Professor John Steele honored with the title “Guest Professor” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

During a recent visit to China to give a series of lectures Professor John Steele was awarded the honorary title of Guest Professor in the School of History and Culture of Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The honor is in recognition of his research on the history of ancient astronomy and in fostering links between historians of science in China and at Brown.

(Distributed July 18, 2014)

M. Willis Monroe Awarded Fellowship from The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII)


M. Willis Monroe, a 4th year PhD student in Ancient Western Asian Studies, has been awarded a fellowship from The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII) for his research project "Innovation in Seleucid Astrology: Re-investigating the Micro-Zodiac". The fellowship will support Willis's travel to several European collections to undertake research on cuneiform tablets this summer.

(Distributed March 14, 2014)

Brown Daily Herald Article "Mentor program launches with mummy unwrapping"

"Mentor program launches with mummy unwrapping"
The collaboration will connect undergraduates and graduate students in Egyptology
By Joseph Zappa
Staff Writer
Brown Daily Herald
Friday, October 25, 2013
A mummy unwrapping party marked the launch of a mentoring partnership between the Egyptology-Ancient West Asian Studies Department Undergraduate Group and the Egyptology department’s graduate students Thursday night.

(Distributed October 29, 2013)

The World of Berossos, edited by Johannes Haubold, Giovanni B. Lanfranchi, Robert Rollinger and John Steele

New book by Professor John Steele published.

Berossos was a priest and historian from Babylon. A contemporary of
Alexander the Great and the first Seleucid kings, he wrote a history
of the world in Greek and for a Greek audience, but articulating his
Babylonian perspective: he told Greek conquerors about the culture
they had conquered. The Babyloniaca, as the work was probably called,
was influential through the ages: in antiquity, it was quoted directly
or indirectly by such diverse thinkers as Alexander Polyhistor and

(Distributed June 25, 2013)
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