Dr. Yuval Levavi

Dr. Yuval Levavi received his PhD in Assyriology in 2016 from the Institut für Orientalistik in Vienna University (under the supervision of M. Jursa and C. Waerzeggers). Focusing on Neo-Babylonian official letters from the temple archives of Uruk and Sippar, he examined the ways in which Babylonian (temple and state) officials interacted with each other, and perceived themselves, in deferent personal and bureaucratic settings. His studies deal with questions of philology, socio-economic aspects, and archival studies in the Neo-Babylonian and Persian periods. These include, for example, the Neo-Babylonian imperial rule (both in the western periphery as well as in Babylonia itself), and the place and interaction of the different ethnic groups (e.g., Judean exiles), urban elite, and rural communities in Babylonia.


  • 2013. ḫallimu “raft” and not paḫallu B, NABU 2013/53.
  • 2014. Quantitative social network analysis (SNA) and the study of cuneiform archives: a test-case based on the Murašû archive, (written jointly with A. Wagner, S. Kedar, K. Abraham, Y. Cohen and R. Zadok), Akkadica134: 117–134.
  • 2014. Ginnu-silver from the time of Nebuchadnezzar (and Nabû-aḫḫē-iddin’s term as temple administrator), NABU 2014/4, 102.
  • 2016. Administrative Epistolography in the Formative Phase of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (PhD Diss.), Vienna.
  • In press. Betting on the right horse – loyalty in the early years of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, in: Sandowicz, M. and O. Drewnowska (eds.), Fortune and Misfortune in the Ancient Near East (Proceedings of the 60th RAI, Warsaw, 2014), Winona Lake, Indiana.
  • In press. Neo-Babylonian temples and royal (building) projects – an epistolographic point of view, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the Research Network Imperium & Officium: Landscapes of Empire: Public Building and Labour Organization in Ancient States.
  • In press. The Imperial Periphery as Seen from the Centre, in: Historical Approaches to the Bible and the Biblical World vol. 1 (HABBW), Sheffield.
  • In press. Review: The Arrows of the Sun: Armed Forces in Sippar in the First Millennium BC., by John MacGinnis, JAOS 2014.
  • In press. Review: The Sacrificial Economy Assessors, Contractors, and Thieves in the Management of Sacrificial Sheep at the Eanna Temple of Uruk (ca. 625520 B.C.), Kozuh, M. G., 2014.
  • Forthcoming (with J. Hackl). Lexical Innovation as a Means of Dating Undated Neo-Babylonian Letters: ḫanṭiš and Other Adverbs.
  • Forthcoming. Administrative Epistolography in the Formative Phase of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (AOAT 414/2), Münster.
  • Forthcoming. Cuneiform Texts in the Kunnsthistorisches Museum Wien, Part V: Two Old-Babylonian administrative Texts, AfO.
  • Forthcoming. Four Middle-Babylonian Legal Documents Concerning Prison.