• Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Antiquities, Faculty of Humanities.


  • Liceo Classico “G. Cotta”, Viale dei Tigli 50, 37045 Legnago (Verona), from 1991 to 1996. School-leaving certificate – grade: 60/60.

  • University of Rome “La Sapienza”, P.le A. Moro 5, 00185 Roma (Italy), from 1996 to 2002. Graduation certificate in Near Eastern Archaeology with Prof. Paolo Matthiae – Grade: 110/110 cum laude (in 2002) with a thesis on the “Assyrian Armies of Sennacherib and Assurbanipal: Compositional Study of the depiction of the battles”.

  • PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with Prof. Paolo Matthiae from 2002 to 2005 with a study on the “Space Perception and Time Scansion. A Study about Narrative Composition in the Assyrian Reliefs of the 7th Century B.C. (Sennacherib and Assurbanipal)”.

  • Two-years Post-Doc (2008-2010) at the Italian Institute for Humanities (Florence) with a study on “Weapons, warfare and warriors in Early Dynastic Mesopotamia. Considerations on the fights, formation and equipment of armies in the archaeological and epigraphic sources of Third Millennium BC”.


My research activity attracted a significant interest in the Near Eastern Archaeological community (as evidenced by the numerous national and international collaborations and the quotations of his research products); he has also been frequently reported by media (television and radio interview, many newspapers articles, etc).

64 quotations since 2004.

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ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-0188-2071

  1. Books

Nadali, D.

  1. 2006 Percezione dello spazio e scansione del tempo. Studio della composizione narrativa del rilievo assiro di VII secolo a.C. (CMAO 12), Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma [ISSN 1120-9631; ISBN 9788888233109].

  1. Edited Books

Di Ludovico, A. and Nadali, D. (eds)

  1. 2005 Studi in onore di Paolo Matthiae presentati in occasione del suo sessantacinquesimo compleanno (CMAO 10), Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma [ISSN 1120-9631].

Nadali, D. and Vidal, J. (eds)

  1. 2014 The Other Face of the Battle: The Impact of War on the Civilians in the Ancient Near East (AOAT 413), Ugarit-Verlag, Münster [ISBN 978-3-86835-102-6].

Micale M. G. and Nadali, D. (eds)

  1. 2015 How Do We Want the Past to Be? On Methods and Instruments of Visualizing the Ancient Reality, Gorgias Press, Piscataway [ISBN 978-1463205447].

Nadali, D. and Polcaro, A. (eds)

  1. 2015 Archeologia della Mesopotamia (Manuali Universitari 166), Carocci Editore, Roma [ISBN 9788843077830].

Nadali, D. (ed.)

  1. 2016 Envisioning the Past Through Memories: How Memory Shaped Ancient Near Eastern Societies (Cultural Memory and History in Antiquity 3), Bloomsbury, London [ISBN 978-1474223966].

  1. Articles

Nadali, D.

  1. 2001-03 Guerra e morte: l’annullamento del nemico nella condizione di vinto, Scienze dell’Antichità 11, pp. 51-70.

  2. 2002-05 Sennacherib’s Siege, Assault, and Conquest of Alammu, SAAB XIV, pp. 113-128.

  3. 2004 La campagna di Assurbanipal contro gli Arabi: proposta di lettura delle dinamiche di una battaglia in campo aperto, SMEA XLVI/1, pp. 59-78.

  4. 2005a The Representations of Foreign Soldiers and Their Employment in the Assyrian Army, in W. H. van Soldt (ed.), Ethnicity in Ancient Mesopotamia. Papers read at the 48th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Leiden, 1-4 July, 2002, Leiden, pp. 222-244.

  5. 2005b Assyrians to War: Positions, Patterns and Canons in the Tactics of the Assyrian Armies in the VII Century B.C., in A. Di Ludovico and D. Nadali (a cura di), Studi in onore di Paolo Matthiae presentati in occasione del suo sessantacinquesimo compleanno (CMAO 10), Roma, pp. 167-207.

  6. 2006a Esarhaddon’s Glazed Bricks from Nimrud: The Egyptian Campaign Depicted, Iraq 68, pp. 109-119.

  7. 2006b Scrittura e scultura: indipendenza ed integrazione del messaggio, in G. Regalzi and C. Peri (eds), Mutuare, interpretare, tradurre: storie di culture a confronto, Atti del 2º Incontro «Orientalisti», Roma, 11-13 dicembre 2002 (Studi Semitici 21), Roma, pp. 97-103.

  8. 2007a Ashurbanipal against Elam. Figurative Patterns and Architectural Location of the Elamite Wars, Historiae 4, pp. 57-91.

  9. 2007b Monuments of war, war of monuments: Some considerations on commemorating war in the Third Millennium BC, Orientalia 76/4, pp. 336-367.

  10. 2008a The Role of the Image of the King in the Organizational and Compositional Principles of Sennacherib’s Throneroom: A Guide to Historical Narrative and Meaning of a Specified Message, in H. Kühne, R. M. Czichon and F. J. Kreppner (eds), Proceedings of the 4th ICAANE, 29 March – 3 April 2004, Freie Universität Berlin, Wiesbaden, pp. 473-493.

  11. 2008b Assyrian High-Relief Bricks from Nineveh and the Fragments of a Royal Name, Iraq 70, pp. 87-104.

  12. 2008c La Stele di Daduša come documento storico dell’età paleobabilonese. Immagini e iscrizione a confronto, Vicino Oriente XIV, pp. 129-146.

  13. 2009a Representations of Battering Rams and Siege Towers in Early Bronze Age Glyptic Art, Historiae 6, pp. 39-52.

  14. 2009b La guerra e gli eserciti del Vicino Oriente antico (III-I millennio a.C.). Riflessioni in margine [Recensione di P. Abrahami and L. Battini (eds), Les armées du Proche-Orient ancien (IIIe-Ier mill. av. J.-C.). Actes du colloque international organisé à Lyon les 1er et 2 décembre 2006, Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée (BAR-IS 1855), Oxford 2008], Historiae 6, pp. 101-111.

  15. 2009c Sieges and Similes of Sieges in the Royal Annals: The Conquest of Damascus by Tiglath-Pileser III, KASKAL 6, pp. 137-149.

  16. 2009-10 Neo-Assyrian State Seals: An Allegory of Power, SAAB XVIII, pp. 215-244.

  17. 2010a Archaeology as a Science of Humanism, in P. Matthiae et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on the Archaeology of Ancient Near East, 5-10 May 2008, Sapienza Università di Roma, Wiesbaden, pp. 113-119.

  18. 2010b Assyrian Open Field Battles. An Attempt at Reconstruction and Analysis, in J. Vidal (ed.), Studies on War in the Ancient Near East. Collected Essays on Military History (AOAT 372), Münster, pp. 117-152.

  19. 2010c L’immagine del re e la retorica della geometria. Riflessioni sulla Bildgliederung dei rilievi della Sala del Trono di Assurnasirpal II, in R. Dolce (ed.), Quale Oriente? Omaggio a un Maestro. Studi di Arte e Archeologia del Vicino Oriente in memoria di Anton Moortgat a trenta anni dalla sua scomparsa, Palermo, pp. 179-198.

  20. 2010-11 L’archeologia di Nabucco: l’Oriente antico in scena, Studi Verdiani 22, pp. 73-88.

  21. 2011 Attaccare e difendere un muro: una battaglia di confine, Ricerche di S/Confine II/1, pp. 225-232.

  22. 2012a Things also die. Considerations on the meaning and function of funerary furnishings in Mesopotamia and Syria, in R. Matthews et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, 12-16 April 2010, the British Museum and UCL, London Volume 1: Mega-cities & Mega-sites, The Archaeology of Consumption & Disposal Landscape, Transport & Communication, Wiesbaden, pp. 339-354.

  23. 2012b La revolución militar asiria, Desperta Ferro 10, pp. 6-12.

  24. 2012c Interpretations and Translations, Performativity and Embodied Simulation. Reflections on Assyrian Images, in G. B. Lanfranchi, D. Morandi Bonacossi, C. Pappi and S. Ponchia (eds), Leggo! Studies presented to Prof. Frederick Mario Fales on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday (Leipziger Altorientalische Studien, 2), Wiesbaden, pp. 583-595.

  25. 2013a Outcomes of battle: triumphal celebrations in Assyria, in A. Spalinger and J. Armstrong (eds), Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World, Leiden and Boston, pp. 75-94.

  26. 2013b Invented space: Discovering Near Eastern Architecture Through Imaginary Representations and Constructions, in L. Feliu et al. (eds), Time and History in the Ancient Near East. Proceedings of the 56e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Barcelona, 26-30 July 2010, Winona Lake, pp. 391-404.

  27. 2013c When Ritual Meets Art. Rituals in the Visual Arts versus the Visual Arts in Rituals: The Case of Ancient Mesopotamia, in C. Ambos and L. Verderame (eds), Approaching Rituals in Ancient Cultures. Questioni di rito: rituali come fonte di conoscenza delle religioni e delle concezioni del mondo nelle culture antiche. Proceedings of the Conference, November 28-30, 2011, Roma (Supplemento n. 2 alla Rivista degli Studi Orientali Nuova Seria LXXXVI), Rome, 2013, pp. 209-226.

  28. 2013d Nebuchadnezzar, King of Assyria. Rewriting Ancient Mesopotamian History in Fiction, Res Antiquitatis 4, pp. 11-28.

  29. 2014a The Impact of War on Civilians in the Neo-Assyrian Period, in D. Nadali and J. Vidal (eds), The Other Face of the Battle. The Impact of War on Civilians in the Ancient Near East (AOAT 413), Münster, 2014, pp. 101-111.

  30. 2014b Categorizing Images and Objects: Where and How Ancient Artefacts Might be Evaluated, in Piotr Bieliński et al. (eds), Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East 30 April – 4 May 2012, University of Warsaw Volume 1: Plenary Sessions, Township and Villages, High and Low – The Minor Arts for the Elite and for the Populace, Wiesbaden, pp. 467-476.

  31. 2014c Moveo ergo sum. Living in the Space Around Us: Distance, Perspective and Reciprocity, in N. Gillmann and A. Shafer (eds), Corps, image et perception de l’espace de la Mésopotamie au monde classique, Paris, pp. 33-55.

  32. 2014d Family Portraits. Some Considerations on the Iconographical Motif of the “Woman with Child” in the art of the Third Millennium B.C.E., in L. Marti (ed.), La famille dans le Proche-Orient ancien: réalités, symbolismes, et images. Proceedings of the 55th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Paris 6-9 July 2009, Winona Lake, pp. 227-239.

  33. 2014e Quale Oriente? Quando la finzione diventa realtà, in C. Faverzani (ed.), Euterpe et l’Empereur. L’Antiquité et l’Opéra (Travaux et documents 58), Saint-Denis, pp. 73-83.

  34. 2014f How Many Soldiers on the “Stele of the Vultures”? A Hypothetical Reconstruction, Iraq 76, pp. 141-148.

  35. 2014h Tell Hariri/Mari, in F. Pinnock, C. Tonghini and S. Tortorella (eds), Siria. Splendore e dramma. Introduzione alla Siria, Roma, pp. 100-101 [ISBN 9788888233154].

  36. 2015a Looking at Music: The Representation of the Ancient Near East between Fiction and Reality in the Age of Orientalism, in P. Gancarczyk and D. Grabiec (eds), Music, Politics and Ideology in the Visual Arts, Warszawa, pp. 35-43.

  37. 2015b La caduta di Ninive. Un patrimonio archeologico a rischio, Forma Urbis Anno XX n. 8, pp. 27-32.

  38. 2015c Il Periodo Protodinastico, D. Nadali and A. Polcaro (eds), Archeologia della Mesopotamia antica (Manuali Universitari 166), Roma, pp. 115-152.

  39. 2015d L’impero neo-assiro, in D. Nadali and A. Polcaro (eds), Archeologia della Mesopotamia antica (Manuali Universitari 166), Roma, pp. 341-384.

  40. 2015e The (Dis)Embodiment of Architecture: Reflections on the Mirroring Effect of Virtual Reality, in M.G. Micale and D. Nadali (eds), How Do We Want the Past to Be? On Methods and Instruments of Visualizing the Ancient Reality (Regenerating Practices in Archaeology and Heritage 1), Gorgias Press, Piscataway, pp. 89-105.

  41. 2015f El poder de la guerra: ¿es posible hablar de “cultura de la guerra” en el Cercano Oriente antiguo?, Anuario de la Escuela de Historia 27, pp. 39-50.

  42. 2015g An urban perspective of Nineveh, Mesopotamia 50, pp. 157-176.

  43. 2016a Images of War in the Assyrian Period: What They Show and What They Hide, in L. Battini (ed.), Making Pictures of War. Realia et Imaginaria in the Iconology of the Ancient Near East, Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 83-88.

  44. 2016b Introduction, in D. Nadali (ed.), Envisioning the Past Through Memories. How Memory Shaped Ancient Near Eastern Societies (Cultural Memory and History in Antiquity 3), Bloomsbury, London, pp. 1-6.

  45. 2016b Community and Individuals: How Memory Affects Public and Private Life in the Ancient Near East, in D. Nadali (ed.), Envisioning the Past Through Memories. How Memory Shaped Ancient Near Eastern Societies (Cultural Memory and History in Antiquity 3), Bloomsbury, London, pp. 37-52.

  46. 2016c The Building of Tell ‘Ağağa/Šadikanni in Syria: Some Reflections, Studia eblaitica 2, pp. 177-189.

  47. in pr. b The Depiction of Foreigners in Assyrian Art: Realism or Convention?, in F. M. Fales, Warfare in Assyria, London.

Alaura, S. e Nadali, D.

  1. 2016 Researching the Archives: A Shared Past for the Future. The GRISSO Project, in O. Kaelin and H.-P. Mathys (eds), Proceedings of the 9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Volume 3, Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, pp. 737-739.

Chiriu, D., Ricci, P.C., Polcaro, A., Braconi, P., Lenzi, D. and Nadali, D.

  1. 2014 Raman Study on Pompeii Potteries: The Role of Calcium Hydroxide on the Surface Treatment, Journal of Spectroscopy, Volume 2014, Article ID 435026, 10 pages [http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/435026].

Chiriu, D., Ricci, P.C., Carbonaro, C.M., Nadali, D., Polcaro A. and Mocci, F.

  1. 2016 Drying oil detected in mid-third Millennium B.C. Mesopotamian clay artifacts: Raman spectroscopy and DFT simulation study, Microchemical Journal 124, pp. 386-395.

Di Ludovico, A., Nadali, D., Polcaro, A. and Ramazzotti, M.

  1. in pr. From the Monument to the Urban Complex: The City of Ebla as Symbol of Royal Ideology, in Proceedings of the 2nd ICAANE, Copenhagen.

Micale, M. G. and Nadali, D.

  1. 2004 The Shape of Sennacherib’s Camps: Strategic Functions and Ideological Space, in D. Collon and A. George (eds), Nineveh. Papers of the XLIX Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, London, 7-11 July 2003, Part One (Iraq LXVI), London, pp. 163-175.

  2. 2008 “Layer by Layer…” Of Digging and Drawing: The Genealogy of an Idea, in R. D. Biggs, J. Myers and M. Roth (eds), Proceedings of the 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Held at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, July 18-22, 2005 (SAOC 62), Chicago, pp. 405-414.

  3. 2010 Royal Palace Officials at Ebla in the 3rd Millennium BC: Names, Duties and Movement Through Their Seal Impressions, Zeitschrift für Orient-Archäologie 3, pp. 8-24.

Nadali, D. and Polcaro, A.

  1. 2015a Working in Sumer: the New Italian Archaeological Expedition at Nigin, Southern Iraq, The Ancient Near East Today, May 2015, Vol. III, No. 5 [http://asorblog.org/2015/05/13/working-in-sumer-the-new-italian-archaeological-expedition-at-nigin-southern-iraq/]

  2. 2015b Nuova missione in Iraq meridionale, Archeologia Viva Anno XXXIV N. 171, pp. 12-13.

  3. 2015c Nigin: la città delle acque, Archeologia Viva Anno XXXIV N. 173, pp. 30-40.

  4. 2015d Il Rinascimento sumerico. Nuove scoperte archeologiche in Iraq meridionale, Forma Urbis Anno XX n. 8, pp. 18-26.

D. Nadali, A. Polcaro and L. Verderame

  1. 2016 New Inscriptions of Gudea from Tell Surghul/Niĝin, Iraq, ZA 106/1, pp. 16-21.

Nadali, D. and Rivaroli, M.

  1. 2007 Definire lo spazio: l’interpretazione del paesaggio nei rilievi e nelle iscrizioni di età neo-assira, Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni 73/1, pp. 5-50.

Nadali, D. and Verderame, L.

  1. 2008 The Akkadian “Bello Stile”, in R. D. Biggs, J. Myers and M. Roth (eds), Proceedings of the 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Held at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, July 18-22, 2005 (SAOC 62), Chicago, pp. 309-320.

  2. 2014 Experts at War. Masters behind the Ranks of the Assyrian Army, in H. Neumann et al. (eds), Krieg und Frieden im Alten Vorderasien. 52e Rencontre Assyriologique International, International Congress of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology, Münster, 17.-21. Juli 2006 (AOAT 401), Münster, pp. 553-566.

  1. Encyclopaedia

  1. 2011 L’architettura monumentale di templi e palazzo e la costruzione della città; Monumenti di guerra e guerra di monumenti: riflessioni sulle celebrazioni belliche; Dei, eroi, esseri fantastici e mostruosi nella glittica del III millennio a.C.; L’iconografia della donna con bambino nell’arte siriana; Il re costruttore: l’immagine del sovrano e le sue opere; Capitale dell’impero e impero di capitali: la costruzione della città e del territorio; Il rilievo storico e la narrazione visuale: raccontare con le immagini; L’organizzazione bellica assira: la composizione dell’esercito, le strategie e le tattiche di attacco; La burocrazia dell’impero: la corrispondenza, la schiera di funzionari e il sigillo di stato; La mobilità spontanea: idee, forme e modelli culturali in movimento; Babilonia, la città celeste: il progetto e il significato; La Torre di Babele: Babilonia tra realtà e mito; Arte persiana: eclettismo e continuità, in U. Eco (ed.), La Grande Storia – L’antichità: Le civiltà del Vicino Oriente antico. Arti visive, Scienze e tecniche, Musica, Vol. 2, Milano, pp. 36-49, 50-63, 64-73, 74-81, 82-91, 272-283, 284-291, 292-305, 306-310, 311-319, 322-334, 335-341, 342-351.

  1. Reviews

Nadali, D.

  1. 2008a Review of J. Cheng and M. H. Feldman (eds), Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context. Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter by Her Students (CHANE 6) Leiden-Boston 2007, Historiae 5, pp. 79-84.

  2. 2008b Review of H. Crawford (ed.), Regime Change in Ancient Near East and Egypt. From Sargon of Agade to Saddam Hussein (Proceedings of the British Academy 136), Oxford 2007, Historiae 5, pp. 85-88.

  3. 2009a Review of B. Nevling Porter, Trees, Kings, and Politics. Studies in Assyrian Iconography (OBO 197), Göttingen 2003, JNES 68/4, pp. 313-315.

  4. 2009b Review of T. C. Mitchell and A. Searight, Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum. Stamp Seals III. Impressions of Stamp Seals on Cuneiform Tablets, Clay Bulla, and Jar Handles, Leiden 2008, Historiae 6, pp. 118-123.

  5. 2010a Review of P. Albenda, Ornamental Wall Painting in the Art of the Assyrian Empire (Cuneiform Monograph 18), Leiden-Boston 2005, JNES 69/1, pp. 121-123.

  6. 2010b Review of G. Hermann, H. Coffey and S. Laidlaw, The Published Ivories from Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud. A Scanned Archive of Photograph, British School of Archaeology in Iraq, JNES 69/2, pp. 234-235.

  7. 2010c Review of A. Searight, J. Reade and I. Finkel, Assyrian Stone Vessels and Related Material in the British Museum, Oxbow Books Ed., Oxford 2008, Orientalia 79/4, pp. 575-578.

  8. 2011a Review of A. Villing (ed.), The Greek in the East, The British Museum Research of Publication no. 157, London 2005, JNES 70/1, pp. 132-133.

  9. 2011b Review of T. Ornan, The Triumph of the Symbol. Pictorial Representation of Deities in Mesopotamia and the Biblical Image Ban (OBO 213), Göttingen 2005, JNES 70/1, pp. 162-163.

  10. 2011c Review of I. Eph‘al, The City Besieged. Siege and Its Manifestations in the Ancient Near East, Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 36, Brill Ed., Leiden-Boston 2009, Vicino & Medio Oriente XV, pp. 271-274.

  11. 2011d Review of J. E. Curtis and N. Tallis (eds), The Balawat Gates of Ashurnasirpal II, The British Museum Press, London 2008, Vicino & Medio Oriente XV, pp. 275-278.

  12. 2012 Review of A. McMahon, Once There Was a Place: Settlement Archaeology at Chagar Bazar, 1999-2002, British Institute for the Study of Iraq, London 2009, Orientalia 81/1, pp. 105-106.

  13. 2014 Review of, J.M. Evans, The Lives of Sumerian Sculptures. An Archaeology of the Early Dynastic Temple, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012, Bibliotheca Orientalis 71/3-4, pp. 532-536.

  14. 2015 Review of P.V. Bartl, Die Ritzverzierungen auf den Relieforthostaten Assurnasirpal II aus Kalḫu (BaF 25), Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt 2014, Orientalia 84/2, pp. 166-169.

  15. 2016d Review of E. Bleibtreu, H.U.Steymans (eds.), Edith Porada zum 100. Geburtstag. A Centenary Volume (OBO 268), Academic Press/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Fribourg/Göttingen 2014, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 106, pp. 288-291.

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    • Principal Investigator of the three-years research project on “Time Through Colours: Analysis of Painted Artefacts in Their Archaeological, Historical and Sociological Contexts” funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research within the national project FIRB – Futuro in Ricerca 2012 (in collaboration with Dr Andrea Polcaro, University of Perugia, and Dr Daniele Chiriu, University of Cagliari). http://www.archaeoraman.org.

    • Since 2014, I am co-director of the Italian Archaeological Expedition to Nigin (Iraq) together with Dr Andrea Polcaro (University of Perugia). http://tellsurghul.org/Homepage.html

    • Since 2013 I am member of the research project GRISSO (Interdisciplinary Research Group on the Studies on Ancient Orient), coordinated by Dr Silvia Alaura, ISMA-CNR (Rome).

    • Mirror neurons, body, movement and narrative art: methods, applications, and responses of storytelling (in collaboration with Prof. Vittorio Gallese and Dr Michele Guerra, University of Parma).


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