Maria Teresa Renzi-Sepe ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Altorientalischen Institut der Universität Leipzig.


Persönliche Daten

Geboren am 22. Oktober 1992 in Fondi, Italien.


Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • Seit Oktober 2017: Promotion an der Uiversität Leipzig. Thema: Astralisation of Mesopotamian Gods: The case of the Pleiades.

  • 2014-1017: Master of Arts Archäologie an der Universität "La Sapienza", Rom. Thema der Abschlussarbeit: Adad, tempesta instancabile: la divinità dei fenomeni atmosferici nella cultura cuneiforme.

  • 2011-2014: Bachelor of Arts Archäologie an der Universität "La Sapienza", Rom. Thema der Abschlussarbeit: L'uso dei termini relativi al concetto di rumore e silenzio nella letteratura sumero-accadica



Promotionsstipendium der Gerda Henkel Stiftung


Abstract des Promotionsvorhabens

The proposed project aims at describing and analysing the Astralization of the constellation of Pleiades, as reflected in Mesopotamian Literature. The Pleiades represent one of the earliest instances of a group of "astralized" gods and for which many unpublished cuneiform texts and fragments are available. These stars are among the most visible to the naked eye, and they are perceived in Ancient Mesopotamia as a group of "seven". The task of describing and analysing the role of Pleiades will be accomplished by focusing on three main aspects. First, the practical function of the constellation in cuneiform astronomical/astrological sources, as a setting tool for the Mesopotamian calendar. Then, a collection and study of all the references about the Pleiades in literary texts, such as prayers, rituals, reports, letters, and omens, followed by an edition and study of the relevant Enūma Ānu Enlil tablets to the Pleiades. Part of the last aspect will involve collecting tablets in the British Museum and other museums, providing copies and photos in order to reconstruct the original text. The study will be framed by an introductory chapter on the development of the cult of Pleiades and by a final chapter which summarises the foregoing investigation and describes the role of the Pleiades in comparison with other West Semitic cultures, in the sky as much as on earth from a wider perspective. Furthermore, a study on the astronomical lexicon and the terminology used in omens will be added, to highlight specific features and the development of a first language that might be addressed as "scientific".