Susanne Paulus

Assistant Professor
Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the College

The main focus of Susanne Paulus’s research is the social, economic, and legal history of Babylonia (Iraq), especially during the Middle Babylonian/Kassite Period (1500–1000 BC). Her interest not only covers the internal structure, institutions, and daily life of this poorly understood period of history, but also chronology, international relations, and the intellectual heritage of Babylonia.

She is the author of Die babylonischen Kudurru-Inschriften von der kassitischen bis zur frühneubabylonischen Zeit. Untersucht unter besonderer Berücksichtigung gesellschafts- und rechtshistorischer Fragestellungen, Alter Orient und Altes Testament 51 (Münster: Ugarit, 2014). Her articles include “Ordal statt Eid—Das Beweisverfahren in mittelbabylonischer Zeit,” in Prozessrecht und Eid. Recht und Rechtsfindung in antiken Kulturen. Teil 1. H. Barta, M. Lang, R. Rollinger, eds. (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015); and “Die Arbeitskräfte von Nippur. Eine Mikrostudie zum 13. Jh. v. Chr.,” in Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte. Vol. 20 (2014). She received the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize 2015 from the German Research Foundation.

Paulus studied ancient Near Eastern philology and archaeology, Egyptology, and cultural management at the Westfälische WilhelmsUniversität in Münster, Germany, and later obtained her PhD in Assyriology from the same institution.

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