Paolo Matthiae

Paolo Matthiae (born 1940) is an Italian archaeologist.

He was Professor of Archaeology and History of Art of the Ancient Near East in the University of Rome La Sapienza; he has been Director of the Ebla Expedition since 1963—in fact, its discoverer—and has published many articles and books about Ebla and about the History of Art of Mesopotamia and Syria in general. In 1972 and 1973, Matthiae co-directed the excavation of Tell Fray in the Euphrates Valley that was to be flooded by Lake Assad, the reservoir of the Tabqa Dam which was being constructed at that time.[1] He is a member of institutions as the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and the Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut, and is doctor Honoris Causa of the Autonomous University of Madrid.


  • Ebla: An Empire Rediscovered
  • Ebla: La città rivelata, collection Universale Electa/Gallimard (n° 56), Electa/Gallimard, 1995
  • Aux origines de la Syrie : Ebla retrouvée, collection Découvertes Gallimard (n° 276), Éditions Gallimard, 1996


  1. ^ Bounni, Adnan (1988), "Découvertes archéologiques récentes en Syrie", Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (in French), 132 (2): 361–380, doi:10.3406/crai.1988.14616