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I am an independent Dutch researcher and writer. I received the doctorandus (drs.) degree in Comparative and Historical Linguistics at Leiden University, The Netherlands (1999), specialising in the Indo-European and Semitic language families. This degree is equivalent to a Master's plus the coursework and comprehensive exams for a doctorate.

Between 2009 and 2021 I was a Consulting Scholar with the Near Eastern department of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, based in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, United States of America), but this was really a nominal position.

drs. Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs (e-mail)











The website was designed by Midnight Oil web design ( I also thank Ian Tresman for his support.


The Playful Planets: these colourful children's books with great artwork (which I proofread) touch on a number of simple mythological themes.