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Troels Pank Arbøll

Assistant Professor in Assyriology, University of Copenhagen

My research focuses on microhistorical approaches to ancient Mesopotamian medicine in order to gain a deeper understanding of ancient medical practices. I am also interested in ancient conceptions of illness, the reality behind medical ingredients, contagion and epidemics, as well as the iconography of demons and animals. I am currently preparing an edition of a number of mainly unpublished cuneiform manuscripts with magical and medical content excavated in Hama (Syria) by a Danish expedition from 1931-1938.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Researcher in Assyriology, University of Copenhagen


  • 2017 
    University of Copenhagen, the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, PhD in Assyriology