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Dr. Irene Sibbing-Plantholt

Research Associate
Research Center of Ancient Studies / Einstein Center Chronoi

Otto-von-Simson-Str. 7
14195 Berlin

Tel: +49 (0)30 838-65553

Irene Sibbing-Plantholt studied Assyriology, Classics and Ancient Civilizations and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at Universiteit Leiden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017 she received her doctoral degree in Assyriology from the University of Pennsylvania. In her dissertation titled “The Image of Divine Healers: Healing Goddesses and the Legitimization of the asû in the Mesopotamian Medical Marketplace", she defines transitions in the role and appearance of Mesopotamian healing goddesses and investigates their relationship with scholarly healers in order to gain understanding of the Mesopotamian medical marketplace. During the 2017-2018 academic year she served as a lecturer in Akkadian at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2018 she is a wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the Berliner Antike-Kolleg/Einstein Center Chronoi.

Fields of Research

Social and Cultural History of ancient Mesopotamia, Social Time and Time Awareness in the Ancient World, Mesopotamian Religion, Social History of Medicine, Social and Medical Anthropology.



I. Sibbing-Plantholt, "Black Dogs in Mesopotamia and Beyond", in: D. Kertai/O. Nieuwenhuyse (eds.), From the Four Corners of the Earth. Studies in Iconography and Cultures of the Ancient Near East in Honour of F.A.M. Wiggermann. (AOAT 441; Münster 2017), 165-180.


I. Sibbing-Plantholt, "A New Look at the Kassite Medical Letters and an Edition of Šumu-libši Letter N 969", in: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 104(2) (2014) 171–181.


I. Sibbing-Plantholt, "Review of 'Das Handbuch Muššu’u 'Einreibung' ' edited by B. Böck", in: Bibliotheca Orientalis 70(1-2) (2013) 130-132.<


I. Sibbing-Plantholt, "Review of 'Advances in Mesopotamian Medicine from Hammurabi to Hippocrates. Cuneiform Monographs 37' edited by A. Attia/G. Buisson" , in: Bibliotheca Orientalis 68(3-4) (2011) 327-331.