Dr Sam Mirelman

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Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern Studies Member Member
MMus (London), PhD (SUNY Buffalo), PGCE (London), MPhil, PhD (ISAW, NYU).
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Sam Mirelman began his academic career studying music to doctoral level. Since 2004 he has studied Assyriology in London, Munich, Heidelberg and various universities in North America. His research interests include music and performance in the ancient Near East, Sumerian literature and Mesopotamian intellectual history.

His PhD "Text and Performance in the Mesopotamian Liturgical Tradition" (2018, New York) is a study of the performance practice of Sumerian liturgical compositions, as shown by the evidence of late manuscripts. His British Academy postdoctoral research project is entitled "Sumerian-Akkadian Language Contact During the First Millennium BCE". It explores translation techniques between Sumerian and Akkadian, with a focus especially on "exegetical" translations. 

Research interests

Music and performance in the ancient Near East, Sumerian liturgical texts, Mesopotamian rituals, Sumerian-Akkadian language contact, Mesopotamian intellectual history


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