Dr Frances Reynolds, BA, PhD (Birmingham)

Dr Frances Reynolds, BA, PhD (Birmingham)

Fellow and Tutor in Oriental Studies, Director of Studies in Oriental Studies (2007 - ); Shillito Fellow in Assyriology in the Faculty of Oriental Studies

Frances Reynolds

Position:

Shillito Fellow in Assyriology (part-time); Fellow of St Benet's Hall

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / St Benet's Hall

Email:

frances.reynolds@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

My broad research area is Babylonian and Assyrian intellectual history, literature and religion, with an emphasis on the late second and first millennia BC. I specialize in the evolution of cuneiform scholarship, particularly in response to cultural and political change in Babylonia. My interests also extend into the wider ancient Middle East.

My forthcoming monograph publishes an edition and study of an Akkadian scholarly calendar treatise composed in Babylon in the Hellenistic period. My book explores the use and adaptation of traditional material relating to political history, mythology, astrology, ritual and hermeneutics and situates this in the context of late cuneiform scholarship.

Akkadian hymns focusing on particular cities are another facet of my research. I also work on concepts of the divine and the development of religious thought in changing political and cultural contexts.

Current Projects:

Courses Taught:

  • Elementary Akkadian: language and texts
  • Advanced Akkadian: language and texts
  • Mesopotamian cultural and historical topics
  • Religion and Mythologies of the Ancient Near East (Faculty of Theology and Religion)

Selected Publications:

  • 2010a. ‘A Divine Body: New Joins in the Sippar Collection’ in Baker, H.D., Robson, E., and G. Zólyomi (eds), Your Praise is Sweet: A Memorial Volume for Jeremy Black from Students, Colleagues and Friends, 291–302. London: British Institute for the Study of Iraq.
  • 2010b. ‘Food and drink in Babylonia’. Kindle Edition. London: T & F Books UK. See 2007a.
  • 2011. Thirty-two name entries. In Baker, H.D. (ed.), The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, Vol. 3/II: ŠZ, 1295, 138890, 141517, 1425. Helsinki: The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project.
  • 2012. The Babylonian Correspondence of Esarhaddon and Letters to Assurbanipal and Sin-šarru-iškun from Northern and Central Babylonia. Revised Online Edition. State Archives of Assyria Online (SAAo), Vol. 18. [State Archives of Assyria, Vol. 18. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 2003].  
  • Submitted. Text editions of STT 1, 3 (Enūma Eliš 4) and SpTU 3, 59 (Gilgāmeš 5). In Robson, E. (ed.), Scholarly Writings from Assyria and Babylonia [working title]. Writings from the Ancient World. Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature [Selected contributions from ‘The Geography of Knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia: A Diachronic Analysis of Four Scholarly Libraries (GKAB)’ in ‘The Corpus of Ancient Mesopotamian Scholarship (CAMS)’. Directors: E. Robson, University of Cambridge, and S. Tinney, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology].
  • 2017. ‘Prayer and Praise in the City of Assur’. In Heffron, Y., Stone, A.B., and M.J. Worthington (eds),  At the Dawn of History: Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J. Nicholas Postgate, Volume 2. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns (forthcoming, April 2017).  
  • 2017. A Babylonian Calendar Treatise: Scholars and Invaders in the Late First Millennium BC. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming, late 2017).
  • 2018. ‘Ancient Near Eastern documents, myths and legends’, in K.J. Dell (ed.), The Biblical World. 2nd revised ed. London and New York: Routledge (forthcoming).

Further Info:

Doctoral Students

  • Bernardo Ballesteros Petrella, Divine Assemblies in Ancient Near Eastern and Early Greek Narrative Poetry. Co-supervisor with Dr Adrian Kelly.
  • L. Selena Wisnom, Intertextuality in Babylonian Narrative Poetry: Anzû, Enūma Elish, and Erra and Ishum. Supervisor. Awarded, University of Oxford 2015.
  • Moudhy Al-Rashid, Mental Symptoms in the Akkadian Diagnostic Handbook: A study of patterns in the description of depression, anxiety, and madness. Examiner with Dr Mark Weeden, SOAS. Awarded, University of Oxford 2015.
  • J. Nicholas Reid, Slavery in Early Mesopotamia from Late Uruk until the Fall of Babylon in the Longue Durée. Examiner with Dr Bertrand Lafont, CNRS, Paris. Awarded, University of Oxford 2014.
  • S. Zamazalová, Claiming the World: Geographical Conceptions and Royal Ideology in the Neo-Assyrian Empire, with Focus on the Reign of Sargon II (721-705 B.C.).  Examiner with Dr Mark Weeden, SOAS. Awarded, UCL 2013.
  • J. Tudeau, Assyrian Building Customs and Ideologies according to the Assyrian Royal Inscriptions and State Archives. Examiner with Dr Harriet Crawford, University of Cambridge. Awarded, University of Cambridge 2013.

 

 

  • Dr Frances Reynolds, BA, PhD (Birmingham)
  • Fellow and Tutor in Oriental Studies, Director of Studies in Oriental Studies (2007 - ); Shillito Fellow in Assyriology in the Faculty of Oriental Studies