Simo Parpola

Simo Parpola (born 4 July 1943) is a Finnish Assyriologist specializing in the Neo-Assyrian Empire and Professor emeritus of Assyriology at the University of Helsinki (retired fall 2009).


Simo Parpola studied Assyriology, Classics and Semitic Philology at the University of Helsinki, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the British Museum in 1961-1968. He completed his PhD in Helsinki and began his academic career as wissenschaftlicher Assistent of Karlheinz Deller at the Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients[2] of the University of Heidelberg in 1969. Between 1973 and 1976 he was Docent of Assyriology and Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, and from 1977 to 1979 Associate Professor of Assyriology with tenure at the Oriental Institute[3] of the University of Chicago. He was appointed Extraordinary Professor of Assyriology at the University of Helsinki in 1978 and has directed the University’s Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project[4] since 1986. He taught at the University of Padua as Visiting Professor in Spring 1995, and worked as Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University[5] in 1999. He contributed to the compilation of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary from 1982 until its completion in 2010 and partook in the Ziyaret Tepe archaeological expedition as Senior Epigraphist in 2001-2006.


The main focus of Parpola's research has been on the study of the Neo-Assyrian Empire in all its aspects (language, literature, history, geography, society, religion, royal ideology and sciences), but he has also contributed to the study of the Indus script, Sumerian language, Jewish mysticism and Assyrian identity in post-empire times, among others. In 1986 he initiated a long-term international research project to edit Neo-Assyrian sources (The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project),[6] which has resulted in a 19-volume series of standard text editions (State Archives of Assyria)[7] and in a digital corpus of texts written in the Neo-Assyrian language. The published series contains cuneiform texts, transcriptions and translations of first hand records written by civil servants, professionals and administrators and are considered to be an important source accessible to scholars of many disciplines. In 1998, Simo Parpola started the Melammu Project, an interdisciplinary project that investigates the continuity, transformation and diffusion of Mesopotamian culture in the classical world and thereafter.

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  1. Kuka kukin on. Who's who in Finland. Helsinki, Finland: Otava. 1998. pp. 663–664. ISBN 951-1-14344-1.
  2. "Institut für Assyriologie Universität Heidelberg". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  3. "The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  4. Neo-Assyrian Corpus Project at the University of Helsinki
  5. "The Institute for Advanced Studies". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  6. Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project, see, retrieved 2016-05-17
  7. State Archives of Assyria, see, retrieved 2016-05-17
  8. See Finnish pages of the Finnish Union of University Professors,, retrieved 2016-05-17
  9. "J. V. Snellman -palkinto | Helsingin yliopisto". Helsingin yliopisto. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  10. American Oriental Society, honorary members:, retrieved 2016-05-17
  11. Annual Repot 2014 of Heureka Science Center

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