The Info List - Thorkild Jacobsen

The Treasures of Darkness Sumerian King List

Awards Guggenheim Fellowship

Scientific career

Fields Assyriology

Institutions University of Chicago
University of Chicago
(1929-1962), Harvard University
Harvard University

Thorkild Jacobsen (Danish: [ˈtoɐ̯ɡilˀ ˈjæɡʌbsn̩]; 7 June 1904 – 2 May 1993) was a renowned historian specializing in Assyriology
and Sumerian literature. He was one of the foremost scholars on the ancient Near East.


1 Biography 2 Selected works 3 Partial list of excavations 4 Awards 5 References 6 Sources 7 External links

Biography[edit] Thorkild Peter Rudolph Jacobsen received, in 1927, an M.A. from the University of Copenhagen
and then came to the United States
United States
to study at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, where, in 1929, he received his Ph.D. He was a field Assyriologist for the Iraq Expedition of the Oriental Institute from 1929 to 1937) and in 1946 became director of the Oriental Institute. He served as Dean of the Humanities Division from 1948 to 1951, as an editor of the Assyrian Dictionary from 1955 to 1959, and as Professor of Social Institutions from 1946-1962. In 1962, Jacobsen became a professor of Assyriology
at Harvard University, where he remained until his retirement in 1974. Beyond being an expert translator, he was a brilliant interpreter whose insights led to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the institutions and normative references of Sumerian and Akkadian culture.[1] Jacobsen retired as a professor of Assyriology
at Harvard University in 1974. In 1974 he served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA
where he helped develop a strong Assyriology
program. Dr. Jacobsen served 1993 as president of the American Oriental Society, an organization of scholars. He was 88 years of age when he died in Bradford, New Hampshire.[2] Selected works[edit]

Sumerian King List
Sumerian King List
(1939) The Temple Oval at Khafajah
- chapter by Thorkild Jacobsen (1940) Towards the Image of Tammuz and Other Essays on Mesopotamian History and Culture - edited by William L. Moran (1970) The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion (1976) The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East
Ancient Near East
(1977) The Harps that Once... Sumerian Poetry in Translation (1987)

Partial list of excavations[edit]

Eshnunna Khafajah Tell Agrab Tell Ishchali Lagash


Dr. Jacobsen was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Near Eastern Studies in 1968.[3]


^ Thorkild Jacobsen, was professor of Assyriology
at Harvard (Boston Globe. Boston, MA: May 6, 1993) ^ Thorkild Jacobsen, Scholar, Wrote of Cuneiform (New York Times. May 5, 1993) [1] ^ Thorkild Jacobsen. 1968, Near Eastern Studies (John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 


In Memoriam by J. A. Brinkman. The Oriental Institute

External links[edit]

Bio at the CDLI wiki

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