Nicla De Zorzi

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Assyriologist Nicla De Zorzi focuses on “scholarly” literature of ancient Mesopotamia, in particular from the 1st millennium BC. The ERC Starting Grant project sheds new light on essential aspects of this particular kind of literature and the worldview on which it is based. In particular, the researchers will focus on the innovative question of how the culturally specific analogical worldview, according to which similar things (and words) are interconnected and interact with each other in a never-ending network, is reflected in the structure of literary, magical and mantic texts. This will help create a deeper understanding of the functions of this kind of literature.