Mikko Luukko
Curriculum Vitae

Personal details

Mikko Luukko

Department of History

University College London

Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT





Born March 22, 1968 in Helsinki

Citizenship: Finnish.


Academic education

1993-2000 Undergraduate studies in Assyriology, General Linguistics and Semitic and Arabic Studies at the University of Helsinki.

1997-1998 Undergraduate studies as an exchange student at the Free University of Berlin.

13/06/2000 MA in Philosophy (discipline: Assyriology) awarded (eximia cum laude approbatur)

2001-2004 Postgraduate studies in Assyriology at the University of Helsinki.

15/06/2004 PhD awarded (magna cum laude approbatur).

Grants and academic employment

1997-2001 Research assistant for “The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project”, University of Helsinki.

2001-2004 PhD Grants of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Graduate School of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of the University of Helsinki and the University of Helsinki.

2005, 2007 Lecturer at the Dipartimento de Discipline Storiche, Artistiche e Geografiche of the University of Verona.

2006-2007 Post-Doc Grants of the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Ehrnrooth Foundation.

01/10/2008– Researcher in the Arts & Humanities Research Council funded four-year research project “Mechanisms of Communication in an Ancient Empire: The Correspondence between the King of Assyria and his Magnates in the 8th Century BC” at the Department of History, University College London (www.ucl.ac.uk/history/research/mechanisms)


Qualification works

1.1 Kieliopillinen variaatio uusassyrialaisissa kirjeissä. MA thesis, University of Helsinki 2000.

1.2 Grammatical Variation in Neo-Assyrian. PhD dissertation, University of Helsinki 2004.

Authored books

2.1 with G. Van Buylaere, The Political Correspondence of Esarhaddon = State Archives of Assyria 16 (Helsinki 2002).

2.2 Grammatical Variation in Neo-Assyrian = State Archives of Assyria Studies 16 (Helsinki 2004).

edited books

3.1 with S. Svärd – R. Mattila, Fs Parpola = Studia Orientalia 106 (Helsinki 2009). [in press]

Articles and book chapters

4.1 “Idiomatic Meanings of šiddu in Neo-Assyrian.” State Archives of Assyria Bulletin 11 (1997 [app. 1999]) 31-35.

4.2 with G. Van Buylaere: “Verbal Paradigms.” In J. Hämeen-Anttila, A Sketch of Neo-Assyrian Grammar = State Archives of Assyria Studies 13 (Helsinki 2000) 142-163.

4.3 “The Administrative Roles of the “Chief Scribe” and the “Palace Scribe” in the Neo-Assyrian Period.” State Archives of Assyria Bulletin 16 (2007 [app. 2008]) 227-256.

4.4 with S. Gaspa “A Bibliography of Neo-Assyrian Studies (1998-2006).” State Archives of Assyria Bulletin 17 (2008 [app. 2009]) 189-257.

4.5 with S. Svärd: “Who Were the “Ladies of the House” in the Assyrian Empire?” In Fs Parpola (2009) 279-294. [in press]

4.6 “Akkadian (Language).” In H.-J. Klauck et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin – New York 2009). [in press]

Contributions to reference works

5.1 S. Parpola, The Standard Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh = State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Texts 1 (Helsinki 1997). [editorial assistant]

5.2 Numerous entries in The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (Helsinki 1998-).

5.3 Associate editor in S. Parpola – R. M. Whiting (eds.), Assyrian–English–Assyrian Dictionary (Helsinki – Winona Lake, IN 2007).

Short notes

6.1 “How Could the Assyrian King Enter Babylon Conciliatorily?” Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2007, no. 71.


Papers presented

“The Administrative Role of Chief and Palace Scribes” (20.10.2005) in Verona

“On the ‘Deputies’ of the Neo-Assyrian Empire” (30.3.2007) in Verona

“Neo-Assyrian Grammar: Theoretical and Practical Issues” (22.5.2007) in Udine

Conferences organized

(assisting Prof. S. Ponchia)

International Workshop: Administration and Ideology in the Ancient Near East

March 29-30, 2007, Verona


Introductory Neo-Assyrian (Oct.-Nov. 2005) in Verona

Old Assyrian Merchants in Anatolia (Apr.-May 2007) in Verona

On the History of the Hittites (May 2007) in Verona

Neo-Assyrian Royal Inscriptions (Mar., May 2007) in Verona

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