Institut für die Kulturen des Alten Orients

Subject areas

At IANES you will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the ancient Near East in all its complexity. You can choose between three subjects – Egyptology, Assyriology, and Near Eastern Archaeology.
Near Eastern Archaeology begins with the Neolithic Revolution and the onset of sedentism in the so-called Fertile Crescent, while textual sources first appear during the 3rd millennium BC and provide an immense wealth of written material in numerous languages – Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Hurrian, Elamite, Ugaritic, Aramaean, Phoenician-Punic, Old Persian, Coptic, and many more.
The ancient speakers of these different languages were in close contact with one another, rather like their modern-day researchers at IANES. Long-standing and close interconnections of the institute's three subject areas have made the IANES a place especially well suited for studying the peculiarities of these cultural areas as well as the cultural contacts linking them together.