Dealing with the Past in the Present: How and Why?

  • Alexa Bartelmus Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Giulia Francesca Grassi
Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Ancient Near East, Past, History, Transmission



Author Biographies

Alexa Bartelmus, Ancient Near Eastern Studies

is a research associate in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University. She has studied Assyriology, Semitic Studies and Ancient History at Munich University where she obtained her M.A. in 2006, and is currently preparing the publication of her dissertation (delivered in 2012) on the transmission, ways of use, and relevance of Sumerian in the Kassite Period (ca. 1600-1150 BC). Her research interests include (among many others) scribal education, royal ideology, and international relations in the Ancient Near East. email:

Giulia Francesca Grassi
Giulia Francesca Grassi holds an MA in Sciences of Cultural Heritage (Archaeology) from the University of Udine, and a PhD in Sciences of Antiquity from the same university. She is currently a research assistant in the Department of Semitic Studies at the University of Marburg. Her main research interests include Semitic epigraphy, Aramaic, the interactions between the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world, and anthroponomastics. She is the author of several articles on these topics, and authored the book Semitic Onomastics from Dura Europos. The Names in Greek Script and from Latin Epigraphs (Padua 2012). email:
How to Cite
Bartelmus, A., and G. F. Grassi. “Dealing With the Past in the Present: How and Why?”. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Vol. 3, Dec. 2014, pp. 5-17, doi:10.17192/meta.2014.3.3147.