Cillian O'Hogan publishes the British Library Greek Manuscripts Project

Cillian O’Hogan publishes the British Library Greek Manuscripts Project

Cillian O’Hogan has an exciting new publication recently launched by the British Museum, the British Library Greek Manuscripts Project, a website containing articles on various aspects of Greek & Byzantine culture as it relates to papyri & MSS. Dr. O’Hogan designed the project, commissioned & edited the articles (& wrote a few), and wrote all the item descriptions.
A summary of the project is here.


Congratulations to Courtney Innes on a clutch of scholarly awards!

Courtney Innes, a Religious Studies PhD candidate, has recently received three scholarly awards; one from the Brigham Young University Religious Education Dissertation Grant; one from the Soroptimist International Scholarship Program and the Nibley Fellowship Graduate Stipend Awar.

Congratulations on the amazing trifecta!


Classical Studies 355 (CLST 355 [3]): The Athenians and their Empire

The sources (literary, epigraphical and other) for Athens’ emergence as one of the two leading city-states in late archaic and classical Greece and the stages which her empire grew. Prerequisite: CLST 231.


Aims of this course:

  • examine the history and nature of the Athenian Empire
  • gain familiarity with ancient sources of the period and some contemporary scholarship
  • ancient and modern perspectives and representation: how history is imagined and created (affected by ideology and ontology)
  • the nature, objectivity and purpose of history


consider the following:

  • the development and nature of the empire from the 6th century BCE on
  • competing representations of that empire in ancient and modern sources
  • the empire and its effect on 5th century Greek culture
  • the relationship between the empire and Athenian democracy

Congratulations to Michael Goco for his award winning paper on Second Temple Judaism!

Michael Goco, a recent BA, has received recognition in The Undergraduate Awards, an international competition attracting papers from all over the world (5,514 papers were submitted in 25 categories). His paper , “Out of the Depths: The Development of Jewish Views of the Afterlife in Second Temple Judaism”, written for Dr. Gardner’s RELG 330: Origins of Judaism course, was placed in  the top 10% of all submissions in the Social Sciences: Anthropology & Cultural Studies category, after being assessed by a panel of academics from universities around the world.

Congratulations Michael!

New Book by Dr. Sara Milstein

 Dr. Sara Milstein’s book, Tracking the Master Scribe: Revision through Introduction in Biblical and Mesopotamian Literature (Oxford University Press) has just been published!


When we encounter a text, whether ancient or modern, we typically start at the beginning and work our way toward the end. In Tracking the Master Scribe, Sara J. Milstein demonstrates that for biblical and Mesopotamian literature, this habit can lead to misinterpretation.

In the ancient Near East, “master scribes”–those who had the authority to produce and revise literature–regularly modified their texts in the course of transmission. One of the most effective techniques for change was to add something new to the front, what Milstein calls “revision through introduction.” This method allowed scribes to preserve their received material while simultaneously recasting it. As a result, many biblical and Mesopotamian texts continue to be interpreted solely through the lens of their final contributions. First impressions carry weight

Tracking the Master Scribe demonstrates what is to be gained when we engage questions of literary history in the context of how scribes actually worked. Drawing upon the two earliest corpora that allow us to track large-scale change, the book provides substantial hard evidence of revision through introduction, as well as a set of detailed case studies that offer fresh insight into well-known biblical and Mesopotamian texts. The result is the first comprehensive profile of this key scribal method: one that was ubiquitous in the ancient Near East and epitomizes the attitudes of the master scribes toward the literature that they left behind.



New book by Dr. Kurtis Peters!

We are very pleased to announce the publication of a new book by Dr. Kurtis Peters, Hebrew Lexical Semantics and Daily Life in Ancient Israel (Brill, 2016). More information about the book can be found here.

Kurtis has taught Hebrew in CNERS for a few years and this year will add Akkadian to his teaching load as well.

Congratulations Kurtis!


Greek Verse.
In this course we will read Iliad 1 and 6, gaining a familiarity with Homeric verse. We’ll also read some fragments of Sappho.


Islam permeates the landscape of our contemporary world events—whether in relation to immigration, women’s rights, or terrorism. In this course, we will examine the ways that Islam has changed in the last five centuries in order to gain a better understanding of Muslims’ beliefs and practices today. We will analyze the deep impact and transformative effect of events like colonization, Western science, and increased literacy on Muslim peoples. We will survey modern Muslim debates on how their faith should relate to democracy, gender, nationalism, violence, reason, and authority. Students will leave the course better understanding the contested ways Muslims have sought to shape their tradition in the modern world.


Women and Religion in the Islamic Tradition

In this course, we examine recent academic debates that have changed the way we understand women, gender, and Islam. In particular, we will read and discuss key texts in the history of Islamic law and anthropology. The legal texts present and analyze the male-dominated juristic discourse on women in the pre-modern period. They also offer us a social analysis of women’s lived relationship with the law. The anthropological texts examine contemporary Muslim women’s practices in order to question our own scholarship’s Western liberal assumptions about freedom, autonomy, and what it means to be a modern woman. The course aspires to teach students the various ways Muslim women have constructed and lived their religious tradition.


The Roman state developed one of the earliest complex legal systems. They excelled especially in creating a formal judicial system and a detailed framework for civil law. The resulting system of law that emerged forms the basis of most European and American law and influenced many aspects of English Common Law. Through the activities and involvement of these countries with other peoples and nations Roman law had a considerable impact on legal systems of non-Western countries as well.For example, in a South African court, reference is often made to the Digest of Justinian because their legal system is strongly based on Roman law that was brought to South Africa through the Dutch. In this way, therefore, as Brent Shaw says, “Roman politicians, magistrates, and jurists developed many of the fundamental legal principles that are basic to a majority of the formal legal systems in the world today.” This course, therefore, is shaped to provide exposure to the major areas of Roman law. We will begin with consideration of the constitutional law of Rome and how the legal system worked. We will then turn to consider the major categories of the law: the law of persons, the law of property and ownership, the law of succession, contracts and delicts. Our goal will be to understand how the law functioned and the means by which the law was applied in daily life.

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