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credentials and contact details

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).

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.