Walther Sallaberger

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Walther Sallaberger (born April 3, 1963 in Innsbruck ) is an Austrian ancient orientalist .

Walther Sallaberger studied languages ​​and cultures of the ancient Orient as well as classical archeology at the University of Innsbruck from 1982 to 1988 . In addition to the common languages ​​of the subjects, he also learned Hittite , Old Persian , Turkish and Hebrew . From 1982 to 1989 he took part in prehistoric excavations in Austria as part of his training, in Eski Mossul and Borsippa in Iraq , in Velia in Italy and in Pergamon in Turkey . In July 1988 he passed the master's examination with Karl Oberhuber . This was followed by an extension study at the University of Munich until 1989 , where he began his doctoral studies in 1989. Sallaberger completed this three years later with Claus Wilcke with the work The cultic calendar of the original III period . The dissertation was awarded the Dissertation Award at the University of Munich in 1993. From January 1991 to April 1993 he was a research assistant at the Munich University with Dietz-Otto Edzard . After a short period as a postdoctoral fellow, Sallaberger became assistant to Claus Wilcke in October 1993 and senior assistant to Claus Wilcke at the Ancient Near Eastern Institute of Leipzig University in September 1998 . In June 1998 he completed his habilitation in Leipzig with a habilitation thesis on the subject of interaction and text design in old Babylonian everyday letters .

Since September 1999 Sallaberger has been teaching as a professor for Assyriology at the University of Munich. From 2005 to 2007 he was director of the Department of Cultural Studies and Classical Studies at the University of Munich, and from 2007 to 2009 Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies .

Guest lectureships have taken him to the University of Bern (1992/93), the University of Venice (2001), the University of Oxford (2002), the Venice International University (2004) and the University of Verona (2007). In 2012, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences elected him a full member.

Sallaberger primarily conducts research on Akkadian and Sumerian philology as well as the history of the Ancient Near East. His research focuses on general history, religion, the intellectual and literary history of the ancient Orient, chronology , social history and the doctrine of documents, especially of the third millennium BC. BC, text linguistics, everyday life, realism and the lexicon of Sumerian. Since 1994 he has been involved as a philologist in the excavations in Tell Beydar under the direction of Antoine Suleiman and Marc Lebeau in Syria , and in 2004 in the excavation in Tall Bazi in Syria. From 2002 to 2009 he conducted research on the social structure of Tell Beydar in a project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) , and from 2003 to 2010 in the DFG project Sumerian Glossary . From 2003 to 2007 he was the initiator and spokesman of the DFG Graduate School 1144 Forms of Prestige in Ancient Cultures at the University of Munich, from 2004 to 2011 Sallaberger was coordinator of the History and Epigraphy Group in the international ARCANE project for the chronology of the third millennium. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Commission for Cuneiform Writing and Near Eastern Archeology of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, also since 2004 he has been the coordinator of the Hittite Dictionary , which was terminated until 2015 , and since 2006 he has also been co-editor. Sallaberger has authored or edited more than a dozen monographs to date. Since 2001 he has been the chief editor of the journal for Assyriology and Near Eastern Archeology .


  • The cultic calendar of the first III period. de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 1992, ISBN 3-11-013932-4 ( Studies on Assyriology and Near Eastern Archeology , Volume 7)
  • "If you are my brother ...". Interaction and text design in old Babylonian everyday letters. Styx, Groningen 1999, ISBN 90-5693-029-X ( Cuneiform monographs , Volume 16)
  • The Gilgamesh Epic. Myth, work and tradition. Beck, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-406-56243-3 ( Beck series )

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  1. ^ Bavarian Academy of Sciences: Full members