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Johannes Bach M.A.


Ancient Languages and Texts (ALT)


2012 2017
Stipendiat der BerGSAS

2011 – 2012     
Stipentdiat des DFG-Forschungsprojektes "A Scientific Approach to the text from Hattusha/Boghazköy and other Ancient Near Eastern Sites"

Seit 2010     
Freie Kooperation mit der Uni Halle

Abschluss in Assyriologie, Alte Geschichte und Vergleichende historische Sprachwissenschaft als M.A.

2003 – 2010     
Studium der Germanistik, Alten Geschichte, Assyriologie und vergleichende historische Sprachwissenschaft

1990 – 2003     
Schulbesuch, Abitur am Gymnasium Fridericianum Erlangen (humanistisch)

Geboren in Erlangen

Studies of the Assyrian Royal Narrative’s Transtextual Poetics

The project researches the transtextual poetics of the Assyrian lordly-narrative texts in a diachronic-analytical approach.

In the first part of the study modern inter- and transtextual theories are discussed and evaluated. For the textually pragmatic approach taken in the present study it is most feasible to use the theoretical works of Gérard Genette. Based on the works of Genette a methodology comprising five analytical steps is developed in connection to the theory section. A discussion of Genette’s theory of genre, the so-called ‚architextuality‘ ensues, which also draws on his works on narrativity. The theory of architextuality is applied to the object of investigation of the study, which in turn gets analysed correspondingly for the Old and Middle Assyrian periods. Here the analysis of the content section takes up the most space, its results are collected in an attached register. Concluding the first part a subcomponent of the Middle Assyrian architext, the continuously developing‚ agricultural pictorial language of the texts, is discussed exemplarily using Jurij Lotman’s theory of the semiosphere.

The second part comprises two Neo Assyrian case studies carried out according to the methodology developed in the first part. The first case study deals with the text TCL 3 (‚Sargon’s Eighth Campaign‘). The exquisite intertextual poetics of the piece are analysed, put into comparatistic perspective and evaluated. The results support the arguments concerning the ritual embeddedness of the text recently made by Pongratz-Leisten 2015. The second case study examines the text Esh. 1 (= RINAP 4.1), also known as the ‚Apology of Esarhaddon‘. This piece is also analysed and evaluated corresponding to the developed method. As the required cultural-poetic comparison would in this case exceed the present works boundaries, Esh. 1 is summarily evaluated and put into context with the Sargonid and older Assyrian lordly-narrative texts of the 1st millenium BCE instead. The thesis closes with a summary and an evaluation of the carried out research, an overview of future research possiblities and an emphasis of the scientific added value provided by the present study.

This dissertation project was successfully completed within the Research Group B-4 Space – Identity – Locality. The Construction of Knowledge related Identity Spaces of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi.

Besprechung von CLeO 4 I. Madreiter: "Stereotypisierung – Marginalisierung – Indifferenz", in: WZKM 104 [forthcoming].

Besprechung von CleO 3 Rollinger et al. (Hrsg.): "Herodot und das persische weltreich", in: WZKM 103, 2013.

"Berossos, Antiochos und die Babyloniaka", in: AWE 13 [im Druck].