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Dr Christopher Metcalf
MA Edin, MPhil DPhil Oxf

Offices:

Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature, Faculty of Classics
Fellow and Tutor, The Queen's College

Address:

The Queen's College
Oxford
OX1 4AW

Email: christopher.metcalf@queens.ox.ac.uk

Dr Christopher Metcalf

Profile:

Born to Anglo-German parents, I grew up in continental Europe and west Africa. In 2003 I came to Britain to study classical and ancient Near Eastern languages in Edinburgh, Oxford and London, graduating with a DPhil in Classics from the University of Oxford in 2013 (the thesis has been published as The Gods Rich in Praise: Early Greek and Mesopotamian Religious Poetry, OUP 2015). Thinking that I might become a journalist, I got some work experience at the BBC’s French-language African radio station in London and at a German broadsheet, the F.A.Z., in Frankfurt. But my interest in teaching and research prevailed, and my first academic appointment was at SOAS, University of London, where I taught as a substitute for the Professor of Babylonian, A R George, in 2012-13. I returned to Oxford as Junior Research Fellow in Lesser Known Languages and Scripts of the Ancient World at Wolfson College (2013-16), and held a postdoctoral research fellowship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany, before joining Queen's in October 2016.

Research Keywords:

Early Greek poetry; literatures of ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia; history of religion

Research Interests:

My research interests concentrate on early Greek literature and on the languages of the ancient Near East. I am currently completing an edition of unpublished Sumerian literary texts of the early second millennium BC, and am planning a study of comparative approaches to the Homeric epics. In the longer term I have agreed to write a new history of Hittite literature for the 'Handbuch der Orientalistik'-series (Brill).

Selected Publications:

'Old Babylonian Religious Poetry in Anatolia: From Solar Hymn to Plague Prayer', Zeitschrift für Assyriologie, Vol: 105, (2015), 42-53.

The Gods Rich in Praise: Early Greek and Mesopotamian Religious Poetry, (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015).

'Babylonian Perspectives on the Certainty of Death', Kaskal: Rivista di storia, ambienti e culture del Vicino Oriente antico, Vol: 10, (2013), 255-67.

'New Parallels in Hittite and Sumerian Praise of the Sun', Die Welt des Orients, Vol: 41, (2011), 168-76.