East Side Story. Susa under the Sukkalmah Dynasty (2013-2017)

East Side Story. Susa under the Sukkalmah Dynasty (1930-1450 BC): a Prosopographical Study.

From the 4th millennium BC onwards, Western Iran has been a region of contact between civilizations: those of the Iranian highlands (Elam) on the one hand, and Mesopotamia on the other. Being the focal point in these contacts, the city of Susa in the Susiana plain close to Mesopotamia soon developed into a thriving multicultural metropolis. This basic duality of cultures evolved throughout the 2nd millennium BC, a result of a continuous interaction and balancing between foreign (Mesopotamian) and local (Elamite) traditions, values, influences and even conquests. The cultural mix of Mesopotamian and Elamite elements is not only perceptible in the onomasticon of the city population, showing the ethnical complexity that is to be expected in a border region, but pervades various cultural phenomena and political institutions, such as language and writing, legal and administrative customs and practices.

The aim of the research project is to gain insight in the multicultural Susian society and its evolution during the first half of the second millennium BC on the basis of the contracts, administrative documents and letters studied via the prosopographical approach.

Within this project, drs. Giacomo Luigi Morandoe will study the ethnical composition of the urban population of Susa during the Sukkalmah period in the framework of a PhD research.


drs. Giacomo Luigi Morando

Prof Dr Katrien De Graef