Adam E. Miglio, Ph.D.


Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Associate Professor of Archaeology
On Faculty since 2009

Office: BGC 542
Phone: (630)752-5534


Ph.D. Ancient Near Eastern History, University of Chicago

M.A. Syro-Palestinian History, University of Chicago

M.A. Biblical Archaeology, Wheaton College

About Adam E. Miglio

I am interested in the history and archaeology of the regions from inland Syria and northern Iraq to the southern stretches of Palestine.  In particular, I have treated Akkadian texts from the ancient capital city of Mari (Tell Hariri), which was centrally located along the Euphrates River and connected the Syrian mountains and Mediterranean coastland with southern Mesopotamia and the southern Levant.  Mari flourished as a capital under its king Zimri-Lim from 1775– 1762, when Hammu-rabi of Babylon destroyed it. In the ruins left by Hammu-rabi excavators have recovered nearly 20,000 cuneiform tablets, including 2500-3000 diplomatic and other official correspondences. My research on the sources from Mari has focused on the ways in which the social and cultural matrices of Syria constrained and catalyzed politics during the second millennium B.C.  

In addition to my research on the sources from Mari, I have worked with material culture from the southern Levant.  In particular, I have published artifacts from Tel Dothan, including Middle Bronze Age scarab stamp sealings and Iron Age alphabetic epigraphic artifacts.  I continue to work with materials from this region, in particular, through work with the Tel Shimron Expedition.


My publications include a monograph, Tribe and State: The Dynamics of International Politics and the Reign of Zimri-Lim.  Studies in the Ancient Near East. Gorgias Press, 2014.  Additionally, I have published articles in several academic journals, including the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Vetus Testamentum, Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin, Journal of Old Testament Studies, and Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, among others. 

I have written reviews for the Journal for Near Eastern Studies, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and Journal of the American Oriental Society.

I am currently researching a history of ‘unruly’ populations during the Old Babylonian period, which focuses on the letters from Mari as well as other contemporary sources. 

Selection of Courses Taught

  • Ancient States: From Babylon to Rome (ARCH 554)
  • Society and Technology in the Ancient Near East (ARCH 494)
  • Ancient Near Eastern History (ARCH 365)
  • Tribes, States and Ancient Israel (ARCH 554)
  • Economies of the Ancient Mediterranean (ARCH 494)
  • Aramaic Dialects (ARCH 360/550)
  • Akkadian Language and Literature (ARCH 4/518)
  • Ugaritic Language and Literature (ARCH 411)
  • Landscapes of the Levant (ARCH 494)
  • Classical Hebrew Inscriptions (ARCH 550)
  • Statecraft and International Relations in Mesopotamia (NEHC 213) 

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