dr. W.F.M. (Wouter) Henkelman

  • Room nr:14a-00
  • E-mail:w.f.m.henkelman@vu.nl
  • Unit:fac. der geesteswetenschappen (gesch/oudh/k&c)
  • Position:Researcher

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Research interests:

History and culture of the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire; Elamite language and culture, particularly that of the first millennium BC; Persian and Elamite religion; Intercultural receptivity of literary motifs and themes and the history of the comparative approach.


  • The Persian Empire; 2009/10)
  • Initiation aux archives des Fortification de Persépolis (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)



  • Publication and contextualisation of c. 7000 Elamite texts (in cuneiform), part of the Persepolis Fortification Archive, a corpus dating to c. 500 BC that may be considered the central, primary source of for the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire. 
  • Edition of the Elamite version of the Bīsotūn inscription of Darius the Great as part of an international cooperation aimed at creating a new synoptic edition of the Elamite, Old Persian, Akkadian and Aramaic versions of Bīsotūn 
  • Processes of acculturation and integration in pre-Achaemenid Iran: the genesis of the ‘Persian’ identity.




  • 2006, The Other Gods Who Are. Studies in Elamite-Iranian Acculturation Based on the Persepolis Fortification Texts (dissertation Leiden), Leiden.
  • 2008, The Other Gods Who Are. Studies in Elamite-Iranian Acculturation Based on the Persepolis Fortification Texts = Achaemenid History XIV, Leiden [herziene en uitgebreide versie van Henkelman 2006] Download


  • in print; with R. Nauta], Gilgameš en Griekenland (= Lampas 2009)
  • forthcoming with C.E. Jones, M. Kozuh & C. Woods, Extraction and Control. Studies in Honour of M.W. Stolper, Chicago.
  • 2008 with P. Briant & M.W. Stolper, L’archives des Fortifications de Persépolis. État des questions et perspectives de recherches (Persika 12), Paris. Download
  • 2003 with A. Kuhrt, A Persian Perspective: Essays in  Memory of Heleen Sancisi-Weerdenburg (Achaemenid History XIII), Leiden
  • 2001 with H. Sancisi-Weerdenburg, T. Bakır, G. Gürtekin & P. Briant, Achaemenid Anatolia. Proceedings of the first International Symposium on Anatolia in the Achaemenid Period, Bandırma 15-18 august 1997 (PIHANS 92), Leiden.

Articles, translations, a.o. : see extended publication list

Other activities

  • chargé de conférences, section des Sciences historiques et philologiques (Parijs)
  • co-director of the Achemenet project" http://www.achemenet.com
  • co-director of the Musée Achéménide Virtuel et Interactif. http://www.museum-achemenet.college-de-france.fr
  • series editor of Achaemenid History (monograph series on Achaemenid Studies)
  • editor-in-charge of ARTA (Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology
  • member of the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project advisory board
  • organiser (with R. Rollinger) of the Bīsotūn Project
  • member Groupe de Recherches 2538 Réseau international d’études et de recherches achéménides (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Parijs)
  • member associate onderzoekschool OIKOS (Dutch National Graduate School in Classical Studies)
  • member Unité mixte de recherche 7192 Monde Iranien et Indien (Parijs)
  • Fellow, Dutch Institute of the Near East (NINO)
  • Research Associate, the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago


Persepolis Fortification archive:

Achemenet, ARTA, Musée achéménide

Achaemenid History



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