Peter Zilberg

Peter Zilberg

Iranian Studies

Near Eastern History
Political Economy


Current Projects: 

My current project deals with the socio-economic history of the Parthian Empire (247 BCE- 224 CE), mainly through an analysis of legal, administrative and literary texts. The project examines issues such as ethnic composition, social hierarchies, land management, labour, capital, markets and inter-regional trade in three key areas of the Parthian empire: The imperial capital of Nisa (Mithradatkirt) and its rural hinterland, Babylonia and the Parthian frontier regions.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants

  • 2020- Fulbright Post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • 2016- 2019- The Rotenstreich scholarship for PhD students.

  • 2015-2017- Member of the research group: “A Question of Identity”, The Mandel-Scholion Research Center.


  • 2014-2019:  Ph.D. in Assyriology, The department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dissertation topic: At the Gates of all Nations:  A study of displaced and migrant minority groups in the center of the Persian Empire (Advisor: Prof. Wayne Horowitz).

  • 2017- Visiting scholar at the Oriental Institute, University of Vienna.

  • 2015- Visiting scholar to the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. 

  • 2012-2014: M.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Assyriology and Archaeology, The department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Thesis topic: The Neo-Assyrian Presence in the Southern Levant- Social and Economic Aspects. (Advisors: Prof. Wayne Horowitz and Prof. Yossef Garfinkel)   

  • 2009-2011: B.A. (Magna cum Laude) in Assyriology and Archaeology, The department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected Publications

Co-authored books

  • Horowitz W., Oshima T., Sanders S., with Bloch, Y., Safford, J., Wilson, J. and Zilberg, P., 2018, Cuneiform in Canaan- The Next Generation, University Park, Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns.

  • Garfinkel Y., Kreimerman I., and Zilberg P., 2016, Debating Qeiyafa: A Fortified City in Judah from the Time of King David, Jerusalem: The Israel Exploration Society.

  • Horowitz W., Greenberg Y., and Zilberg P., with Pearce L. and Wunsch C., 2015, By the Rivers of Babylon- Cuneiform Documents from the Beginning of the Babylonian Diaspora (In Hebrew), Jerusalem: The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and the Israel Exploration Society.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Zilberg, P., and Levavi, Y., 2019, A New Legal Compendium from the Eanna archive, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie 109 (1): 75-89.

  • Zilberg, P., Pearce, L. and Jursa, M., 2019, Zababa-šar-uṣur and the Town on the Kabar Canal, Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 113: 175-179.

  • Golub, M., and Zilberg, P., 2019 From Jerusalem to Āl-Yāhūdu: Judean Onomastic Trends from the Beginning of the Babylonian Diaspora, Journal of Ancient Judaism 9: 312-324.

  • Zilberg P., Lands and Estates around āl-Yāhūdu and the Geographical connection with the Murašû Archive, Archiv für Orientforschung 54 (In press).

  • Siddall, L. R., Horowitz, W., Zilberg, P., 2018, Old Babylonian clay bullae from Lagaba in the Australian Institute of Archaeology and other collections, Buried History 54: 11-15.

  • Lambert†, W.G. and Zilberg, P., 2017 A Silver Bowl with an Inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II, Revue d'assyriologie et d'archéologie orientale 111: 141-146.

  • Zilberg P., and Horowitz W., 2016, A Medico-Magical Text from the Otago Tablets, Dunedin New Zealand, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie 106 (2): 175-184.

  • Horowitz, W., Reeves, S., Stillman, L., White, M. and Zilberg, P., 2015, Cuneiform Texts in The Otago Museum: A preliminary report, Buried History 51: 51-56.

  • Zilberg, P., 2015, A New Edition of the Tell-Keisan Cuneiform Tablet, Israel Exploration Journal 65 (1) : 90-95.

Chapters in books

  • Zilberg, P., 2019, In his Majesty’s Service: Semites in the Achaemenid Heartland, pp. 23-42 in: Hacham, N., Hermann, G., Leibner, U., Sagiv, L., and  Katz D. (eds.), A question of Identity- Formation, Transition, Negotiation, Oldenbourg: De Gruyter.

  • Zilberg, P., 2018, From Dragomans to Babel- The role of interpreters in the first Millennium BCE, pp. 193-207 in: Keimer, K. and Davis, G. (eds.), Registers and Modes of Communication in the Ancient Near East: Getting the Message Across, London: Routledge.

  • Zilberg, P., 2018, The Assyrian Provinces of the Southern Levant: Sources, Administration, and Control, pp. 56-88, in: Aster, S.Z and Faust, A. (eds.) The Southern Levant under Assyrian Domination, University Park Pennsylvania: Eisenbrauns.

  • Zilberg, P., 2016, The Assyrian Empire and Judah: Royal Assyrian Archives and Other Historical Documents pp. 383-406, in: Ganor, S. et al. (eds.), From Sha‘ar Hagolan to Shaaraim Essays in Honor of Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society.

Selected Presentations

  • 2017- Lands, estates, and the city of Yāhūdu, Babylonians and Jews in the 6th Century BCE (session), in The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

  • 2017- Friend or Foe? People from the Indus valley in the Achaemenid Empire, Social aspects of multi-linguistic settings in the Ancient Near East- A workshop of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Aram and Israel, Bar-Ilan University.

  • 2017- Princes, Exiles and Scribes: An Analysis of the Iranian Name Corpus in Achaemenid Babylonia, Symposia Iranica- Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

  • 2016- Persian Princes, Aramaic Scribes- the Impact of Old Persian on Aramaic in the Persian Achaemenid period, Continuity and Innovation in Hebrew: Inner developments and Language contact, The Hebrew University, Mandel-Scholion.

  • 2016- Immigrants or exiles? - People from the Indus valley and other minorities from the Eastern Provinces of the Achaemenid Empire, Anērān in Ērānšahr: Ethnic Groups in the Iranian Realm, Jerusalem- The Bible Lands Museum and the Hebrew University.

  • 2015-   The Socio-Economic Context of the Mesopotamian Population in the Assyrian Provinces of the Southern Levant, The Southern Levant under Assyrian Domination, Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi (Invited Lecture).

  • 2015- From Dragomans to Babel: the role of interpreters in communication between minority and majority groups in Achaemenid Babylonia, Communications in the Ancient Near East, Sydney, Macquarie University.

  • 2015- "Go up on to the old ruin-mounds"- Some Notes on Settlements and Canals in the Area of Al-Yahudu (Hebrew), Jerusalem in Babylonia- The 18th Annual Conference of the Israeli Society for Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Jerusalem, The Bible Lands Museum.