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I specialize in ancient Near Eastern history and culture, in particular in the social, legal, political and economic history of Babylonia in the first millennium BC.

In the past years I have conducted research projects on the position of Babylonian temples vis-à-vis the state (2003-2008), and on local and international trade (2008-2011). Currently I lead a Vidi-project (2014-2019) on taxation and administration in the Achaemenid Empire.

Other recurrent topics in my research are the legal history of Mesopotamia, monetary standards, money, gold and silver, as well as personal status, labour and various forms of dependency in the ancient Near East.


I teach courses in ancient Near Eastern history and culture as well as Akkadian (Assyrian and Babylonian) language courses on all levels. In addition to classes that match my research interests in Near Eastern social, economic and legal history, I am fond of teaching on ancient Near Eastern literature and religion. The oldest tales of humankind are full of wisdom; they explore life and the human condition. The Gilgamesh epic, an extraordinary piece that belongs to the classic canon of world literature, keeps inspiring artists, scientists and performers until today.

Until the end of my Vidi project in 2019, Rients de Boer takes over a part of my teaching duties.

In 2018/19 I will teach an introduction to Sumerian, followed by a beginner's reading course Sumerian. 

I am the coordinator of the faculty minor “Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East”.

Ancillary activities

  • Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten | Leiden | Member of the NINO scientific council | 2018-06-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Master, Free University of Berlin

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History Arts & Humanities
Achaemenid Empire Arts & Humanities
Ancient Near East Arts & Humanities
Legal History Arts & Humanities
Horse Arts & Humanities
Web Sites Arts & Humanities
General Public Arts & Humanities
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Research Output 2004 2018

[Rezension zu:] Hackl, Johannes / Jursa, Michael / Schmidl, Martina: Spätbabylonische Privatbriefe. 2014.

Kleber, K., 5 Jun 2018, In : Orientalistische Literaturzeitung. 113, 2, p. 122-125 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademicpeer-review

Dependent Labor and Status in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid Periods

Kleber, K., 2018, What's in a Name?: Terminology related to the Work Force and Job Categories in the Ancient Near East. Garcia-Ventura, A. (ed.). Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, p. 441-465 25 p. (Alter Orient und Altes Testament; vol. 440).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Grenzüberschreitungen. Studien zur Kulturgeschichte des Alten Orients: Festschrift für Hans Neumann zum 65. Geburtstag am 9. Mai 2018

Kleber, K. (ed.), Neumann, G. (ed.) & Paulus, S. (ed.), 2018, Münster: Zaphon. 868 p. (Dubsar; vol. 5)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Katzen als Jagdhelfer in Mesopotamien

Kleber, K., 2018, Grenzüberschreitungen: Studien zur Kulturgeschichte des Alten Orients. Festschrift für Hans Neumann zum 65. Geburtstag am 9. Mai 2018. Münster: Zaphon, p. 327-347 22 p. (Dubsar; vol. 5).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2000 2019

The Religious Policy of the Teispid and Achaemenid Kings in Babylonia.

Kristin Kleber (Speaker)
27 Apr 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Een zware last. Afgiften aan de tafel des konings in de tijd van Kambyses.

Kristin Kleber (Speaker)
27 Jan 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Een zware last. Afgiften aan de tafel des konings in de tijd van Kambyses.

Kristin Kleber (Speaker)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular


Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes (Journal)

Kristin Kleber (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic



Kristin Kleber (Recipient), 2015


Mediterranean World

Conference subsidy awarded by Clue+

Kristin Kleber (Recipient), 2017


Preis für antike Rechtsgeschichte

Kristin Kleber (Recipient), 2015


Legal History

Preis für Antike Rechtsgeschichte

Kristin Kleber (Recipient), 9 Dec 2015


Legal History

Press / Media

Museum Exhibition "Van Farao tot Fiscus. Belastingen in de Oudheid"

Kristin Kleber


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities