ICREA Academia
Rocío Da Riva

Rocío Da Riva

ICREA Academia 2008 & 2014

Universitat de Barcelona · Humanities

Rocío Da Riva

Rocio Da Riva (Madrid 1972). I got my PhD in Assyriology at the University of Würzburg, Germany (2002). I have been conducting research in First Millennium BCE Babylonia (studying cuneiform texts in museums in Europe, America and the Middle East) and archaeological field-work in the Middle East. I have published several monographs and articles on topics related to the political and social history of Babylonia. I have edited the corpus of the Neo-Babylonian royal inscriptions, opening up a new line of investigation in Assyriology. I have conducted research in European, North American and Middle Eastern institutions. I have been visiting researcher in Austria and Germany and have given lectures and seminars in several universities and research centres worldwide. I am currently visiting professor in Italy (Venice International University) and Jordan (Yarmouk University). I am member of international scientific societies as well as advisor in several international projects.

Research interests

My main research activity is in the fields of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology, and my research interest is First Millennium BCE Near East. I am preparing an edition of ritual texts from the British Museum dealing with Babylonian temples. I am also preparing a study of the "Divine Love Lyrics", erotic poetry of the Late Babylonian period related to public religious festivals. I am the director of the archaeological expedition at the site of Sela (Jordan), in collaboration with the Directorate of Antiquities of Jordan, and I am currently carrying out research on the archaeology and history of ancient Edom. I am the author of several publications on topics related to historiography, Babylonian rituals and literature, and history of emotions. I am currently preparing electronic editions of the Neo-Babylonian Royal Inscriptions and of Late Babylonian religious texts. I am interested in historiography of the Archaeology during the I World War in the Middle East.


Assyriology, Archaeology, Ancient Near East, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Cuneiform, Edom, Iron Age period