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Elia Joël Weber M.A.


Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road (Silk Road)


Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Institut für Iranistik
Fabeckstraße 23-25
14195 Berlin

01/2023  03/2023
Praktikum University of Oxford: Mitarbeit im Projekt World History of Ritual, Teilprojekt von Seshat: Global History Databank.  Projektleiter: Harvey Whitehouse, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography

Since 05/2022
PhD student at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Iranian Studies and Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera Glera

10/2019 – 09/2021
M.A. in Indo-European Studies, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Martin Joachim Kümmel, Dr. Matilde Serangeli

08/2020 – 04/2022
Honours Programme for Future Researchers, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena

06/2020 – 04/2022
Research Assistant, Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

11/2020 – 02/2022
Tutor for Latin, Institut für Altertumswissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

02/2018 – 06/2018
Exchange student (Erasmus+), Facultad de Filología, Universidad de Salamanca

09/2016 – 07/2019
B.A. in Classics (Laurea Triennale), Università degli Studi di Milano
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Francesco Dedè

The ritual practice of animal sacrifice in pre-islamicate Zoroastrianism

Avestan and Middle Persian, as well as a few non-Indo-Iranian sources clearly state the existence of animal sacrifices in pre-islamicate Zoroastrianism. My PhD project aims to deliver a comprehensive study of this ritual practice based on the available written and archaeological sources. The slaughtering, consecration, offering and consumption of an animal and its parts are to be described and analyzed within the larger Zoroastrian liturgical setting. The comparison with the corresponding Vedic rituals will also allow insights into how the ancient Zoroastrian practice may have looked like.