Susanne Paulus

Assistant Professor of Assyriology

The Oriental Institute 317

PhD. University of Münster, 2011. Teaching at Chicago since 2015

Susanne Paulus is Assistant Professor for Assyriology. Her main research focus is on the Social, Legal and Economic History of the Ancient Near East, especially of the Middle Babylonian Period/Kassite Period (1500–1000 BC). Despite its wealth of surviving information, this period is one of the lesser studied of Babylonian history, although it’s bridging function between the epochs of Old and Late Babylonian times, which are much better understood, is clearly acknowledged.

Only 10 to 15 % of the rich material (more than 12.000 texts) from cities like Babylon, Nippur and Ur is published in an accessible way. On the basis of an accurate edition of new or badly published archival material, she describes and analyzes problems linked to those texts.One goal of her research is to edit and quickly publish these texts in a renowned online database. She combines traditional methods of archival reconstruction with newer instruments like Historic Social Network Analysis to reconstruct archival contexts, family structures, administrative organization and finally the social-political and economic landscape of Babylonia.

Her interest does not only cover the internal structure and administration, institutions and daily life, but also its history, chronology, international relations and intellectual heritage of Babylonia.


2011                      PhD in Ancient Near Eastern Philology/Assyriology, University of Münster

2006                     M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Philology/Assyriology (major), Egyptology, Cultural Management                                                        (minors), University of Münster

2002-2006         M.A. studies in Ancient Near Eastern Philology/Assyriology (major), Egyptology, Cultural                                                                  Management (minors), University of Münster

Some publications

Most of my articles are available on my academia-page:


  • 2014. 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.


  • 2015. “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.; 207–226: Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • 2014. “Die Arbeitskräfte von Nippur. Eine Mikrostudie zum 13. Jh. v. Chr.” In Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische RechtgeschichteVol. 20: 215–248.
  • 2014. “Babylonien in der 2. Hälfte des 2. Jt. v. Chr. – (K)ein Imperium? Ein Überblick über Geschichte und Struktur des mittelbabylonischen Reiches (ca. 1500-1000 B.C.)” In Imperien und Reiche der Weltgeschichte, M. Gehler, R. Rollinger eds.; 45–100. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
  • 2013. “Beziehungen zweier Großmächte – Elam und Babylonien in der 2. Hälfte des 2. Jt. v. Chr. Ein Beitrag zur internen Chronologie.” In Susa and Elam. Archaeological, Philological, Historical and Geographical Perspectives. Proceedings of the International Congress held at Ghent University, December 14-17, 2009. Mémoires de la Délegation en Perse Vol.58. K. de Graef, J. Tavernier eds.; 429–449. Leiden, Boston: Brill.
  • 2013. “The limits of Middle Babylonian Archives.” In Archives and archival documents. Proceedings of the meeting “Legal Documents in Ancient Societies IV. Archives and Archival Documents in Ancient Societies”, Trieste, 30. Oktober-1. November 2011. M. Faraguna ed.; 87–103. Trieste: Edizioni Università di Trieste.