Dean, Humanities Division and the Chauncey S. Boucher Distinguished Service Professor of Assyriology
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Martha T. Roth is Dean of Humanities and the Chauncey S. Boucher Distinguished Service Professor of Assyriology. She is the Editor-in-Charge of the 26-volume Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, the first volume of which was published in 1956; the last volume was published in 2011. She served as Deputy Provost for Research and Education from 2004 to 2007.
Roth researches and publishes on the legal and social history of the ancient Near East. Her primary interests are on family law and on women’s legal and social issues, and on the compilation and transmission law norms. Among her monographic publications are The Series An-ta-gal = Saqu, Materials for the Sumerian Lexicon 17 (Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 1985); Babylonian Marriage Agreements, 7th–3rd Centuries b.c., Alter Orient und Altes Testament 222 (Kevelaer: Butzon und Bercker, 1989); and Law Collections from Mesopotamia and Asia Minor, SBL Writings from the Ancient World (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995; 2nd edition 1997; 2nd rev. edition 2000). Currently she is working on a project on Mesopotamian law cases.
Roth joined the University faculty in 1980 as Assistant Professor after a one-year research associateship in the Oriental Institute. She received a B.A. in 1974 from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in 1979 from the University of Pennsylvania.
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