Mary Frazer

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Mary Frazer specializes in Akkadian historiographical texts studied in Babylonia and Assyria during the first millennium BCE. She received her BA in Classics and Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford (2008), and her MPhil (2012) and PhD (2015) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University. In her PhD dissertation, “Akkadian Royal Letters in Later Mesopotamian Tradition” (December 2015), she studied Akkadian letters to and from kings which are attested in manuscripts that postdate the lifetimes of their correspondents. The project assesses the evidence for the composition dates of the letters and the contexts in which their manuscripts were produced, and examines the role that the letters played in scribal education as well as their possible significance beyond pedagogy. In addition to reediting most of the texts, the project contains first editions of some new fragments of letters that fall into this category.

Between 2016 and 2017 Mary was a postdoctoral associate working as Senior Editor of the Cuneiform Commentaries Project ( Within this project, which aims to make the large and under-studied corpus of cuneiform text commentaries available in full, annotated online editions, she is concentrating on commentaries on the celestial and meteorological omen series, Enūma Anu Enlil. Mary continues to collaborate with the Cuneiform Commentaries Project.

In the 2016 Fall Semester she was the organizer of the fortnightly “Yale Cuneiforum,” an informal reading group held in the Yale Babylonian Collection in which Assyriologists present their work on unpublished cuneiform texts. In the 2017 Spring Semester she was a Visiting Chester Beatty and Middle Eastern Studies Scholar at Trinity College Dublin.



An Elementary Late Babylonian Scribal Exercise Featuring Nazi-Maruttaš,” KASKAL Rivista di storia, ambienti e culture del Vicino Oriente Antico 13 (2016): pp. 175-183

“Nazi-Maruttaš in Later Mesopotamian Tradition,” KASKAL Rivista di storia, ambienti e culture del Vicino Oriente Antico 10 (2013): pp. 187-220

“Inscribed Mesopotamian Artefacts in the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, UK” Aula Orientalis 35: pp. 105-126 (in press)

“Neo-Babylonian Documents in the Chester Beatty Library” (in preparation)

Online editions of cuneiform text commentaries

On Enūma Anu Enlil:

i) Enūma Anu Enlil 5 (CCP 3.1.5.A):

ii) Enūma Anu Enlil 5 (CCP 3.1.5.B):

iii) Enūma Anu Enlil 5 and 16 (CCP 3.1.5.E):

iv) Enūma Anu Enlil 5 (CCP 3.1.5.F):

v) Enūma Anu Enlil 8 (CCP 3.1.8.A.a):

vi) Enūma Anu Enlil 55 (CCP 3.1.55.A):

vii) Enūma Anu Enlil 55 (CCP 3.1.55.B):

viii) Enūma Anu Enlil (?):

b)   On therapeutic medical texts:

ix) Šumma amēlu qablāšu ikkalšu (CCP 4.2.B):

x) Šumma amēlu qāt eṭemmi iṣbassu (CCP 4.2.Q):

xi) Ana antašubbâ nasāḫi u pašāri (CCP 4.2.R):

c)   On other texts:

xii) Šumma izbu 7 (CCP 3.6.3.A):

xiii) Neo-Babylonian Grammatical Text (CCP 6.6):

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