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Dr. Sophus Helle

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Associated Researcher

Associated Member, Research Area 3: "Future Perfect"

Freie Universität Berlin
EXC 2020 Temporal Communities
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 15
Room 02.12
14195 Berlin

Sophus Helle is a cultural historian and translator specializing in the poetry of ancient Iraq, especially the Babylonian epics. He holds an MA in Assyriology from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Aarhus University. In 2019, he translated the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh into Danish with the poet Morten Sondergaard, and his English translation of the same epic appeared in October 2021 with Yale University Press. He is currently completing a book on Enheduana, the first known author, which will include an English translation of her collected poems. He has published widely on premodern authorship; ancient gender, sexuality, and affect; narrative structures in Babylonian poetry; and more. He is a regular contributor to the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen, for whom he reviews new translations of premodern literature.