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Caroline Waerzeggers

Professor of Assyriology

Name
Prof.dr. C. Waerzeggers
Telephone
+31 71 527 2033
E-mail
c.waerzeggers@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Caroline Waerzeggers is Professor of Assyriology at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Research

I am an Assyriologist who focuses on the history of Mesopotamia in the first millennium BC. This was the time of Sargon, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, and Alexander the Great - a time of great political transformations that affected an immense area from the Mediterranean to the Indus. I am particularly interested in the establishment of the Persian Empire in Babylonia and the reactions that this process triggered among different social groups. My ERC Starting Grant project evaluated the Babylonian context of the Judean deportees who returned home after the fall of Babylon to build the Second Temple of Jerusalem. Currently, I am leading an ERC Consolidator Grant project on the Persian Empire and since January 2018, I am Director of the Netherlands Institute of the Near East.

Supervision

I am willing to supervise MA students on projects concerning any topic relating to the history of Mesopotamia from the Late Bronze Age to the Parthian period. For PhD projects, I welcome those interested in topics relating to the social and cultural history of Babylonia in the first millennium BCE.

CV

Education 
2001: PhD in Assyriology, Ghent University, Belgium 
1997: MA in Assyriology and Biblical Hebrew, Ghent University, Belgium 

Employment 
2018-2019: Director of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East, Leiden University
2016-present: Professor of Assyriology, Leiden University
2014: Senior Lecturer in Assyriology, Leiden University
2012: Lecturer in Assyriology, Leiden Unversity 
2010: Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History, University College London 
2006: Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History, VU University Amsterdam 
2005: Post-doctoral researcher (Project: “Borsippean Families”), FWF Austria, Vienna University 
2003: Post-doctoral researcher in START-project “The Economic History of Babylonia in the First Millennium BC” co-ordinated by Michael Jursa, FWF Austria, Vienna University 
2002: Post-doctoral researcher, BOF, Ghent University

PhD supervision

Topics relating to the social and cultural history of Babylonia.

Grants and awards

Professor of Assyriology

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Assyriologie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.20

Contact

  • Gross M.M., Seire M. & Waerzeggers C. (17 July 2018), Prosobab – Prosopography of Babylonia (c. 620–330) – an online database. 64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale “The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East” 16 7 2018-20 7 2018 [conference poster].other
  • Waerzeggers C. (2018), Introduction: Debating Xerxers’ Rule in Babylonia. In: Waerzeggers C., Seire M. (Eds.) Xerxes and Babylonia: The Cuneiform Evidence. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta no. 277 Leuven: Peeters. 1-18.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2018), Licht op de Babylonische Ballingschap, Met Andere Woorden 37(1): 46-55.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2018), Manuscript and archive: who wrote and read Babylonian chronicles?. In: Finck S., Rollinger R. (Eds.) Conceptualizing Past, Present and Future; Proceedings of the Ninth Symposium of the Melammu Project. Held in Helsinki / Tartu May 18-24, 2015. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag. 335–346.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2018), The network of resistance: archives and political action in Babylonia before 484 BCE. In: Waerzeggers C., Seire M. (Eds.) Xerxes and Babylonia: The Cuneiform Evidence. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta no. 277 Leuven: Peeters. 89-133.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. & Seire M. (Eds.) (2018), Xerxes and Babylonia: The Cuneiform Evidence Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta no. 277. Leuven, Paris and Bristol: Peeters Publishers.editorship of book
  • Waerzeggers C. (1 December 2017), De wilde jeugd der assyriologie (Inaugural address. Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Humanities, Leiden). Leiden: Universiteit Leiden.inaugural address
  • Waerzeggers C. (2017), Cuneiform Literacy and Control in the First Persian Empire [EABS-SBL meeting Berlin, 8 August 2017].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2017), A Window on the Exile: Colony, State, and Writing at Yahudu [17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 6 August 2017].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2017), Herodotus, Xerxes en de Babylonische opstanden van 484 v. Chr., Phoenix: Tijdschrift voor de archeologie en geschiedenis van het Nabije Oosten 63(2): 48–61.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2017), Collations of CUSAS 28, NABU 2017(3): 154-158.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (Ed.) (2017), Series Editor, Assyriological section Handbuch der Orientalistik.other
  • Waerzeggers C. (2017), The Prayer of Nabonidus in the Light of Hellenistic Babylonian Literature. In: Popović M., Schoonover M., Vandenberghe M. (Eds.) Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World. Leiden: Brill. 64-75.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2016), Cuneiform writing and control in the community of Al-Yahudu [SBL meeting 2016, San Antonio, 21 November 2016].conference paper
  • Nielsen J.P. & Waerzeggers C. (2016), Interactions between temple, king and local elites: the hanšû land schemes in Babylonia (8th-6th centuries BC).. In: Moreno Garcia J.C. (Ed.) Dynamics of Production in the Ancient Near East, 1300-500 BC.. Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books. 331-344.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (Ed.) (2016), Series Editor, Assyriological section Handbuch der Orientalistik.other
  • Waerzeggers C. (Ed.) (2016), Series Editor, Assyriological section Handbuch der Orientalistik.other
  • Waerzeggers C. (2016), The silver has gone: temple theft and a divided community in Achaemenid Babylonia.. In: Kleber K., Pirngruber R. (Eds.) Silver, Money, and Credit. A Tribute to Robartus J. van der Spek on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday on 18th September 2014. no. 128 Leiden: NINO. 73-85.book chapter
  • Silverman J.M. & Waerzeggers C. (2015), Assessing Persian Kingship in the Near East: An Introduction. In: Silverman J.M., Waerzeggers C. (Eds.) Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire. no. 13 Atlanta: SBL. 1-6.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2015), Facts, Propaganda, or History? Shaping Political Memory in the Nabonidus Chronicle. In: Silverman J.M., Waerzeggers C. (Eds.) Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire. no. 13 Atlanta: SBL. 95-124.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2015), Babylonian Kingship in the Persian Period: Performance and Reception. In: Stökl J., Waerzeggers C. (Eds.) Exile and Return: The Babylonian Context. no. 478 Berlin: De Gruyter. 181-222.book chapter
  • Stökl T.J. & Waerzeggers C. (Eds.) (2015), Exile and Return: The Babylonian Context Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft no. 478. Berlin: De Gruyter.editorship of book
  • Stökl T.J. & Waerzeggers C. (2015), Introduction. In: Stökl T.J., Waerzeggers C. (Eds.) Exile and Return: The Babylonian Context. no. 478 Berlin: De Gruyter. 1-6.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2015), Dating Cuneiform Literary Texts (Persian and Post-Persian Periods) [European Association of Biblical Studies annual conference, Cordoba, 15 July 2015].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers & C. (2015), The Neo-Babylonian chronicle about Sabium and Apil-Sîn: a copy of the text (BM 29440), Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2015(2): 85.article in journal
  • Silverman J.M. & Waerzeggers C. (Eds.) (2015), Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire no. 13. Atlanta: SBL.editorship of book
  • Waerzeggers C. (2015), Review Article of Laurie E. Pearce and C. Wunsch, Documents of Judean Exiles and West Semites in Babylonia in the Collection of David Sofer., 33: 179-194.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (Ed.) (2015), Series Editor, Assyriological section Handbuch der Orientalistik.other
  • Waerzeggers C. (2015), Shangu. In: Orlin E. (Ed.) Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. New York: Routledge. 868.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2015), Shatammu. In: Orlin E. (Ed.) Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. New York: Routledge. 689.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2014), “A Statue of Darius in the Ebabbar temple of Sippar”. In: Kozuh M., Henkelman W.F.M., Jones C. E., Woods C. (Eds.) Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper. Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization no. 68 Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. 323–329.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2014), Locating contact in the Babylonian exile: some reflections on tracing Judean- Babylonian encounters in cuneiform texts. In: Gabbay U., Secunda S. (Eds.) Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians and Babylonians in Antiquity.. 131-146.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2014), Marduk-remanni. Local Networks and Imperial Politics in Achaemenid Babylonia Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta no. 233. Leuven: Peeters.book
  • Waerzeggers C. (Ed.) (2014), Series Editor, Assyriological section Handbuch der Orientalistik.other
  • Waerzeggers C. (2014), Social Network Analysis of Cuneiform Archives: A New Approach. In: Baker H.D., Jursa M. (Eds.) “Social Network Analysis of Cuneiform Archives: A NeDocumentary Sources in Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman Economic History: Methodology and Practice. Oxford: Oxbow. 207-233.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2014), The Persian Kings in Hellenistic Babylonian Historiography [International Conference Political Memory during and after the Persian Empire, Leiden University, 18-20 June 2014].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2014), The plot thickens...On archival patterns and political factions in Babylonia in 484 BC [International workshop Xerxes and Babylonia: the Cuneiform Evidence, Leiden University, 15-17 Januray 2014].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2013), In de voetsporen van Marduk-rēmanni: Een Perzisch-Babylonische microgeschiedenis, Phoenix : bulletin uitgegeven door het Vooraziatisch-Egyptisch Genootschap Ex Oriente Lux 59(1): 3-19.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. & Stökl J. (2013), The Babylonian temple enterer and the Judean kohen - a comparative study [Jerusalem International Conference of Jewish Studies, 28 July - 1 Aug 2013].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2012), The Babylonian Temple Enterer [Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Amsterdam, 24 July 2012].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2012), The Network of Resistance [Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale 58 (Private and State in the Ancient Near East), Leiden, 18 July 2012].conference paper
  • Waerzeggers C. (2012), Happy Days: The Babylonian Almanac in Daily Life. In: Boiy T., Bretschneider J., Goddeeris A., Hameeuw H., Jans G., Tavernier J. (Eds.) The Ancient Near East, A Life! Festschrift Karel Van Lerberghe. Leuven: Peeters. 653-664.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2012), The Babylonian Chronicles: Classification and Provenance, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 71(2): 285-298.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2012), Very Cordially Hated in Babylonia? Zēria and Rēmūt in the Verse Account, Altorientalische Forschungen 39(2): 316-320.article in journal
  • Pirngruber R. & Waerzeggers C. (2011), Prebend prices in first millennium BC Babylonia, Journal of Cuneiform Studies 63: 111-144.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2011), The Babylonian Priesthood in the Long Sixth Century, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 54(2): 59-70.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2011), The Pious King: Royal Patronage of Temples. In: Radner K., Robson E. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 725-751.book chapter
  • Frame G. & Waerzeggers C. (2011), The prebend of temple scribe, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 101: 127-151.article in journal
  • Jursa M., Hackl J., Jankovic B., Kleber K., Payne E.E., Waerzeggers C. & Weszeli M. (2010), Aspects of the Economic History of Babylonia in the First Millennium BC. Economic Geography, Economic Mentalities, Agriculture, the Use of Money and the Problem of Economic Growth.. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.book
  • Waerzeggers C. (2010), Babylonians in Susa. The travels of Babylonian businessmen to Susa reconsidered. In: Jacobs B., Rollinger R. (Eds.) Der Achämenidenhof / The Achaemenid Court. Akten des 2. Internationalen Colloquiums zum Thema “Vorderasian im Spannungsfeld klassischer und altorientalischer Überlieferungen”, Landgut Castelen bei Basel, 23.-25. May 2007. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 777-813.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2010), KU 14: a Neo-Babylonian tablet about Susa in Amsterdam, Notes Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2010/45: 52-53.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2010), The Ezida temple of Borsippa: priesthood, cult, archives.. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten.book
  • Jursa M. & Waerzeggers C. (2009), On Aspects of Taxation in Achaemenid Babylonia: New Evidence from Borsippa. In: Briant P., Chauveau M. (Eds.) Organisation des pouvoirs et contacts culturels dans les pays de l’empire achéménide. Paris: Éditions de Boccard. 237-269.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2008), On the Initiation of Babylonian Priests, Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte 14: 1-23.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. & Siebes R. (2007), An Alternative Interpretation of the Seven-Pointed Star on CBS 1766, Notes Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2007/40: 43-45.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2006), Neo-Babylonian Laundry, Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 100: 83-96.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2006), The Carians of Borsippa, Iraq 68: 1-22.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2005), Neo-Babylonian Tablets in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, Akkadica 126: 133-158.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2005), The dispersal history of the Borsippa archives. In: Baker H.D., Jursa M. (Eds.) Approaching the Babylonian Economy: Proceedings of the START Project Symposium held in Vienna, 1-3 July 2004. Münster: Ugarit Verlag. 343-363.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2004), A misidentified daughter of Nabonidus, Notes Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2004/103: 104-104.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2004), The Babylonian Revolts Against Xerxes and the ‘End of Archives’, Archiv für Orientforschung 50: 150-173.article in journal
  • Jursa M., Paszkowiak J. & Waerzeggers C. (2004), Three Court Records, Archiv für Orientforschung 50: 255-268.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (2002), Endogamy in Mesopotamia in the Neo-Babylonian Period. In: Wunsch C. (Ed.) Mining the Archives. Festschrift for Christopher Walker on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday. Dresden: ISLET Verlag. 319-342.book chapter
  • Waerzeggers C. (2000), The Records of Inşabtu of the Naggāru Family, Archiv für Orientforschung 46/47: 183-200.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (1998), A new šangû at Neo-Babylonian Sippar, Notes Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 1998/122: 114-115.article in journal
  • Waerzeggers C. (1997), Le précatif: forme de politesse en néo-babylonien, Akkadica 101: 30-35.article in journal

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