Glen Bowersock

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Glen Warren Bowersock (born January 12, 1936 in Providence ) is an American ancient historian .


Glen Bowersock graduated from Harvard University and received his bachelor's degree in 1957 . With the Rhodes Scholarship (1957-1960) he continued his studies at Oxford University, where he received his bachelor's degree in Literae humaniores with distinction in 1959 . In 1962 he completed his studies with a master’s degree and a doctorate . From 1960 he taught ancient history as a lecturer at Balliol College , Magdalen College and New College (Oxford) .

In 1962 Bowersock returned to Harvard University as a professor of classics and ancient history. In 1969 he was made a full professor, from 1972 to 1977 he was Chairman of the Department of the Classics, then Associated Dean at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 1980 he moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as Professor of Ancient History , where he has been active in research ever since. In 2006 he retired .

Glen Bowersock wrote over 300 studies (monographs, essays and articles) on Greek, Roman and Near Eastern history and their reception. His main research interests include the influence of Hellenism on the Roman Empire, Roman mosaics as historical sources, as well as late antiquity and its modern reception. He researched Roman Arabia and published a book on the late ancient roots of Islam.

Bowersock has received numerous awards for his work. He was visiting professor at numerous universities (e.g. 1966 in Oxford, 1987 at the Collège de France , 1991/1992 Sather Professor in Berkeley, 2011 in Jerusalem) and is a member of numerous scientific societies in Germany and abroad: He is a member of the American Philosophical Society , the American Numismatic Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , external member of the Russian Academy of Sciences , the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei , the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and the Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique and corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute . He also received honorary doctorates from the University of Strasbourg (1980), the École pratique des hautes études in Paris (1990) and the University of Athens (2005). In 2004 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College and a Knight of the Legion of Honor .


  • Augustus and the Greek World . Oxford 1965
  • Greek Sophists in the Roman Empire . Oxford 1969
  • Julian the Apostate . Cambridge (MA) 1978
  • with EC Marchant: Xenophon (translation) . Seven volumes, Cambridge (MA) 1984
  • Gibbon's Historical Imagination . Stanford 1988
  • Hellenism in Late Antiquity . Ann Arbor / Cambridge (MA) 1990
  • Fiction as History. From Nero to Julian . Berkeley / Los Angeles ( Sather Classical Lectures 58)
  • Martyrdom and Rome . Cambridge (MA) 1995
  • Roman Arabia . Cambridge (MA) 1983. Paperback, Cambridge (MA) 1994
  • with Peter Brown and Oleg Grabar: Late Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World . Cambridge (MA) 1999
  • Interpreting Late Antiquity . Cambridge (MA) 2001
  • Mosaics as History: The Near East from Late Antiquity to Islam . Cambridge (MA) 2006
  • On the Donation of Constantine . Cambridge (MA) 2007
  • From Gibbon to Auden: Essays on the Classical Tradition . Oxford 2009
  • Empires in Collision in Late Antiquity . Hanover (NH) 2012 ( technical discussion at Plekos)
  • The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam . Oxford 2013.
  • The cradle of Islam. Mohammed, the Koran and the ancient cultures , CH Beck, Munich 2019, ISBN 978-3-406-73401-4
    • Translation of The crucible of Islam. Harvard UP, Cambridge (MA) 2017

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