Assistant Professor of Archaeology
On Faculty since 2009
Office: BGC 542
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 ways in which the social and cultural matrices of Syro-Mesopotamia constrained and catalyzed politics during the second millennium B.C. My research has focused on the cuneiform tablets recovered from the ancient capital city of Mari (Tell Hariri). The city of Mari was centrally located along the Euphrates River and connected the Syrian mountains and Mediterranean coastland with southern Mesopotamia. Mari flourished as a capital under the king Zimri-Lim from 1775-1762, until 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.
Tribe and State: The Dynamics of International Politics and the Reign of Zimri-Lim. Studies in the Ancient Near East. Gorgias Press, forthcoming, 2014.
"Epigraphic Artifacts from Tel Dothan." Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, forthcoming.
"Scarab-Stamped Impressions and Weaving at Middle Bronze Age Tell Dothan." Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, forthcoming.
"A Comparative Political History: Israel, Geshur and the 'Amurrite Age.'" Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, forthcoming.
"The Connotations of Letter-Writing in Syro-Mesopotamia and in Samuel and Kings." Biblische Notizen, forthcoming
"'Amurrite Age' Politics: An Intelligence Report about a Potential Rival to Zimri-Lim." Aram Periodical 27, forthcoming.
"A Study of KTU2 1.82 and Ugaritic Mythology." Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religion 13 (2013) 30-48.
"The Verb i-KU-PU-šum in the Shamash-Temple Brick Inscription." Antiguo Oriente 10 (2012) 115-124.
"Ordeal, Infidelity, and Prophetic Irony in Jeremiah 2.1-9.' SJOT 24:2 (2010) 222-234.
"Royal Inscriptions in the Wheaton College Archaeology Museum." in Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 4 (2010) §86.
Contributions to Edited Works
'Ebla,' 'Mari' and 'Emar' in the Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Eds. E. Orlin, L. Fried, N. Denzey Lewis, M. Satlow (forthcoming)
'Samsi-Addu' in World History Encyclopedia: Early Civilizations. Ed. Keven McGeough. ABC-Clio, 2011, pp 540-1.
Review of Kleines Wörterbuch des Ugaritischen, by Josef Tropper in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 71:1 (2012) 358-9.
Review of Critical Issues in Early Israelite History, eds. R.S. Hess, G.A. Klingbeil, and R.J. Ray Jr. in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 71:1 (2012) 356-8.
Review of Reading and Writing in Babylon, by Dominique Charpin in BASOR, 363 (2011) 90-1.
Review of The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem, by Oded Lipschits in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 69:2 (2010) 267-9.
Review of The Dictionary of the Ugaritic Language in the Alphabetic Tradition, by G. del Olmo Lete and J. Sanmartín in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 68:1 (2009) 51-3.
Review of The Social Roots of Biblical Yahwism, by Stephen L Cook and Chieftains of the Highland Clans , by Robert D. Miller in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 69:3 (2009) 216-8.
"Comparative Politics: Mari and the Bible" a paper given at the national meeting of the American School of Oriental Research, 2013 (Baltimore, MD), forthcoming
"A 9th century Bulla from Tel Dothan" a paper given at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2012 (Chicago, IL)
“Tribes, States, and Geopolitics during the Reign of Zimri-Lim” a paper given at the national meeting of The American School of Oriental Research, 2011 (San Francisco, CA)
“Political Authority during the Amorite Age: Punning about a Potential Rival to Zimri-Lim” a paper given at the Aram Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies at Oxford University, 2011 (Oxford, United Kingdom)
“Political Refuges and Politics in Mesopotamia,” a paper given at the 2010 Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians (Salt Lake City, UT)
“Tribes, States, and Ancient Israel,” a paper given at the Ancient Near East Society at Brigham Young University, 2010 (Provo, UT)
“Kinship, Society, and Politics in the Amurrite World,” a paper given at the Ancient Societies Seminar of the University of Chicago, 2007 (Chicago, IL)
“Rhetoric and Ideology in the International Relations of Zimri-Lim,” a paper given at the 2006 Meeting of the Midwest American Oriental Society (Madison, WI)
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Oriental Society
- American Schools of Oriental Research
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Ancient States: From Babylon to Rome (ARCH 554)
- 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)
- Biblical Hebrew I-II (HEBR 301-2)
- Museum Installations (ARCH 3/516)
- Statecraft and International Relations in Mesopotamia (NEHC 213)