A Journal of History, Environments, and Cultures of the Ancient Near East

The project of this Journal was conceived some years ago by some of the members of the present-day Scientific Committee. It was aimed at filling what we perceived as a relative void in periodical publications, not only in view of the advance of historical studies on the Ancient Near East in general, but also as regards the particular significance that this branch of research has taken on in Italy.

The title Kaskal (the Sumerian logogram for Akkadian harranu, hulu, "road, path") is a reminder of the relevance that is nowadays attributed to a spatial and dynamic outlook on Antiquity and to the problems of cultural interrelationships regarding the Ancient Near East.

The "roads" to which ideal reference is made are those that pass through "dense" spaces: these may be either fully inhabited spaces, or abandoned spaces (and thus replete with history), or even liminary spaces connecting different environments and cultures. This Journal is thus planned to cover a geographical area, which may even reach beyond the traditional borders of the Near East to include bordering regions, if this proves useful to pinpoint specific connections, influences, and relationships.

Moreover, while we are convinced of the indispensable autonomy of the individual branches of research, we aim at maintaining solid ties between historical and archaeological studies, exactly because we believe that the ongoing dialogue between historians and archaeologists is bringing about meaningful revisions of the respective outlooks on Antiquity.

We also aim at making this Journal an international Journal specifically open to younger researchers on the Ancient Near East, for whom we require and expect broader opportunities in fieldwork and research. They are the co-travelers that henceforth Kaskal hopes to find most often on its path.

The Scientific Committee

All articles published in Kaskal have undergone a peer-review process
ISBN 978-88-97530-27-5 / ISSN 1971-8608

Last issue

Volume 16 - 2019

  • 1 BIEKE MAHIEU, The Synchronisation within and between the Dynasties of Akkad, Uruk IV, and Gutium
  • 27 JAN GERRIT DERCKSEN, New Fragments and Joins to Published Emar Tablets
  • 53 LIVIO WARBINEK, Was the Hittite MUNUSENSI a Dream Interpretress?
  • 75 ENRIQUE JIMÉNEZ et al., From the Electronic Babylonian Literature Lab 1–7
  • 95 JEANETTE C. FINCKE, Additions to Already Edited Enūma Anu Enlil (EAE) Tablets, Part VI: the Lunar Eclipse Omen from Tablets 21-22 Published by Rochberg-Halton in Afo Beih 22
  • 133 NADAV NA’AMAN, A Recently Unearthed Assyrian Road Station (Bît Mardîti) Near Tel Aphek
  • 139 Papers presented at the International Conference on Scholarship as Literature: Internal Mechanisms of Text Generation and Rhetorics in Scholarly Texts and Series from Ancient Mesopotamia and Neighbouring Cultures
  • 141 JAY CRISOSTOMO, Creating Proverbs: The Listing Scholarship of the Sumerian Proverbs Collecions
  • 159 NICLA DE ZORZI, Literature as Scholarship: Some Reflections on Repetition with Variation and the Construction of Meaning in the Šamaš Hymn 112-117
  • 183 CÉLINE DEBOURSE, Debita Reverentia: Understanding Royal Humiliation in the New Year’s Festival Texts
  • 201 URI GABBAY, The Production and Transmission of Sumerian Emesal Litanies in Their Historical and Cultic Contexts
  • 221 ULLA KOCH, Principles of Astrological Omen Composition – Some Challenges or Reverse Engeneering the Astrological Hermeneutics
  • 237 JUDITH PFITZNER, The Use of ELLUM, EBBUM, and NAMRUM in the Sign List Diri
  • 254 ABRAHAM WINITZER, History as Scholarship in the Early Babylonian Divination Literature (Part 1)
  • 279 Papers Presented at the VIU 2018-2019 Advanced Seminar in the Humanities on “Literature and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece, Rome and the Near East”
  • 281 SZILVIA SÖVEGJÁRTÓ, What Does the Fox Say? Considerations on the Character Type of the Fox in the Sumerian Literature
  • 293 BEATRICE BARAGLI, Abracadabra Incantations: Nonsense or Healing Therapies?
  • 323 ALEXANDER JOHANNES EDMONDS, On the Trail of Na’id-ŠîḪU
  • 349 SOPHUS HELLE, A Literary Heritage: Authorship in the Neo-Assyrian Period
  • 373 ELLIE BENNETT, “I am a Man”: Masculinities in the Titulary of the Neo-Assyrian Kings in the Royal Inscriptions
  • 393 ANGELIKA KELLNER, Kings, Officials and Priestesses, Chronographic Lists as Cornerstones of Chronology in Greece and in the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • 409 SHANA ZAIA, All that Glitters: Gold in the Royal Ideology of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • 431 SAKI KIKUCHI, Hemerologies and their Transmission in Ancient Mesopotamia: the Case of Hemerologies for the Seventh Month
  • 453 GIOELE ZISA, Going, Returning, Rising: the Movement of the Organs in the Mesopotamian Anatomy