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The Young Descartes: Nobility, Rumor, and War (Chicago, 2018)

In The Young Descartes, Professor Harold J. Cook tells the story of a man who did not set out to become an author or philosopher—René Descartes began publishing only after the age of forty. Rather, for years he traveled throughout Europe in diplomacy and at war.

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Houston Interviewed by BBC

Professor Stephen Houston, Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and former Director of the Program in Early Cultures, was interviewed by the BBC regarding the discovery of more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala through the use of Lidar technology.  The full story, "Sprawling Maya Network Discovered under Guatemala Jungle," is on BBC's website.

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The Cuneiform Uranology Texts: Drawing the Constellations (American Philosophical Society, 2018).

The Cuneiform Uranology Texts: Drawing the Constellations, by Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Eckart Frahm, Wayne Horowitz, and Professor John Steele presents a newly recovered group of cuneiform texts from first millennium Babylonia and Assyria that provide prose descriptions of the drawing (eṣēru) of Mesopotamian constellations.

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Studies on the Ancient Exact Sciences in Honour of Lis Brack-Bernsen (Topoi, 2017)

Lis Brack-Bernsen has been a key figure in transforming the study of Babylonian astronomy from an almost exclusive focus on the mathematical astronomy of the late period to embracing a much broader consideration of all aspects of the subject, both early and late, mathematical and observational, astronomical and astrological, and their relationships between one another.

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Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt: Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom (Routledge, 2017)

Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt, by Associate Professor Laurel Bestock, examines the use of Egyptian pictures of violence prior to the New Kingdom.

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Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian Astronomy (Springer, 2017)

Rising Time Schemes in Babylonian Astronomy, by Professor John Steele, examines an approach from ancient astronomy to what was then a particularly important question, namely that of understanding the relationship between the position in the ecliptic and the time it takes for a fixed-length of the ecliptic beginning at that point to rise above the eastern horizon.

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Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perceptions in Byzantium (Dumbarton Oaks Publications, 2017)

How does sense perception contribute to human cognition? How did the Byzantines understand that contribution? Byzantine culture in all its domains showed deep appreciation for sensory awareness and sensory experience. The senses were reckoned as modes of knowledge—intersecting realms both human and divine, bodily and spiritual, physical and intellectual.

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Friendship in the Hebrew Bible (Yale University Press, 2017)

Friendship, though a topic of considerable humanistic and cross disciplinary interest in contemporary scholarship, has been largely ignored by scholars of the Hebrew Bible, possibly because of its complexity and elusiveness. Filling a significant gap in our knowledge and understanding of biblical texts, Professor Saul M. Olyan provides this original, accessible analysis of a key form of social relationship.

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On Human Bondage: After Slavery and Social Death (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)

On Human Bondage, edited by Professor John Bodel and Walter Scheidel, is a critical reexamination of Orlando Patterson’s groundbreaking Slavery and Social Death, assessing how his theories have stood the test of time and applies them to new case studies.

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Cultural Contact and Appropriation in the Axial-Age Mediterranean World: A Periplos (Brill, 2017)

Cultural Contact and Appropriation in the Axial-Age Mediterranean World: A Periplos, edited by Baruch Halpern and Professor Kenneth Sacks explores adaptation, resistance and reciprocity in Axial-Age Mediterranean exchange (ca. 800-300 BCE). Some essayists expand on an international discussion about myth, to which even the Church Fathers contributed.