Adam E. Miglio, Ph.D.

Assistant 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 Levant– the regions from inland Syria to the southern stretches of Palestine. In particular, my research has focused on the ways in which the social and cultural matrices of Syria constrained and catalyzed politics during the second millennium B.C. I have primarily treated Akkadian texts 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 and the southern Levant. 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. I have also work on aspects of the material culture in the southern Levant, especially artifacts from Tel Dothan.


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.  Also, I have published articles in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Journal of Old Testament Studies, and in the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections as well as in other academic journals. 

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

Selection of Courses Taught

  • 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)
  • Statecraft and International Relations in Mesopotamia (NEHC 213)