Dr. C. (Caroline) Waerzeggers

  • Associate professor
  • Assyriology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2033
E-Mail: c.waerzeggers@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES Assyriologie
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04a

Fields of interest

I am an Assyriologist and historian of Mesopotamia with a focus on 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 project evaluates the Babylonian context of the Judean deportees who returned home after the fall of Babylon to build the Second Temple of Jerusalem. My forthcoming book offers a microhistory of a society in transition by focusing on a single man whose life spanned the critical period of regime change from Nabonidus to Xerxes.


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

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

Key publications

Marduk-rēmanni: Local Networks and Imperial Politics in Achaemenid Babylonia (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 233) Leuven: Peeters, 2014 [in press; xix + 620 pp.]

The Ezida temple of Borsippa: priesthood, cult, archives. Achaemenid History
vol. 15. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, 2010.

“The Pious King: Royal Patronage of Temples in the Neo-Babylonian Period” in OxfordHandbook of Cuneiform Cultures (eds. E. Robson & K. Radner 2011) Oxford: 725-51.

“The Babylonian Priesthood in the Long Sixth Century,” Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 54/2 (2011): 59-70.

“The Babylonian Chronicles: Classification and Provenance,” Journal of Near Eatern Studies (forthcoming 2012)

Marduk-rēmanni. Local Networks and Imperial Politics in Achaemenid Babylonia (forthcoming 2013; Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Leuven: Peeters)


MA Society of Mesopotamia and Anatolia
BA Introductory Akkadian

Grants and awards

- ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant (2009-2014)
- FWF Austria Research Grant (2005-2006)
- BOF Research Grant Ghent University (2002)
- FWO Flanders PhD Research Grant (1997-2001)
- several travel grants FWO Flanders (1997-2001)

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