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The Pasts of Roman Anatolia: Interpreters, Traces, Horizons

In this volume, Felipe Rojas examines how the inhabitants of Roman Anatolia interacted with the physical traces of earlier civilizations in their midst. Combining material and textual evidence, he shows that interest in and knowledge about pre-classical remains was deep and widespread. Indeed, ancient interaction with the remnants of even more ancient pasts was a vital part of life for many and diverse people in Roman Anatolia.

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Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk

This volume, edited by Christine Proust and John Steele, explores how scholars wrote, preserved, circulated, and read knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia. It offers an exercise in micro-history that provides a case study for attempting to understand the relationship between scholars and scholarship during this time of great innovation.   

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Keeping Watch in Babylon: The Astronomical Diaries in Context (Brill, 2019)

Editors: Johannes Haubold, John Steele, and Kathryn Stevens

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Violent Rituals of the Hebrew Bible (Oxford University Press, 2019)

Although seldom studied by biblical scholars as a discrete phenomenon, ritual violence is mentioned frequently in biblical texts, and includes ritual actions such as disfigurement of corpses, destruction or scattering of bones removed from a tomb, stoning and other forms of public execution, cursing, forced depilation, the legally-sanctioned imposition of physical defects on living persons, coerced potion-drinking, sacrificial burning of animals and humans, forced stripping and exposure of the genitalia, and mass eradication of populations.

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Antiquities and Classical Traditions in Latin America (Wiley, 2018)

This collection is the first concerted attempt to explore the significance of classical legacies for Latin American history – from the uses of antiquarian learning in colonial institutions to the currents of Romantic Hellenism which inspired liberators and nation-builders in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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How to Think about War: An Ancient Guide to Foreign Policy (Princeton University Press/Belknap Press, 2019)

Why do nations go to war? What are citizens willing to die for? What justifies foreign invasion? And does might always make right?

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The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity (Harvard University Press/Belknap Press, 2017)

Ever since the International Monetary Fund’s first bailout of Greece’s sinking economy in 2010, the phrase “Greek debt” has meant one thing to the country’s creditors. But for millions who claim to prize culture over capital, it means something quite different: the symbolic debt that Western civilization owes to Greece for furnishing its principles of democracy, philosophy, mathematics, and fine art. Where did this other idea of Greek debt come from, Johanna Hanink asks, and why does it remain so compelling today?

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Judaism and the Economy (Routledge, 2018)

Judaism and the Economy, edited by Professor Michael Satlow, is a collection of sixty-nine Jewish texts relating to economic issues such as wealth, poverty, inequality, charity, and the charging of interest. The passages cover the period from antiquity to the present, and represent many different genres.

Faculty Awards

Rojas Awarded Major NEH Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan), Felipe Rojas (Brown University), and Angela Commito (Union College) a $220,000 collaborative research grant for continued work in the port city of Notion (western Turkey), the organization announced on Wednesday, August 8.

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The Babylonian Astronomical Compendium MUL.APIN (Routledge, 2018)

MUL.APIN, written sometime before the 8th century BC, was the most widely copied astronomical text in ancient Mesopotamia: a compendium including information such as star lists, descriptions of planetary phases, mathematical schemes for the length of day and night, a discussion of the luni-solar calendar and rules for intercalation, and a short collection of celestial omens.

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