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Curriculum Vitae

Experience and Honors

  • 2016–2020 Research staff of the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship for the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East.
    Research specialist for the Munich Open-access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative, under the supervision of Prof. Dr Karen Radner and Dr Jamie Novotny. Projects: Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (RIAo), Ancient Records of Middle Eastern Polities (ARMEP).
  • 2019-2020
    Cambridge-LMU Strategic Partnership, “Teaching and Researching the Assyrian Empire: Benchmarking Best Practice at Cambridge and Munich.” Participant in a joint research initiative between the University of Cambridge and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, along with Dr Selena Wisnom (Cambridge), Prof Dr Enrique Jiménez, Dr Alexa Bartelmus, Dr John Caleb Howard, and Dr Jamie Novotny (LMU), under the leadership of Dr Martin Worthington (Cambridge) and Prof Dr Karen Radner (LMU), 2019-present.
  • 2013–2017 Editorial staff (Munich) of the Reallexikon der Assyriologie und Vorderasiatsche Archäologie, ed. Prof. Dr. Michael P. Streck.
  • 2012–2013 Post-Doc Fellowship from the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 933 “Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of Writing in Non-Typographic Societies” at Heidelberg Universität, from November 15th 2012 to May 15th 2013.
    Project: Documentum, Monumentum. The Assyrian Royal Inscriptions: Written Monuments and Monuments to Writing.
    Advisor: Prof. Dr Markus Hilgert.
  • 2012 Post-Doc Scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst at Leipzig Universität, from February 1st to April 30th.
    Project: The Frontiers of the Neo-Assyrian Empire.
    Advisor: Prof. Dr Michael P. Streck.
  • 2007–2010 Course assistant for Prof. Claudio Saporetti and Dr. Salvatore Viaggio in years 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010 at Centro Studi Vicino Oriente, Istituto Gonzaga, Milano.
  • 2003 Erasmus Fellowship University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts, Institute for Asian and African studies, from January 1st to June 30th.

Digital Humanities

  • 2019-2022 Scientific Adviser for the project: Landscapes of Writing: Text Geomapping and Large-Scale Analysis of the Cuneiform Corpus (c. 3400 BC to 100 AD), led by Jakob Andersson and Rune Rattenborg, University of Uppsala Department of Linguistics and Philology, in the frame of the initiative Mixed methods: development of innovative methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
    Duration of the project: 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2022
  • 2016-2020 Grayson, A. Kirk; Morello, Nathan; Novotny, Jamie, Royal Inscriptions of Assyria online (
    Lemmatization of all the inscriptions edited in A.K. Grayson, Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Assyrian Periods (RIMA) vol. 1–3 (1987-1996). Initial updating of editions and translations.
    Writing of introductory pages in RIAo, including numbers of pages for each ruler (and inscriptions) included in the volumes (with the assistance of Giulia Lentini, Yehonatan Hershkovitz and Poppy Tushingaham).
    (see below for detailed list)

Training and technical support

  • Training sessions (in person or via Skype) of Lemmatization and Web-page building with Oracc using the following programs: Cyberduck (for Mac and PC), Aquamacs (for Mac), Emacs (for PC), Terminal (for Mac), PuTTy (for PC).
  • 2020 Ashurbanipal Library Project (
    Page editor: Jonathan Taylor, British Museum, London.
  • 2019-2020 ATAE: Archival Text of the Assyrian Empire (not public, yet)
    Page editor: Poppy Tushingham, LMU Munich.
  • 2019 Amulets, Corpus of amulets stone texts (not public, yet)
    Page editor: Krisztián Simkó, Freie Universität, Berlin.
  • 2019 Asn2: Database of Ashurnaṣirpal II’s “Standard Inscription” exemplars (
    Page editor: Caleb Howard, University of Cambridge.
  • 2019 Glossario online accadico-italiano dai testi quotidiani neoassiri (not public, yet)
    Page director: Silvia Salin, University of Verona.
  • 2018 Three-day Training Workshop on how to create and manage an Oracc project to the team of the Cuneiform Inscriptions of Private individuals online (CIPo), led by Jakob Andersson, at Department of Linguistic and Philology, Uppsala, 10-12 October.
  • 2018-2020 CIPo (Cuneiform Inscriptions of Private individuals online) not public, yet.
    Page editor: Dr. Jakob Andersson, University of Uppsala
  • 2018-2020 ADsD (Astronomical Diaries Digital:
    Page editor: Dr. Reinhard Pirngruber
  • 2017-2019 RNTA (Royal Narrative Texts of Assyria) not public, yet.
    Page editor: Dr. Johannes Bach, University of Helsinki
  • 2017-2019 RIBo (Royal Inscriptions of Babylonia online) Babylon 7 (
    Page editor: Dr. Frauke Weiershäuser, LMU Munich
  • RIBo, Babylon 2 (
    Page editor: Dr. Frans van Koppen, LMU Munich
  • eCUT (electronic Corpus of Urartian Texts) (
    Page editor: Dr. Birgit Christiansen, LMU Munich


  • 2008–2011 Ph.D. in History of Ancient Near East at Università degli Studi di Udine, dottorato in Scienze delle Antichità XXIII ciclo
    Dissertation: Fortificazioni di frontiera neoassire (Neo-Assyrian Frontier Fortifications).
    Advisor: Prof. Frederick Mario Fales.
  • 1998–2007 MA in Semitic Philology (Università degli Studi di Torino, Faculty of Arts) MA thesis: Forte Salmanassar. Testi Accadici e Aramaici nel Contesto Topografico (Fort Shalmaneser: Akkadian and Aramaic Texts in the Topographical Context).
    Advisors: Prof. Fabrizio A. Pennacchietti and Prof. Frederick M. Fales.
    Grade: 110/110 cum laude and dignity of publishing.
  • 1998 High School Leaving Examination Liceo Classico Massimo d’Azeglio, Torino, Italy.
    Grade: 51/60

Conference and International workshops organization

  • 2019, March 26th-29th Member of the organization team of “Computational Approaches to Prosopography and Lexicography of Royal Inscriptions, Archival Records, and Literary Texts of the First Millennium BCE,” International workshop of the LMU-UC Berkeley Research in the Humanities Collaboration Project, led by J. Novotny and K. Radner (LMU) and D. Bamman and N. Veldhuis (UCB). LMU Munich.
  • 2018, July 18th “The Munich Open-Access Cuneiform Corpus Initiative (MOCCI): New Approaches to Cuneiform Studies,” “Digital Humanities Session” at 64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale “The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East”, Universität Innsbruck. Organized with Jamie Novotny, and Frauke Weiershäuser.
  • 2018, July 6th-10th Member of the organization team of “The Interplay of Prosopography, Astronomy, and Graphology: Reassessing the Neo-Assyrian Royal Correspondence
    in the Age of Digitisation,” International workshop of the LMU-UC Berkeley Research in the Humanities Collaboration Project, led by J. Novotny and K. Radner (LMU) and D. Bamman and N. Veldhuis (UCB). LMU Munich.
  • 2014, July 22nd “Beyond Military: Fortifications and Territorial Strategies in the Ancient Near East”, workshop held at the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale “Fortune and Misfortune,” Warsaw. Organized with Cinzia Pappi and Simone Bonzano.

Archaeological experience and fieldwork

  • 2015 Ashdod-Yam (Israel), first season of excavations: Architecture Analyst and Head-Tutor of the Italian team (University of Tel Aviv, Director: Dr. Alexander Fantalkin).
  • 2013 Ashdod-Yam (Israel), second season of excavations: Architecture Analyst and Head-Tutor of the Italian team (University of Tel Aviv, Director: Dr. Alexander Fantalkin).

Service to the Profession

  • 2020 Editorial board, Archidoxa. Collana di Storia delle Religioni (Roma, Italy)
  • 2020 Contributor of PLEIADES (
  • 2017-2020 Peer-reviewer, Akkadica, BH5, CADMO - Revista de História Antiga, Digital Biblical Studies, Brill.


  • Research languages: Akkadian, Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Ancient Greek.
  • Modern Languages: Italian (native), English, Modern Hebrew, German. Reading knowledge of French, Spanish, Portuguese

Professional Membership

  • International Association of Assyriology