Department of Ancient History

Dr Louise Pryke

Dr Louise Pryke imageLecturer
BA University of Sydney (Hons), PhD University of Sydney

Contact Details:
Telephone: +61 2 9850 8886
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 513
Email: louise.pryke@mq.edu.au

Profile

Dr Pryke is a Lecturer for the Languages and Literature of Ancient Israel. She received a B.A. with Honours in Ancient History from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. Her PhD explored the vassal correspondences in the Amarna Letters (a diplomatic correspondence between New Kingdom Pharaohs and their representatives in the Levant). Dr Pryke was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship between 2007-2010. She is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Classics and Ancient History and the Department of Hebrew Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney.

Dr Pryke has taught courses on Biblical Poetic Books, Biblical Prophetic Texts, Apocalyptic Literature, Wisdom Books, Greek and Roman Myth, Ancient Greek Religion and Historiography. In 2011 she was awarded the Dean's Citation for Excellence in Tutorial Teaching. Dr Pryke is committed to using her research skills for outreach. In 2015, Dr Pryke worked as a Volunteer Exhibition Researcher at the Sydney Jewish Museum, for the upcoming Holocaust Exhibition. She has also volunteered with Sydney University's Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery.

Research Interests:
Languages and Literature of Ancient Israel, Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Ancient Near Eastern Myth, Epic and Narrative, Hebrew Bible, Ishtar, Gilgamesh, Animality in the Ancient World, the Amarna Letters, Ancient Diplomacy and Communication.

Current Research Projects 

  • Revising PhD Thesis into book manuscript "Empire in Balance: Egyptian Foreign Policy under Akhenaton."
  • Book on Gilgamesh for Routledge's Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World Series
  • Book on Ishtar for Routledge's Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World Series

Publications

  • Ishtar: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World Series, Routledge (forthcoming, 2017)
  • Scorpion. Animal Series, Reaktion Books
  • "Religion and Humanity in Mesopotamian Myth and Epic." In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion, (in press, 2016).
  • "Sex, Lies and Beautiful Eyes: Divine Communication and Premarital Relations in Sumerian Poetry." In Communications in the Ancient Near East Mini-Conference Proceedings (under review).
  • "The Bull of Heaven: Animality and Astronomy in Tablet VI of the Gilgamesh Epic."Aram Periodical (in press, 2016)
  • "Trade Routes and Fierce Disputes: The Disruption of Trade Routes in the Amarna Letters."  Aram Periodical, 27 (1&2), 2015: 45-50.
  • "The Many Complaints to Pharaoh of Rib-Addi of Byblos." Journal of the American Oriental Society 131/3, 2011: 411-422.

Presentations

  • The Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney (2016) Friends of the Nicholson Museum Lecture: "The Sacred Scorpion: Myth, Monarchy and Magic."
  • Macquarie University (2015) Ancient History Mini-Conference: Communications in the Ancient Near East
    • Paper: "Milk and Honey: Speech and Imagery in Sumerian Love Poetry."
  • University of Oxford (2014) 39th International Conference of the Aram Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies
    • Paper: "The Bull of Heaven: Animality and Astronomy in Tablet VI of the Gilgamesh Epic."
  • 223rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society (2013), Portland, OR.
    • Paper:  "Coherency and Cows: The Depiction of Ishtar in the Gilgamesh Epic."
  • University of Oxford (2011) 30th International Conference of the Aram Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies        
    • Paper: "Trade Routes and Fierce Disputes: The Disruption of Trade Routes in the Amarna Letters."     
  • 221st Meeting of the American Oriental Society (2011), Chicago, IL.
    • Paper:"Even Apiru Dogs Have Their Day: A Comparison of Abdi-Ashirta and Aziru."