Paul Garelli

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Paul Garelli
Born23 April 1924
Died8 July 2006(2006-07-08) (aged 82)

Paul Garelli (23 April 1924[1] – 8 July 2006) was a French Assyriologist, directeur de recherche au CNRS, professor at the Sorbonne and the l'EPHE, a member of the Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres and professor at the Collège de France.

Early life[edit]

Paul Garelli was born in Croydon, London. He spent his early years in Switzerland and Istanbul, where his father was director general of the Ottoman Bank.


He did his graduate studies in Geneva and Paris. He obtained a BA in economics and in 1951 the degree of the École pratique des hautes études (historical and philological studies section).


He would return to the EPHE in 1974 as director of studies at the IVth section.

In 1958, Paul Garelli joined the Centre national de la recherche scientifique where he became a research fellow in 1967 at the head of the Archaeology and history section of the Assyrian-Babylonian countries. He was part of the National Committee of the CNRS.[2]

A Doctor of Letters (History) in 1963, he was a lecturer and professor at the Sorbonne from 1967 to 1986. He taught history of the peoples of the Semitic East.

Paul Garelli was a member of the Société Asiatique (1972) and of the international committee of Ebla (Rome) (1977) and president of the François Thureau-Dangin group (1975).

In 1982, he was electer ordinary member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres then, in 1986, professor of Assyriologie at the Collège de France.


  • 1963: Les Assyriens en Cappadoce, Maisonneuve,
  • 1974: Les Empires Mésopotamie-Israël (en coll.), reprint 1997
  • 1990: L'Assyriologie, PUF, coll. "Que sais-je?",
  • 1997–2002 : Le Proche-Orient asiatique, PUF : volume 1, 1997, with Jean-Marie Durand and Hatice Gonnet ; volume 2, 2002, with André Lemaire


  • Dominique Charpin and F. Joannès (dir.), Marchands, diplomates et empereurs, Études sur la civilisation mésopotamienne offertes à Paul Garelli, Paris, 1991


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