts in perspective. On the implementation of lexical information in bilingual narratives”, in: S. Tarte (ed.), Proceedings of the Colloquium Interpreting Textual Artefacts: Cognitive Perspectives and Digital Support for Knowledge Creation (Oxford).

(in preparation d)              

O. Karapasia und K. Wagensonner, “New Joins at the John Rylands Library in Manchester” (working


(in preparation e)             

The cuneiform texts in the National Museum of Ireland. A new manuscript of the Codex Hammurabi

and a preliminary survey on the work in progress (working title)

(in preparation f)               

“If his chin is permanently slack …,” a new collection of diagnostic omens.

(in preparation g)             

An Old Babylonian letter in the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

(in preparation h)             

Writing on prisms. A new manuscript of Lipit-Eštar B.

(in preparation i)               

“Word List Z” — Name list or Literature?

(in print a)                            

Sumerian in the Middle Assyrian Period, Proceedings of the Conference “Crossing Boundaries: Multilingualism, Lingua Franca and Lingua Sacra”, Berlin, 8-10 November 2010.

(in print b)                           

Some Reflections on the Transposition of Sumerian Sound Values into Akkadian … The Case of the Lexical Series Diri, Proceedings of the Conference “Multilingualism and History of Knowledge in Asia from Antiquity till Early Modern Times”, Vienna 3.11.-5.11.2011.

(in print c)                             

Animal Lists in the Third Millennium BC, in: L. Verderame (ed.) Italian volume on lexical lists.

(in print d)                           

M. B. D’Anna, C. Jauß, J. C. Johnson (with individual contributions from K. Wagensonner, C. Jauß, S. Pollock, E. Rosenstock, R. Berthon, J. L. Dahl, J. C. Johnson, M. B. D’Anna und H. Brunke), “Food and Urbanization. Material and Textual Perspectives on Alimentary Practice in Early Mesopotamia”, Origini: Rivista di Preistoria e Protostoria delle Civiltà Antiche.

(submitted a)                    

Eine Welt in Miniatur – Ein Essay zu Aufnahme und Abbildung von Rollsiegeln, in: G. J. Selz und K. Wagensonner (eds) Orientalische Kunstgeschichte(n). Festschrift für Erika Bleibtreu, Wiener Offene Orientalistik 13, Wien.

(submitted b)                     

J. N. Reid und K. Wagensonner, “Let the Algar be Played. A new manuscript of Šū-Sîn B”, accept for JNES


J. N. Reid und K. Wagensonner, “My tooth aches so much”, Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin 2014:3.


nam-dub-sar-ra a-na mu-e-pad3-da-zu … De l’apprentissage et l’éducation des scribes médio-assyriens”, in: L. Marti (ed) La famille dans le Proche-Orient ancien: réalités, symbolismes, et images. Proceedings of the 55th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Paris, 6-9 July 2009 (Winona Lake): 457-479.


M. Jursa und K. Wagensonner, “The Estates of Šamaš on the Hābūr”, in: M. Kozuh, W. F. M. Henkelman, C. E. Jones und C. Woods (eds) Extraction & Control. Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper (SAOC 68; Chicago): 109-130.


Early Lexical Lists and Their Impact on Economic Records. An Attempt of Correlation Between Two Seemingly Different Kinds of Data-Sets, in: G. Wilhelm (ed) Organization, Representation, and Symbols of Power in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 54th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Würzburg 20-25 July 2008 (Eisenbrauns: Winona Lake): 805-817.


A Scribal Family and its Orthographic Peculiarities. On the Scientific Work of a Royal Scribe and his Sons, in: G. J. Selz und K. Wagensonner (eds) The Empirical Dimension of Ancient Near Eastern Studies / Die empirische Dimension altorientalischer Forschungen (Wiener Offene Orientalistik 6, Wien): 645-701.


New Light on ‘Sîn-iddinam and Iškur’, Kaskal 8: 11-42.


Early Lexical Lists Revisited. Structures and Classification as a mnemonic device, in: L. Kogan, N. Koslova, S. Loesov und S. Tishchenko (eds) Language in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 53e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Vol. 1, Part 1 (Babel und Bibel 4/1, Winona Lake): 285-310.


When I was going, when I was going. BM 15794 Re-visited, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 100: 219-242.


What is the matter with the numun-plant? BM 120011 Reconsidered, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 99: 355-376.


Non-textual markers or pseudo-written references. Some glimpses from the Mesopotamian field, in: P. Andrássy, J. Budka und F. Kammerzell (eds) Non-Textual Marking Systems, Writing and Pseudo Script from Prehistory to Modern Times (Lingua Aegyptia - Studia monographic 8, Göttingen): 33-67.


Nin-Isina(k)s Journey to Nippur Reconsidered, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 98: 277-294.


Götterreise oder Herrscherreise oder vielleicht beides?, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 97 (Fs Hunger): 541-559.

Short contributions


On an alternative way of capturing RTI images with the camera dome, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2015: 1.


Turning the Laws of Ur-Namma, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2015: 3.


A legal text at the Russell Library, Maynooth University, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2015: 6.


A, B, C, … Word List Z, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2015: 8.


A note to a new manuscript of ED Lu2 A and its colophon, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2015: 13.


Digitizing in the round, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 8.


Šul-pa’e Re-joined, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 10.


Some notes on a Middle Assyrian letter, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 13.


Lu2 A Again!, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 15.


Elamites in Edinburgh, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 18.


A note on the colophon of VAT 9487, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 19.


Addendum to CDLN 2014:015, Cuneiform Digital Library Notes 2014: 24.



Rezension von J. Klinger, Die Hethiter, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 99: 409-411.


Rezension von C. Mittermayer, Altbabylonische Zeichenliste der sumerisch-literarischen Texte (OBO Sonderband), Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 98: 391-393.

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