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Owen, David I

Bernard and Jane Schapiro Professor of Ancient Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

Curator of Tablet Collections

The Jonathan and Jeannette Rosen Ancient Near Eastern Studies Seminar

Department of Near Eastern Studies

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phone: 607/254-1256
room: White Hall, Room 414

Department Appointments

  • Near Eastern Studies (NES)

Graduate Fields

  • Archaeology
  • Near Eastern Studies

Other Affiliations

  • Religious Studies Program (RELST)

Overview

David I. Owen (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1969) is the Bernard and Jane Schapiro Professor of Ancient Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Curator of Tablet Collections in the Jonathan and Jeannette Rosen Ancient Near Eastern Studies Seminar and Tablet Conservation Laboratory. In addition to extensive archaeological fieldwork in Turkey Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel fro 1961-1988, he has published widely in cuneiform studies, with over 100 articles and reviews, five volumes of cuneiform texts, and numerous edited books. He is the founder of the series, Studies on the Civilization and Culture of Nuzi and the Hurrians (Eisenbrauns and CDL Press) begun in 1981, and edited first with Professor Martha A. Morrison (Brandeis University and Boston College) and then with Professor Gernot Wilhelm (Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg) through its eighteenth volume in 2009. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology (CUSAS), begun in 2007, with over twenty volumes of cuneiform texts and studies of Cornell University and other collections texts, published to date. Professor Owen teaches course in Sumerian, Akkadian languages, Near Eastern History and archaeology and is currently on phased retirement, teaching half time.

Research

  • Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology
  • Assyriology
  • Sumerology

Selected Publications

BOOKS AUTHORED (Published and Forthcoming):
  • 2012/13 Unprovenanced Texts Primarily from Iri-Saĝrig/Āl-Šarrākī and the history of the Ur III Period, Volumes I-II (Nisaba, Studi Assiriologici Messinesi, Vol. 15). DiSc.A.M.: Messina, in preparation.
  • 2011 Garšana Studies (Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology, Vol. 6), Bethesda: CDL Press. PP. xi + 457.   
  • 2009  An Analytical Concordance to the Garshana Archives (with Alexandra Kleinerman, Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology, Vol. 4), Bethesda: CDL Press. Pp. x + 793.   
  • 2007  The Garshana Archives (with Rudolf H. Mayr and Alexandra Kleinerman, Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology, Vol. 3.), Pp.  xvi + 550 + 35 Plates.
  • 1991   Neo-Sumerian Texts from American Collections (Materiali per il     Vocabolario Neosumerico, Vol. 15). Rome: Unione Accademica Nazionale - Multigrafica Editrice. Pp. xi + 168 + 63 plates (copies) + xxvi plates (photos).   
  • 1982   Selected Ur III Texts from the Harvard Semitic Museum (Materiali per il Multigrafica Editrice. Pp. 44 + 54 plates (copies).   
  • 1982   Neo-Sumerian Archival Texts Primarily from Nippur in the University Museum, the Oriental Institute and the Iraq Museum: Catalogue and Texts. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. Pp. xiii + 83 + 213 plates (copies) + x plates (photos).   
  • 1975   The John Frederick Lewis Collection Texts from the Third Millennium in     the Free Library of Philadelphia (Materiali per il Vocabolario Neosumerico, Vol. 3). Rome: Unione Accademica Nazionale - Multigrafica Editrice. Pp. 33 + cvi plates (copies) + 19 plates (photos).   
  • 1970   "The Loan Documents from Nuzu." 1969 Ph.D. Dissertation Brandeis University (Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, No. 7012,031). Pp. ix + 193.