Gustavo Fernandes Pedroso


St John's College


DPhil Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Assyriology and Biblical Studies)

Educational Background: 

I hold a BA in History from NOVA University Lisbon (2017-2020) and an MPhil in Cuneiform Studies from the University of Oxford (2020-2022). I am currently undertaking a DPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies which is funded by an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-St John’s College Scholarship. My supervisors are Dr. Frances Reynolds and Dr. Laura Quick.

Research Interests:

Akkadian; Biblical Hebrew; Poetry; Literature; Religious History

My DPhil research focuses on the poetics of Akkadian and Biblical Hebrew pious sufferer compositions and penitential prayers. I explore the use of poetic form in first-millennium BC Akkadian and Hebrew poetic compositions and how it can reflect their contexts of use and performance.

Conference Papers:

“Expressões Poéticas das Identidades Divinas nas Orações Penitenciais Acádicas”, I Colóquio do Fórum de Pós-Graduandos/as do CHAM, NOVA University Lisbon & University of the Azores, (2-4 November 2023)

"Poetic Form in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and Similarities in Job”, Text, Form and Redaction in Job Conference, University of Tartu, (21-24 September 2023)

“Marduk’s Emotional Duality in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and Akkadian Penitential Prayers”, ICAEM 2023, University of Tartu, (2-4 June 2023)

“Anger and Mercy: The Conflicting Attitude of Marduk in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and Akkadian Penitential Prayers”, OPCA 2023, University of Oxford (23-24 March 2023)


"Marduk’s Emotional Duality in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and Akkadian Penitential Prayers", Proceedings of ICAEM 2023 (forthcoming; Springer)

“Parallel Stanza Structuring in Ludlul bēl nēmeqi and the Babylonian Theodicy”, Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires (forthcoming March 2024)