Dr Eva Miller

Dr Eva Miller is UCL History's Teaching Fellow for the Ancient Middle East. Her teaching encompasses the history, art, archaeology, and literature of the cuneiform-using cultures of ancient Mesopotamia and its surrounding areas between the late fourth millennium BCE and 300 BCE.

Eva's research interests are in Neo-Assyrian elite culture, Mesopotamian art, and in the reception and revival of ancient Mesopotamian imagery in the modern day. Before coming to UCL, she was Teaching Fellow in the History and Cultures of the Ancient Near East at the University of Birmingham. In the summer of 2018 she was the Henri Frankfort Fellow at the Warburg Institute, completing a research project on Neo-Assyrian imagery in early 20th-century architecture. Eva completed her PhD at the University of Oxford in 2017, where her doctoral research examined representations of enemy punishment in wall reliefs and royal inscriptions of the late Neo-Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

Major publications

  • 'He Who Saw the Stars: Retelling Gilgamesh in Star Trek: The Next Generation'. In (Re)constructing the Past: Popular Culture and the Ancient Near East, ed. L. Verderame and A. Garcia-Ventura. Bloomsbury: forthcoming.
  • 'Getting a Head in the Neo-Assyrian Empire: Enemy Decapitation in the Narratives of Ashurbanipal'. In Emotion, Violence, Vengeance and Law in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of William Ian Miller, ed. K. Gilbert and S.D. White. Brill: 2018.
  • 'Cutting the Past Down to Size: Assyrian Reliefs in Glencairn Museum'. Glencairn Museum News 9. 2016.

Teaching 2018-19

  • Understanding the Early Mesopotamian World
  • Ancient Near Eastern Religion
  • Babylon: From Hammurabi to Alexander (c.1800-300 BC)
  • The Face of Empire: Palaces of Nineveh and Nimrud