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Structure Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Qualification Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo A
Scientific sector L-OR/01 - HISTORY OF ANCIENT NEAR EAST
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Notice and additional information
Si avvisano gli studenti che i corsi di Storia del Vicino Oriente Antico e di Filologia Semitica per l'a.a. 2019-2020 inizieranno il 2 marzo.

- Storia del Vicino Oriente Antico
Lun-Mar-Mer h.10.30-12.00, Palazzo Wollemborg, Via del Santo 26, Piano terra, Aula Brunetta

- Filologia Semitica
Lun-Mar-Mer h.9.00-10.30, Palazzo Wollemborg, Via del Santo 26, Piano terra, Aula Brunetta

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Si avvisano gli studenti che il ricevimento del 27 gennaio, del 10 e del 17 febbraio è sospeso per impegni del docente.
I prossimi ricevimenti si terranno i giorni 20 gennaio e 3 febbraio.

Office hours
Monday from 13:00 to 14:00 Pal. Liviano, II Piano (Sala assegnisti)
(updated on 26/09/2019 14:11)

Curriculum Vitae
SALVATORE GASPA (1975) graduated in Ancient Near Eastern History at the University of Padua in 2002. He holds two PhDs, one in Semitics, obtained at the University of Florence in 2007, and one in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, achieved at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” in 2011.
- In 2003-2004 he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Asian and African Studies (Department of Assyriology) of the University of Helsinki for research on the Neo-Assyrian texts with the support of two Finnish Government Fellowships.
- In 2006-2012, as "Cultore della materia" and short-term contract researcher, he worked in the framework of research activities for the Chair of Ancient Near Eastern History under the guidance of Prof. G.B. Lanfranchi, and was member of the examination committee.
- In the years 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 he collaborated with the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa for the project "Mnamon. Ancient Writing Systems of the Mediterranean” (sections of cuneiform writing), directed by professors C. Ampolo and A. Santoni.
- In 2013-2015 he was Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen with a project on textile terminology in the Assyrian world. The project was framed in the European Commission's Research Programme “7th Framework Programme of the European Union-People-Call 2012” and in the joined programmes of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité, Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie “René Ginouvès”, Nanterre, and of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen.
- At the University of Copenhagen and other Danish institutions (National Museum of Denmark) he also gave courses and organized seminars and international conferences. He promoted the Marie Curie Fellowship (IEF/IF) European Programme at the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Ministry of Education and Research. In the same university, he also worked as a supervisor in the management of mobility experiences of international students.
- In 2014 he was awarded the Italian National Scientific Qualification for Associate Professorship.
- In 2015 he was awarded a grant from the Carlsberg Foundation for a project on the use of textiles in ancient Near Eastern rituals, based at the University of Copenhagen and framed in the international research programme “Ancient Textiles from the Orient to the Mediterranean–Groupe de Recherche International, 2015-2018” (ATOM-GDRI), directed by the CNRS (UMR 7041, Nanterre) in collaboration with the universities of Copenhagen and Leicester.
- In 2018-2019 he was grant-holder of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg.
- 2014-19: visiting researcher at Collège de France, Paris; HAROC, Nanterre; British Museum, London; Freie Universität, Berlin; Universität Innsbruck; Universität Hamburg.
- He is member of the International Association for Assyriology, of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, of the Network Alumni of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, of the Associazione Italiana AvH and of the scientific board of the journal ArOr.
- From 2014-15 to 2018-19 he worked as a contract professor ("Professore a contratto") in Ancient Near Eastern History and Semitic Philology at the DiSSGeA.
- From 2018-19 he is an A-level researcher at the DiSSGeA.

Research areas
- Political, socioeconomic and cultural history of Assyria in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC
- Assyrian material culture in textual, iconographical and archaeological evidence
- Royal ideology and texts of political communication in Assyria and in the Ancient Near East
- Religious history of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East
- The Akkadian Language in the 1st millennium BC: the Neo-Assyrian dialect in the historical and linguistic framework of Semitic in the 1st millennium BC

He has written various works on material culture, administration, food and food practices, royal ideology, cult and economy of first-millennium BC Assyria.

For a list of publications see


- Textiles in the Neo-Assyrian Empire. A Study of Terminology (Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records 19), Boston-Berlin 2018: De Gruyter, Pp. 443, Figs. 22, ISBN 9781501510748.

- Textile Terminologies from the Orient to the Mediterranean and Europe, 1000 BC to 1000 AD, with C. Michel and M-L. Nosch, Lincoln 2017: Zea Books/University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Pp. 537, ISBN 9781609621124 (available as Open Access resource:

- Contenitori neoassiri. Studi per un repertorio lessicale (Altertumswissenschaftliche Abhandlungen 67), Wiesbaden 2014: Harrassowitz Verlag, Pp. 566, Figs. 41, ISBN 9783447101264.

- From Source to History. Studies on Ancient Near Eastern Worlds and Beyond Dedicated to G.B. Lanfranchi on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday on June 23, 2014 (Alter Orient und Altes Testament 412), with A. Greco, D. Morandi Bonacossi, S. Ponchia and R. Rollinger, Muenster 2014: Ugarit-Verlag, Pp. 810, ISBN 9783868351019.

- Alimenti e pratiche alimentari in Assiria: le materie alimentari nel culto ufficiale dell'Assiria del primo millennio a.C. (History of the Ancient Near East, Monographs 13), Padua 2012: Sargon Editrice e Libreria, Pp. 325, Figs. 10, ISBN 9788895672298.

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
LE0600 COMMON LE06108102 6 3rd Year (2019/20) Second
LE0612 COMMON LE06108102 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
LE0616 COMMON LE06108102 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
IA0280 COMMON SUP4064551 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second
LE0612 COMMON LE06102919 6 1st Year (2019/20) Second