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Nicole Brisch is an Assyriologist and Sumerologist. Her research interests include Mesopotamian literature, the socio-economic history of the Ur III period (ca. 2100-2000 BCE), and Mesopotamian religion. She is the author of Tradition and the Poetics of Innovation: Sumerian Court Literature of the Larsa Dynasty (c. 2003-1763 BCE) (2007) and the editor of Religion and Power: Divine Kingship in the Ancient World and Beyond (2008, 2nd printing 2012). Her current research is concerned with ritual and divinity in early Mesopotamia and economic aspects of religion.