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Gonzalo Rubio

Gonzalo Rubio

Associate Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and History

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Office Phone: (814) 863-4946


  1. PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1999
  2. MA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1997
  3. Licentiate, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1993
  4. Licentiate, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1992


Dr. Rubio is an Assyriologist whose work focuses on the languages and literatures of Ancient Mesopotamia (Sumerian and Akkadian).  His research and publications deal with Sumerian grammar and literature, early Semitic languages (particularly Eblaite), comparative Semitic linguistics, the cuneiform writing system, Mesopotamian history, and various aspects of language and cultural contact in the Ancient Near East. His edition of the Sumerian literary corpus from the Ur III period will be published soon. He is currently working on a project on Early Dynastic literary texts from Ebla and Mesopotamia, for which he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2012-13). He is also finishing a volume on Sumerian grammar, as well as coordinating and editing a large handbook of Ancient Mesopotamian studies to be published by De Gruyter. Dr. Rubio is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, at New York University.  He is also the editor-in-chief of the monograph series Languages of the Ancient Near East (published by Eisenbrauns) and Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Records (published by De Gruyter).

Recent Publications:

"Semitic Influence in the History of Latin Syntax," in New Perspectives on Historical Latin Syntax, I (ed. P. Cuzzolin & P. Baldi. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2009), pp. 195-239.

"Sumerian Literature," in From an Antique Land: An Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Literature (ed. C.S. Ehrlich. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), pp. 11-75.

"Scribal Secrets and Antiquarian Nostalgia: Writing and Scholarship in Ancient Mesopotamia," in Reconstructing a Distant Past (Fs. Silva, ed. D. Barreyra & G. Del Olmo. Barcelona: Ausa, 2009), pp. 153-180.

"Sumerische Literatur," in Kindlers Literatur Lexikon (3rd ed. Munich: Metzler, 2009), vol. 15, pp. 749-758.

"Reading Sumerian Names, I: Ensuhkešdanna and Baba," in Journal of Cuneiform Studies 62 (2010), 29-43.

"Gods and Scholars: Mapping the Pantheon in Early Mesopotamia," in Reconsidering the Concept of Revolutionary Monotheism (ed. B. Pongratz-Leisten. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2011), pp. 87-112.

"Reading Sumerian Names, II: Gilgameš," in Journal of Cuneiform Studies 64 (2012): 3-16.

"Time before Time: Primeval Narratives in Mesopotamian Literature," in Proceedings of the 56th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (Eisenbrauns), in press.

Awards and Service:

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012-2013)
Resident Scholar, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University (2010)

Recent Courses:

CAMS105 - History of the Ancient Near East
CAMS471 - Sumerian
CAMS472 - Akkadian
CAMS521 - Advanced Akkadian