Satria Amilius Quaijtaal

Predoctoral Fellow (Sep 2022-Feb 2026)

Satria Quaijtaal investigates commentaries on divinatory texts belonging to cuneiform scholarly traditions from first millennium BCE Mesopotamia. He is interested in the principles of epistemic practices prior to the emergence of natural philosophy and how their analysis might inform us about the ontologies underlying ancient knowledge systems.

Since cuneiform commentaries are the product of Assyrian and Babylonian scholars reflecting on already ancient textual traditions, Satria seeks to understand their epistemic and ontological interests by analyzing the methods and questions through which they studied the divinatory compendia pertaining to cuneiform culture. These lists of observations and predictions were structured, expanded, interpreted, and transformed by deliberating on the semantic principles of the cuneiform script. Consequently, all knowledge was produced within the cuneiform ontological framework.

By using the Python programming language, Satria aims to demonstrate how the commentaries refer to the cuneiform framework to explain the internal logic of divinatory reasoning. His goal is to arrive at a deeper understanding of ancient modes of thought.

Satria holds a BA and MA in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, completed at Freie Universität Berlin in 2017 and 2022. He wrote his MA thesis on “The Old Babylonian Syllabary of Akkadian Texts from Elam.”

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