Dr. Janine Wende

Dr. Janine Wende

Academic Staff

Goethestraße 2, Room 704
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37024
Fax: +49 341 97-37047


Janine Wende is Academic Assistant at the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Her responsibilities include teaching, student counselling, management of the institute's library, and academic administation. She has been working in teaching and research at the University of Leipzig since 2012. Her research focuses on Akkadian grammar and lexicography as well as the cuneiform languages and cultures from the 3rd and 2nd millennia BCE.

Professional career

  • since 01/2022
    Academic assistant at the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Leipzig University
  • 07/2017 - 12/2021
    Research fellow in the DFG-funded project "Supplement to the Akkadian Dictionaries" in the frame-work of the "Etymological Dictionary of Akkadian" project at Leipzig University.
  • 09/2012 - 06/2017
    Research assistant at the Altorientalisches Insitut Leipzig.• Research and education (Akkadian language)• Public relations• Student advisor• Planning of study programs
  • 10/2011 - 08/2012
    Student assistant at the Altorientalisches Institut Leipzig.
  • 10/2008 - 09/2011
    Student assistant (library assistant) at the Altorientalisches Institut Leipzig.


  • 01/2013 - 05/2021
    Doctorate on "Early Old Babylonian Grammar" under supervision of Prof. Dr. Michael P. Streck
  • 10/2010 - 09/2012
    MA in Assyriology (Leipzig and Leiden, The Netherlands).
  • 10/2007 - 09/2010
    BA in Egyptology (Leipzig).

Panel Memberships

  • 12/2013 - 10/2017
    Member of the study commission Ancient Studies
  • Akkadian Grammar
  • Akkadian Lexicography
  • the Old Babylonian Period
  • Supplement to the Akkadian Dictionaries
    Streck, Michael Peter
    Duration: 07/2013 - ongoing
    Funded by: DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
    Involved organisational units of Leipzig University: Altorientalistik
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more projects

  • Wende, J.
    Akkadian Emotion Terms
    In: Sonik, K.; Steinert, U. (Eds.)
    The Routledge Handbook of Emotions in the Ancient Near East. London: Taylor & Francis. 2022. p. Chapter 5
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  • Wende, J.
    In: Streck, M. P. (Ed.)
    Berlin/München/Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 2018. p. 170
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  • Wende, J.
    Berlin/München/Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 2015. p. 435
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  • Wende, J.
    Frühaltbabylonische Grammatik
    Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 2022
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  • Streck, M. P.; Wende, J.
    Supplement to the Akkadian Dictionaries Vol. 3: G, K, Q. With the collaboration of Bert Kouwenberg, Nadezda Rudik, Jonas Klöker and Frank Simons
    Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 2022
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more publications

Akkadian Language in general with special focus on the third and second millennia BCE.

  • The earliest Akkadian texts from Ereš and Ebla

    The seminar focuses on the earliest Akkadian texts dating to the Early Dynastic Period. The first text is the oldest Akkadian text known to us, the Hymn to Šamaš from Šuruppag and Ebla: ARET (Archivi Reali di Ebla Testi) 5, 6 and IAS (= OIP 99), 326(+ 342).

  • Texts from the Old Assyrian Period

    Introduction to Old Assyrian and reading course on texts from this corpus (summer term 2022)

  • Old Akkadian Royal Inscriptions

    Introduction to Old Akkadian and reading course on Old Akkadian royal inscriptions (advanced level; winter term 2021/22)

  • Old Babylonian Texts from Tell Leilan (Šubat-Enlil)

    Reading course on the Old Babylonian letters and treaties from Tell Leilan in the Habur triangle area (summer term 2021).

  • Introduction to the Akkadian (Babylonian-Assyrian) language and literature, and cuneiform II

    • Deepening of grammatical knowledge.
    • Reading of selected original text using hand-copies (parts of the Code of Hammurapi and Old Babylonian letters).
    • Deepening of the understanding of cultural and historical contexts of the textual record.

    The course was taught jointly with Elyze Zomer from 2013 - 2017 (summer term).

  • Introduction to the Akkadian (Babylonian-Assyrian) language and literature, as well as cuneiform I

    • Introduction to Akkadian grammar, specifically Old Babylonian.
    • Overview of genres of the cuneiform textual record.
    • A basic repertoire of cuneiform signs in the Old Babylonian ductus.

    The course text-book is M. P. Streck's "Altbabylonisches Lehrbuch".

    The course was taught jointly with Elyze Zomer from 2012 - 2016 (winter term).