Welcome to The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies

The Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies was founded in 1980 by a group of specialists and interested public who shared an enthusiasm for the archaeology, literature, culture and history of Mesopotamia. Present-day members come principally from Canada and the United States, while scholarly institutions that subscribe to the Bulletin, now re-named the Journal, come from Canada, the USA, Europe, the Near and Far East.

CSMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heather D. Baker (President), Debra C. Foran (Vice President and Secretary), Roy Thomas (Treasurer), Stephen Batiuk, Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Jean-Philippe Delorme, Gayle Gibson, Arlette Londes, Maynard Maidman, Anne Porter, Bruce Power, Arthur Stefanski

Membership in the Society includes admission to lectures and Members' receptions, participation in the annual general meeting and a subscription to the Journal of the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies. Membership fees are partially tax deductible.

The purpose of the Society is to stimulate interest among the general public in the culture, history, and archaeology of Mesopotamia, in particular the civilizations of Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria, as well as neighboring ancient civilizations.

The Society was founded in 1980 and is a chartered non-profit organization with no political or ideological affiliations or functions.

The Society's activities include :

  • Public lectures and annual Symposium
  • Exhibitions and Research
  • Publication of the Journal/Bulletin



Douglas Ralph Frayne, 1951-2017

It is with great regret that we announce the loss of our colleague Douglas Ralph Frayne in December 2017. Douglas was a founding member of CSMS, and had served as its Vice-President and as Editor of its journal for several years.

We reproduce here the notice of a memorial service circulated by Prof. Harrison, Chair of NMC:

A memorial service will be held for Douglas Frayne at the Bloor Street United Church, located on the northwest corner of Bloor and Huron Streets in Toronto. The service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 12:30 pm (the sanctuary will be open from 12:00 pm). Further details regarding the name and address of the funeral home, and where condolences might be sent, will be forthcoming shortly.


Obituary
Douglas Ralph Frayne, former Associate Professor in the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and research editor of the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Project at the University of Toronto, and resident of the city of Toronto, died in December at the age of 66.

Douglas received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1974, where he had attended University College and majored in Near Eastern Studies. After receiving an MA from the University of Toronto in 1975, he began a PhD in Assyriology at Yale University and received that degree in 1981, writing his dissertation on "The Historical Correlations of the Sumerian Royal Hymns (2400-1900 BC)" under the supervision of W.W. Hallo.

In 1979 he began work as a research assistant and editor on the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Project, directed by A.K. Grayson, and from 1980 to 2006 he held the rank of Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor in the department of Near Eastern Studies (later Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations) at the University of Toronto. He continued to teach at the University of Toronto after than point as an Adjunct Professor and Sessional Lecturer. In addition to carrying on his own research, he also worked for a time as a Research Associate on The Neo-Babylonian Text Corpus from Ur Project, directed by P.-A. Beaulieu.

Douglas was a devoted professor and one who enjoyed teaching. He was a founding member of Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies and had served as its Vice-President and editor of it Journal for several years. He regularly attended the Oriental Club of Toronto, of which he had been a member for about 35 years and president 2000-2001. He was also a member of the American Oriental Society. He frequently presented papers at the annual meetings of the American Oriental Society, the Midwest meetings of the American Oriental Society, the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, and the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies.

Douglas was the author or co-author of the following books:
  • Presargonic Period (2700-2350 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Early Periods 1. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh. Norton Critical Editions. New York: W.W. Norton, 2001 (with B. Foster and G. Beckman).

  • Ur III Period (2112-2004 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Early Periods 3. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.

  • Sargonic and Gutian Periods. Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Early Periods 2. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

  • The Early Dynastic List of Geographical Names. American Oriental Series 74. New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1992.

  • Old Babylonian Period (2003-1595 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Early Periods 4. Toronto: University Toronto Press, 1990.

  • Assyrian Rulers of the Third and Second Millennia BC (to 1115 BC). Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia Studies, Assyrian Periods 1. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987 (with A. K. Grayson and G. Frame).
Douglas was particularly interested in geographical matters and from 2003 to 2006 held a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his work on an atlas of ancient Mesopotamia. At the time of his death, Douglas was working on a documentary film on Abraham ("The Patriarchal Chronicles: Abraham and his Sons in their Habur Landscape. Towards an Understanding of the Toponymy of Genesis and Exodus Based on the Evidence of Ancient Near Eastern Historical Geography Deriving Primarily from the Mari Texts and Modern Syrian Site Names") and, together with Dr. Johanna Stuckey, A Handbook of Levantine, Anatolian, Syrian, Mesopotamian and Elamite Gods and Goddess.

Douglas is survived by his two sisters, Jeanne Hill and Judy Frayne.

by Grant Frame








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Bienvenue à la Société canadienne des études mésopotamiennes

La Société canadienne des études mésopotamiennes fut fondée en 1980 par un groupe de spécialistes et de gens du grand public qui partageaient le même enthousiasme pour l’archéologie, la littérature, la culture et l’histoire de la Mésopotamie. Les membres actuels de la Société viennent surtout du Canada et des États-Unis, tandis que les institutions qui souscrivent au Bulletin, maintenant renommé Journal, sont au Canada, au États-Unis, en Europe, au Proche-Orient et en Extrême-Orient.

Les membres du Conseil d’administration de la Société
Heather D. Baker (President), Debra C. Foran (Vice President and Secretary), Roy Thomas (Treasurer), Stephen Batiuk, Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Jean-Philippe Delorme, Gayle Gibson, Arlette Londes, Maynard Maidman, Anne Porter, Bruce Power, Arthur Stefanski

Les membres de la Société peuvent assister aux conférences publiques et aux réceptions réservées aux membres, participer à l’Assemblée générale annuelle et recevoir le Journal de la Société. Les frais d’adhésion sont partiellement déductibles d’impôt.

Le but de la Société est de promouvoir l’intérêt du grand public pour la culture, l’histoire, et l’archéologie de la Mésopotamie, en particulier pour les civilisations de Sumer, de la Babylonie et de l’Assyrie, de même que pour les civilisations anciennes des environs.

La Société, fondée en 1980, est une société sans but lucratif sans affiliation ni but politique ou idéologique.

Les activités de la Société incluent :

  • Conférences publiques
  • Expositions et recherches
  • Publication d’un Journal (auparavant Bulletin)

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