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Sofja Kovalevskaya awardee for LMU

München, 09/05/2017

Assyriologist Enrique Jiménez has received a Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize and is joining Professor Karen Radner’s department in the School of History at LMU.

EnriqueJimenez_200_webAssyriologist Enrique Jiménez has received one of this year’s Sofja Kovalevskaja Prizes awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Worth up to 1.65 million euros over the course of 5 years, the Sofja Kovalevskaja Prize is one of Germany’s most prestigious awards for research. Enrique Jiménez now plans to set up an independent research group at LMU. His host will be Karen Radner, Humboldt-Professor of the History of the Ancient Near and Middle East.

Enrique Jiménez is a specialist in the decipherment of cuneiform texts. Written on clay tablets with a wedge-shaped reed stylus, cuneiform is the oldest known form of writing and a major source of our knowledge of the Ancient Near East. The vast majority of the texts discovered by archaeologists, and deposited in museums and other institutions, remain unpublished. Jiménez is one of the researchers involved in the assembly of an easily accessible digitalized corpus of these texts. At Karen Radner’s institute, he and his colleagues will analyze a set of texts comprising approximately 10,000 lines, which are now dispersed in museum collections throughout the world, and publish them in digital form.

Enrique Jiménez studied Classical and Hebrew Philology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and went on to specialize in Assyrian Studies at various institutions, including Yale University in New Haven, where he contributed the Cuneiform Commentaries Project.

This year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has awarded Sofja Kovalevskaja Prizes to six junior researchers from abroad. The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony on the November 15th 2017.

For more information on Professor Karen Radner’s research, see:

The Imperatives of Empire (05.13.2015)