Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Ph.D. (with honors) Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago
B.A. (summa cum laude) Department of Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2016 Topoi Excellence Cluster Topoi, Freie Universität Berlin, 1 May- 31July 2016
2013-14 Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.
2010 Research Professorship, Institut für Assyriologie und Hethitologie, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, München
2010-- Senior Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.
2007-- Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley
2007-- Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Office for the History of Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley
1994 Professor, Department of History, University of California, Riverside
1990 Associate Professor, Department of History and Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
1989-1990  Visiting Fellow, Yale University, Department of History of Science
1987-1990  Assistant Professor, Department of History and Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
1985-1986 Visiting Scholar, Universität Tübingen, Altorientalisches Seminar
1980-1987 Research Associate, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Assyrian Dictionary Project
1980 Lecturer, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS and HONORS

2016 Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Freie Universität Berlin, Visiting Fellowship
2013-14 Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU.
2013 The Darwin College Lecture Series, Cambridge University
2012 A.K. Grayson Lecture on Assyrian History and Culture, Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies, University of Toronto, March 14, 2012
2012 Townsend Center for the Humanities, Collaborative Research Seminar (with Carolyn Merchant), Spring 2012
2011 Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Summer Visitorship
2011 Member, International Academy for the History of Science
2010 Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, München
2010 Leon Levy Lecturer, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
2008 Member, American Philosophical Society
2007 Member, Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies
2007– Fellow, Institute for Research in Classical Philosophy and Science
2007 Nebenzahl Lecturer, The Newberry Library, Chicago
2006 Visiting Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford
2005 Webster Lecturer, Archaeological Institute of America
2004 Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside 
1999 John Frederick Lewis Award for Babylonian Horoscopes (American Philosophical Society, 1998)
1996 Michael Polanyi Visiting Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Natural    Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
1993-94  John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1988-1993 Research Associate for NEH Grant "Early Hellenistic Astronomy"
with Institute for Research in Classical  Philosophy and Science,Alan Bowen, Dir.
1982-1987 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship
1974 Phi Beta Kappa

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Oriental Society
American Historical Association
History of Science Society
American Schools of Oriental Research
Archaeological Institute of America
The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
International Association for Assyriology
Commission on History of Ancient and Medieval Astronomy (CHAMA)
 

JOURNAL, SERIES EDITORIAL, and INSTITUTE BOARD MEMBERSHIPS
Aestimatio (Institute for Research in Classical Philosophy and Science IRCPS)
Interpretatio (IRCPS)
Philosophia Antiqua
Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History
Ancient Magic and Divination, Brill/Styx
The Geography of Knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia, Dept of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University
Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, University of Chicago (launched June 2015)
Advisory Board Member, Journal for the History of Astronomy (as of Nov. 2014)
Advisory Board Member, Distant Worlds Journal (as of June 2015)

List of Publications

BOOKS

1. 1987  (editor) Language, Literature and History: Philological and Historical Studies Presented to Erica Reiner (New Haven, CT: American Oriental Society, American Oriental Series vol. 67, 1987).

2. 1988  Aspects of Babylonian Celestial Divination: The Lunar Eclipse Tablets of Enūma Anu Enlil,  Archiv für Orientforschung Beiheft 22 (Horn: Ferdinand Berger und Söhne, 1988).

3. 1998  Babylonian Horoscopes, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society Vol.88, Pt.1 (Philadelphia:American Philosophical Society, 1998)

      Recipient of John Frederick Lewis Award from the American Philosophical        Society, 1998

         Selected Reviews:
         David Brown in Orientalia 69 (2000), pp.122-125.

4. 2004  The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press,  2004), paperback edition (2007)

Selected Reviews:
     http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2005/2005-06-29.html
     http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/6122/1/ReviewOfRobertEHerzstein.pdf
     William W. Hallo, in American Historical Review 111 (2006), pp.592-3 http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10.1086/ahr.111.2.592.pdf?acceptTC=true
      John North, “Stars of Stars,” Times Literary Supplement, Sept. 2,
      2005
      M.J. Geller, in Archiv für Orientforschung  52 (2011), pp. 272 - 274   
      Alexander Jones in Journal for the History of Astronomy 37 (2006), pp.
      353-356.                                                                                                                        

5. 2010 In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and Its Legacy, Studies in Ancient Magic and Divination, (Leiden and Boston: E.J. Brill, 2010)
      
Selected Reviews:
      Lorenzo Verderame, Aestimatio 8 (2011) 162-69
 http://www.ircps.org/publications/aestimatio/rreviews.htm
      Eleanor Robson, in Isis 102 (2011): 754-55
http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/10.1086/664848.pdf?acceptTC=true
      Clemency Montelle, review in JAOS 133 (2013): 370-372
http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7817/jameroriesoci.133.2.0370
      Noel Swerdlow, “Babylonian Astronomy and Celestial Divination,” review in Journal for the History of Astronomy 44 (2013): 98-100 http://ezproxy.library.nyu.edu:15491/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=3&sid=5b4f0345-d37f-4caa-b894-68482adca06a%40sessionmgr4002&hid=4101
       Henryk Drawnel, see http://www.academia.edu/942861/Review_of_Francesca_Rochberg_In_the_Path_of_the_Moon_Babylonian._Celestial_Divination_and_Its_Legacy_Studies_in_Ancient_Magic_and_Divination_6_Leiden_Brill_2010_

6. 2016  Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, in press)

7. 2017 (co-edited with Alan C. Bowen) Ancient Astronomy in its Mediterranean and Near Eastern Contexts (300 BC to AD 300) (forthcoming, Brill, 2017, in preparation)
                                                           
8. ---- Old Babylonian Lunar Eclipse Omens (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, in preparation)

9. ----  (co-authored with Nils Heeßel) Mesopotamian Divination, Handbuch der Orientalistik (Leiden and Boston: E.J. Brill, in preparation)
                                                                                   
10. Narrative in Cuneiform Historical Texts: Form, Function, and Implications for the History of Historiography

CO-EDITED SERIES

Series Co-Editor with Alan C. Bowen: Interpretatio: Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Classical Science (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc.)

 1. 1991  Alan C. Bowen ed., Science and Philosophy in Classical Greece (New           York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., Sources and Studies in the         History and Philosophy of Classical Science Vol. 2)

2. 1992  John Phillips Britton, Models and Precision: The Quality of Ptolemy's             Observations and Parameters (New York and London: Garland Publishing              Inc., Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Classical Science          Vol.1)

 3. 1996  J.L. Berggren and R.S.D. Thomas, Euclid's Phaenomena: A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Treatise in Spherical Astronomy (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., Sources and Studies in the History
and Philosophy of Classical Science Vol. 4)

JOURNAL ARTICLES and BOOK CHAPTERS

1. 1979 (with P.Zimansky) "The University of Iowa Cuneiform Texts," Journal of Cuneiform Studies 31 (1979), pp.127-148.

2. 1981 "Astronomy in the Ancient Near East," Encyclopedia Miqraith  vol.8, pp.526-542 (in Hebrew).

3. 1982 "Fate and Divination in Mesopotamia," Archiv für Orientforschung Beiheft 19 (1982), pp.363-371.

4. 1983 "Stellar Distances in Early Babylonian Astronomy: A New Perspective on HS 229," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 42 (1983), pp.209-217.

5. 1983 libretto for George Rochberg, Songs of Inanna and Dumuzi (Bryn Mawr, PA: Theodore Presser Company, 1983).

6. 1984 "New Evidence for the History of Astrology," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 43 (1984), pp.115-140.

7. 1984 "Canonicity in Cuneiform Texts," Journal of Cuneiform Studies 36 (1984), pp.127-144.

8. 1987 "The Assumed 29th ahû Tablet of Enūma Anu Enlil," in Language, Literature, and History: Philological and Historical Studies Presented to Erica Reiner, F. Rochberg-Halton, ed. (1987), pp.327-350.
9. 1987 "Elements of the Babylonian Contribution to Hellenistic Astrology," Journal of the American Oriental Society 108 (1987), pp.51-62.

10. 1987 "TCL 6 13: Mixed Traditions in Late Babylonian Astrology," Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 77 (1987), pp.207-228.

11. 1988 "Benefic and Malefic Planets in Babylonian Astrology,"in Erle Leichty; Pamela Gerardi; Abraham Sachs; Maria deJ Ellis, eds., A Scientific Humanist: Studies in Memory of Abraham Sachs (University of Pennsylvania, Phila., Pa), pp.319-324.

12.1988 "Naburimannu," in Great Lives from History:Ancient and Mediaeval
 Series (Salem Press,   Englewood Cliff, N.J.), vol.3, pp.1439-1443.

13.1989 "Babylonian Seasonal Hours," Centaurus 32 (1989), pp.146-170.

14.1989 "Babylonian Horoscopes and Their Sources," Orientalia NovaSeries 58 (1989), pp.102-123 and pls.I and II.

15.1990 "Astronomy and Astrology and the Birth of Scientific Inquiry," Bulletin of the Society for Mesopotamian Studies 10 (1990), pp. 25-33.
                         
16.1990  Harper's Dictionary of Religion, (American Academy of Religion) entries:
16 a akitu;Assyro-Babylonian Religion (First Millennium);
16 b Esagila; Esarhaddon;
16 c Ishtar;Marduk;
16d Oannes; Rosetta Stone

17.1991 "Between Observation and Theory in Babylonian Astronomical Texts," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 50 (1991), pp.107-120.

18.1991  "The Babylonian Astronomical Diaries," a review article of A.Sachs-Hunger, Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia vol.1(Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophische Klasse, Denkschriften, 195. Band, Vienna,1988), Journal of the American Oriental Society 110 (1991), pp.323-332.
                                
19.1992 "Astrology," Anchor Bible Dictionary  vol.1 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), pp.504-507.

20.1992 "Calendars (Ancient Near East)," Anchor Bible Dictionary Vol.I, pp.810-814.
21.1992  "The Cultures of Ancient Science: Some Historical Reflections," Isis 83 (1992), pp.547-553.

     21 a. Anthologized in M. Shank ed., The Scientific Enterprise in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), pp.23-29.

22.1993  "The Cultural Locus of Astronomy in Late Babylonia," in H. Galter, ed., Die Rolle der Astronomie in den Kulturen Mesopotamiens (3.Grazer Morgenländische Studien, 1993), pp.31-47.

23.1993 "Babylonian Cosmology," for The History of Cosmology: Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Foundations of Modern Cosmology, N. Hetherington ed. (Garland Publishing Inc.,1993), pp.398-408.

     23 a. Reprinted in paperback edition, Cosmology: Historical, Literary,      Philosophical, Religious, and Scientific Perspectives, ed. Noriss S.      Hetherington (=Garland Reference Library of the Humanities vol. 1634)      (Garland Publishing, New York and London, 1993), pp.37-52.

24.1994  "Babylonian Astronomy," for Encyclopedia of the History of Astronomy (New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1994), pp.87-92.

25.1995 "Babylonian Astronomy and Calendars," in  Jack M. Sasson ed., Civilizations of the Ancient Near East Vol.III (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1995), pp.1925-1940.

26.1996  (with P.-A. Beaulieu) "The Horoscope of Anu-bēlšunu," Journal of Cuneiform Studies 48 (1996), pp.89-94.

27.1996  "Personifications and Metaphors in Babylonian Celestial Omina," Journal of the American Oriental Society  116 (1996), pp.475-485.

28.1999 "Empiricism in Babylonian Omen Texts: Problems in the Classification of Mesopotamian Divination as Science," Journal of the American Oriental Society 119/4 (1999), pp.559-569.

29.1999  "Continuity and Change in Omen Literature" in Barbara Böck, Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum and Thomas Richter edd., Munuscula Mesopotamica: Festschrift für Johannes Renger (Münster:Ugarit Verlag, Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 252 1999), pp.415-427.

30.1999  "Babylonian Horoscopy: The Texts and Their Relations," in N.M. Swerdlow,ed.,  Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999), 39-60.

31.1999  "The Babylonian Origins of the Mandaean Book of the Zodiac" ARAM 11-12 (1999-2000), pp.237-247.

32.2000 "Scribes and Scholars: The tupšār Enūma Anu Enlil," in Joachim Marzahn and Hans Neumann, eds., Assyriologica et Semitica, Festschrift für Joachim Oelsner anläßich seines 65. Geburtstages am 18. Februar 1997 (Münster: Ugarit Verlag, Alter Orient und Altes Testament, 267, 2000), pp. 359-375.

33.2001 “Mesopotamian Divination,”in Vincenzo Cappelletti, ed., Storia della Scienza Vol. I. La Scienza antica (Rome: Enciclopedia Italiana, 2001), pp.249-266.

34.2001 "Late Babylonian Astrology: The Horoscopes," in Vincenzo Cappelletti, ed., Storia della Scienza Vol. I. La Scienza antica (Rome: Enciclopedia Italiana, 2001), pp.431-433.

35.2001 “The Transmission of Babylonian Astronomy,” in Vincenzo Cappelletti, ed., Storia della Scienza Vol. I. La Scienza antica (Rome: Enciclopedia Italiana, 2001), pp.426-431.

36.2001"The Historical Significance of Astronomy in Roman Egypt,” Review Essay of Alexander Jones, Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1999) Isis 92 (2001), pp.745-748.

37.2002 "A Consideration of Babylonian Astronomy within the Historiography of Science," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 33 (2002), pp.661-684

38.2003 “Lunar Data in Babylonian Horoscopes,” in P. Barker, A.C. Bowen, J.Chabas, G. Freudenthal, and T. Langermann, eds., Astronomy and Astrology from the Babylonians to Kepler: Essays Presented to Bernard R. Goldstein on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, Centaurus 45 (2003), pp. 32-45.

39.2003 "Heaven and Earth:Divine-Human Relations in Mesopotamian Celestial Divination," in Scott B. Noegel, Joel Walker and Brannon M. Wheeler,eds., Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003), pp.169-185.

40.2004 “A Babylonian Rising-Times Scheme in Non-Tabular Astronomical Texts,” in Charles Burnett, Jan Hogendijk, K. Plofker and Michio Yano, eds., Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences in Honour of David Pingree (Leiden: Brill, 2004), pp.56-94

41.2005 “Mesopotamian Cosmology,” for Daniel Snell, ed., Blackwell’s Companion to the Ancient Near East (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), pp.316-329.

42. 2005 Contributions to Encyclopedia of Ancient Natural Scientists : The Greek Tradition and its Many Heirs, edited by Paul T. Keyser and Georgia Irby-Massie, (Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2008).
42 a. Balbillos, p.188.
42 b. Teukros of Babylon, p.778.
42 c. Kritodemus, p.493.
42 d. Epigenes, p.290.
42 e. Kidenas, p.475.
42 f. Sudines, pp.767-68.
42 g. Naburianos, p.567.
42 h. Petosiris/ Nechepso-Petosiris, pp.637-38.
42 I. Babylonian Astronomy, pp.185-86.

43. 2006 “Old Babylonian Celestial Divination: Texts and Context,”in M. Waters et al., eds., If A Man Builds A Joyful House: Assyriological Studies in Honor of Erle Verdun Leichty (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp.336-348.

44. 2006 “The Two Cultures and the Historical Perspective on Science as a Culture,”  Forum for Public Policy http://www.forumonpublicpolicy.com/archive07/rochberg.pdf

45.2007 “Marduk in Heaven,” Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 97 (2007), pp.433-442.

46.2008 “A Short History of the Waters of the Firmament,” in Micah Ross, ed., From the Banks of the Euphrates: Studies in Honor of Alice Louise Slotsky,  (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2008), pp.227-244.

47.2008 “Babylonian Astronomy: The Hellenistic Transmission,” Mélanges de l’Université Saint-Joseph 61 (2008), pp. 13-32.

48.2009 “The Stars Their Likenesses,” in Barbara Nevling Porter ed., What Is a God? Anthropomorphic and Non-Anthropomorphic Aspects of Deity in Ancient Mesopotamia (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009), pp.1-52.

49.2009 “Inference, Conditionals, and Possibility in Ancient Mesopotamian Science,” Science in Context 22 (2009), pp. 4-25.

50.2010 “ Sheep and Cattle, Cows and Calves: The Sumero-Akkadian Astral Gods as Livestock,” S. Melville and A. Slotsky, eds., Opening the Tablet Box: Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Benjamin R. Foster, Culture and History of the Ancient Near East, vol. 42 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010), pp. 347-359.

51.2010 “If P, then Q: Form, Reasoning and Truth in Babylonian Divination,” in A. Annus ed., Divination and Interpretation of Signs in the Ancient World, Oriental Institute Seminars, 6 (Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications, 2010), pp.19-27.

52.2010 “Beyond Binarism in Babylon,” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 35.3-4, issue History and Human Nature, Willard McCarty and Brad Inwood, eds., pp.253-265.                    

53.2010 “God-talk and Star-talk in Cuneiform and its Legacy in Later Antiquity,” in Jeffrey Stackert, Barbara Nevling Porter, and David P. Wright eds., Gazing on the Deep: Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Jewish Studies  in Honor of Tzvi Abusch (Bethesda, Md.: CDL Press, 2010), pp.189-200.

54.2010 “Babylonian Astral Science in the Hellenistic World: Reception and Transmission,” CAS LMU e-Series Nr. 4 (2010), pp. 1-11,
 http://www.cas.uni-muenchen.de/publikationen/e_series/cas-eseries_nr4.pdf.

55. 2011 “Scientific Observation and Knowledge of the World in Cuneiform Culture” E. Robson and K. Radner, eds., The Oxford Companion to Cuneiform Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.618-636.

56.2011 “The Heavens and the Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia:The View from a Polytheistic Cosmology,” in Beate Pongratz-Leisten ed., Reconsidering Revolutionary Monotheism (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2011), pp.117-136.

57.2011 “Divine Causality and Cuneiform Divination,” in G.Frame, Erle Leichty, Jeffery Tigay, and Steve Tinney eds., A Common Cultural Heritage:  Studies in Mesopotamia and the Biblical World in Honor of Barry L. Eichler, (Bethesda, MD.:CDL Press, 2011), pp. 189-203.

58.2011 "Natural Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia," in Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers and Michael M. Shank (eds.), Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), pp.9-36.

59.2012 “The Expression of Terrestrial and Celestial Order in Ancient Mesopotamia,” in Richard Talbert ed. Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), pp. 9-46.

60. 2013 “The History of Science and Ancient Mesopotamia,” Journal of Near Eastern History 1, pp. 37-60.

61. 2014 “Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Celestial Sciences” in 
Wouter Henkelman, Charles Jones, Michael Kozuh, and Christopher 
Woods, eds., Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper, (Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications, 2014), pp.211-218.

62. 2014 “A Firm Yes”: Certainty in the Assyrian Culture of Knowledge,” in Bulletin for the Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies 7 (2014), pp. 5-12.

63. 2015 “Conceiving the History of Science Forward,” The Frontiers of Ancient Science: Essays in Honor of Heinrich von Staden, eds. Arsenio Ferraces Rodríguez, Klaus-Dietrich Fischer, and  Brooke Holmes (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), pp. 515-31.

64. 2015 “The Babylonians and the Rational: Contexts of Rational Reasoning in Cuneiform Scribal Scholarship,” in J. Cale Johnson ed., In the Wake of the Compendia: How Technical Handbooks and Encyclopedia Reshape Early Mesopotamian Empiricism, Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Cultures (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015), pp.209-248.

65. 2015 “Canon and Power in Cuneiform Scribal Scholarship,” in Kim Ryholt and Gojko Barjamovic eds., Problems of Canonicity and Identity Formation in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (Copenhagen: Carsten Niebuhr Institute), pp.217-229.

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Forthcoming:

66.2010 “A Critique of the Cognitive-historical Thesis of The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man,” in The Adventure of the Human Intellect: Self, Society, the Divine in Ancient World Cultures, ed. Kurt A. Raaflaub (Malden MA and Oxford: Wiley, 2016).

67. 2011 “Where were the Laws of Nature before there was Nature?”in Konrad Schmid and Christoph Uehlinger, eds., Laws of Heaven–Laws of Nature: The Legal Interpretation of Cosmic Phenomena in the Ancient World,” Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis (OBO, Fribourg: Academic Press, and Goettingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)

68. 2011 “Science and Ancient Mesopotamia,” Cambridge History of Science, ed. Alexander Jones and Liba Taub, series editors David C. Lindberg and Ronald Numbers (Cambridge University Press).

69.2011 “The Astral Sciences of Mesopotamia,”  Oxford Handbook of Science & Medicine in the Classical World, ed. Paul T. Keyser and John Scarborough (Oxford University Press.).
                                   
70. 2013 “Foresight in Ancient Mesopotamia,” in Foresight, Lawrence W. Sherman, ed., Darwin College Lecture Series (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

71. 2013  “Astrology and Astronomy,” in Gonzalo Rubio ed., A Handbook of Ancient Mesopotamia, (Berlin: De Gruyter)

72. 2013 “An Ancient Celestial Empire of Benevolent Knowledge,” John M. Steele, ed., Brack-Bernsen FS.

73. (with Alan C. Bowen) Introduction to Bowen-Rochberg, eds., Ancient Astronomy in its Mediterranean and Near Eastern Contexts (Brill)

74. 2013 (with Kurt A. Raaflaub) Introduction to The Adventure of the Human Intellect: Self, Society, the Divine in Ancient World Cultures, ed. K. Raaflaub (Malden MA and Oxford: Wiley, 2016 ).

75. 2014 “Echoes of Babylonian Planetary Theory in Greco-Latin Sources,” in Bowen and Rochberg, eds., Ancient Astronomy in its Mediterranean and Near Eastern Contexts (Brill)

76. 2014 “Babylonian Celestial Divination and Nativities,” in Bowen and Rochberg eds., Ancient Astronomy in its Mediterranean and Near Eastern Contexts (Brill)

77. 2014. “The Brown School of the History of Science: Historiography and the Astral Sciences,” in John M. Steele, ed. The Circulation of Astronomical Knowledge in the Ancient World (Proceedings of Brown 250th Conference).

78. 2015 “Categories, Kinds, and Determinatives” in Cale Johnson, ed.,Die Sprache des Bewusstseins und das Bewusstsein von Sprache im Alten Orient.

79. 2016 “Ina lumun attalī Sin: On Evil and Lunar Eclipses,” in The Sources of Evil: Complexity and systematization, differentiation and interdependency in Mesopotamian exorcistic lore, edited Daniel Schwemer, Ancient Magic and Divination, vol. ? (Brill)

REVIEWS

1.1982  Review of Hermann Hunger-Rudolf Dvorak, Ephemeriden von Sonne, Mond, und hellen Planeten von -1000 bis -601 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Klasse, 155. Band, 1981), Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 72 (1982), pp.299-300.

2.1985 (with N.Swerdlow) Review of Hermann Hunger-Rudolf Dvorak, Ephemeriden von Sonne,Mond, und hellen Planeten von -1000 bis -601 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophisch-historische Klasse, 155. Band, 1981), Journal of Near Eastern Studies 44 (1985), pp.237-239.

3.1990 Review of A.Sachs-H.Hunger, Astronomical Diaries and Related Texts from Babylonia vol.I, II (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, philosophische Klasse, Denkschriften, 195. Band, Vienna, 1988), Orientalia Nova Series 58 (1989), pp.551-555.

4.1997 Review of O. Pedersen, Early Physics and Astronomy: A Historical Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1993 rev.ed.) Journal of Near Eastern Studies 56, No.4 (1997),pp. 283-285.

5.1995 Review of H.J. Nissen, P. Damerow, R.K. Englund, Archaic Bookeeping: Writing and Techniques of Economic Administration in the Ancient Near East trans. by Peter Larsen, (The University of Chicago Press, 1990) Isis 86/2 (1995), pp. 309-310.

6.1999 Review of Jack N. Lawson, The Concept of Fate in Ancient Mesopotamia of the First Millennium: Toward an Understanding of Simtu (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag) Journal of Near Eastern Studies 58 (1999), pp.54-58.

7.2002 Review of Alexander Jones, Astronomical Papyri from Oxyrhynchus (P. Oxy. 4133-4300a) 2 vols. (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society 233, 1999), Journal of Near Eastern Studies 61 (2002).

8.2006 Review of Reiner-Pingree, BPO 4 (in prep) for AfO.

9.2008 Review of John M. Steele, ed., Calendars and Years: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient Near East (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2007) for Journal of the History of Astronomy 39 (2008), pp.541-543.

10.2011 Review of Lambert, Babylonian Oracle Questions

11. 2012 TLS review of P.G. Maxwell-Stuart, Astrology: From Ancient Babylon to the Present (Glousestershire: Amberley Press, 2012)

12. 2013/2014 “The Scientific Imagination of the Other,” Review of G.E.R. Lloyd, Being, Humanity, and Understanding: Studies in Ancient and Modern Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012),  Metascience 23 (2014), pp.165-168, and May 2013; http://link.springer.com/static-content/lookinside/78/art%253A10.1007%252Fs11016-013-9808-0/000.png.

13. 2013 Review of Jeffrey L. Cooley, Poetic Astronomy in the Ancient Near East: The Reflexes of Celestial Science in Ancient Mesopotamia, Ugaritic, and Israelite Narrative, History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Levant, 5 (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns), Journal for the History of Astronomy 45 (2014), pp.127-129.

14. 2015 Review of David Pingree, Pathways into the Study of Ancient Sciences: Selected Essays by David Pingree (American Philosophical Society Press), ed. Isabelle Pingree and John M. Steele, Journal for the History of Astronomy


Lectures and Conference Papers Since 1995


1995  "Personifications and Metaphors in Babylonian Celestial Omina," 205th American Oriental Society Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
1995  "Late Babylonian Traditionalism and the Emergence of Science,"  Department of Near Eastern Languages, University of California, Los Angeles.
1996   "The Rising Times of the Zodiac and the Length of Daylight in Babylonian Astronomy," 206th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Philadelphia, PA.
1996  "The Origins of Science: The Impact of Babylonian Astronomy on the History and Philosophy of Science," Michael Polanyi Visiting Lecture in the History and Philosophy of Natural Science, Sept. 17, 1996
1996  "Babylonian Mathematical Astronomy," Dept. of Physics, State University of California, Long Beach, Oct. 28, 1996
1998  "Empiricism in Babylonian Omen Texts and Problems in the Classification of Mesopotamian Divination as Science," 208th Meeting of the American Oriental Society, April 6, 1998, New Orleans, LA.
1998   "Historical Implications of Scientific Realism: A Response to Walter Burkert's 'Revealing Nature Amidst Multiple Cutures. A Discourse with Ancient Greeks'," invited symposiast in the Tanner Lecture Program, University of Michigan, Oct. 31, 1998.
1999  "Continuity and Change: Omen Literature as Canon, University of California, Riverside, Dept. of Comparative Literatures and Languages, January, 1999
1999  "On Prediction in Babylonian Science: The Case of Celestial Divination" AOS Baltimore, March 1999.
1999 "A Consideration of Empiricism in Mesopotamian Divination," Conference held at Stanford University, May 21-23, 1999
1999  "Babylonian Celestial Divination and Astrology in the Mandaean Book of the Zodiac" for The Mandaeans: A Conference at Harvard University, 13-15 June, 1999
1999 "Babylonian Horoscopes: Science, Religion, and the Individual at the end of Mesopotamian Civilization," Autumn Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, Nov. 1999
2000 "Heaven and Earth: Cosmological Inferences from Mesopotamian Celestial Divination," for symposium "Prayer, Magic, and the Stars," University of Washington, March 4-6, 2000
2000 "Criteria for the Classification of Babylonian Astronomy in Modern Historiography of Science," West Coast Branch of the History of Science Society, May 5-7, Berkeley CA.
2001 “Natural Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Madison Conference on the History of Science in honor of David C. Lindberg, April 2001.
2002 “Old Babylonian Celestial Divination,” Workshop on Babylonian Astronomy at Brown University, Providence R.I., June 2002.
2003 “ The Roots of Western Astrology: Ancient Mesopotamian Celestial Omina and Horoscopes,” History of Science Society Meeting, Cambridge MA, Nov. 2003.
2004 “Getting Past Science and Non-Science: Babylonian Astronomy and the History of Science,” USC Dept. of Classics,  April 13, 2004
2004 “The Stars Their Likenesses,” Casco Bay Assyriological Institute Conference on “What is a God?,” Chebeague Maine, Sept. 17-21, 2004
2005“Astral Deities in Ancient Mesopotamia,” American Oriental Society, Philadelphia, March 2005
2005 “The Astronomy of Ancient Mesopotamia” Webster Lecture, Archaeological Institute of America, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Oct. 27,
2005 “The Astronomy of Ancient Mesopotamia” Archaeological Institute of America Lecture, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI Oct.31
2005 “The Astronomy of Ancient Mesopotamia” Archaeological Institute of America Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI Nov. 1
2005 “Babylonian Mathematical Astronomy,” UC Berkeley Dept. of Near Eastern Studies Seminar, Dec 5, 2005
2005 “The Historiography of Babylonian Astronomy,” Berkeley Colloquium, Office of the History of Science and Technology, Dec 5, 2005.
2006 “Cosmology and Astronomy in Ancient Mesopotamia” Plenary lecture, American Oriental Society, Seattle, WA. March 19, 2006
2006 “The Historical Perspective on Science as a Culture,” Oxford Round Table, Rhodes House,  Oxford University July 9-14, 2006
2007 “Polytheistic Cosmology and the Question of Universal Theology,” Princeton University, Center for the Study of Religion, Feb. 10-11, 2007
2007 Ancient Astrology Workshop, Warburg Institute, London, on 16 and 17 February 2007.
2007 “Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Astronomy,” Brown University, March 5, 2007
2007 “The Place of Babylonian Astronomy in the General History of Science,” University of Pennsylvania Colloquium in the History and Sociology of Science, March 26, 2007
2007 “Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Astronomy,” Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, History of Science Seminar, April 11, 2007
2007 “Babylonian Astronomy and the Historiography of Science,” Columbia University, Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, May 1, 2007
2007 “Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Astronomy,” Dept of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 30, 2007
2007 “Babylonian Astronomy: The Hellenistic Transmission,” UC Berkeley Conference on Hellenistic Babylonia Oct 5, 2007
2007 ““By Means of Maps”: The Expression of Terrestrial and Celestial Order in Ancient Mesopotamia,” 16th Nebenzahl Lecture, The Newberry Library, Chicago, November 2007
2007 “The Reception of Babylonian Science within the General History of Science,” University College London, Dec. 10, 2007
2007 “Inference from Evidence in Ancient Mesopotamian Thought: Omen Texts and Inferential Reasoning,” Leverhulme Conference on Evidence and Inference, University of London, December 17, 2007
2008  Brown University Conference Sixty Years After: The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man
2008 “Babylonian Omens and Inferential Reasoning,” Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology symposium, University of California, Berkeley, April 22, 2008
2008  “New Light on Mesopotamian Maps and Mapping,” Warburg Institute, London, December 4, 2008
2009 “If P, then Q”: Toward A Theory of Signs in Babylonian Divination, Oriental Institute Symposium, Mar 4-6, 2009
2009 “Divination and Divine Causality,” Eichler Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, Mar. 30, 2009
2009 “Prediction in Mesopotamian Science,” ICHST Budapest, July 2009
2010 “Babylonian Astral Science in the Hellenistic World: Reception and Transmission,” Center for Advanced Studies,  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, April 29, 2010
2010 “Divine Causality and Babylonian Divination,” Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Graduiertenkolleg “Götterbilder-Gottesbilder-Weltbilder,” May 6, 2010 “Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Celestial Sciences,” Kolloquium zum Alten Orient, LMU, Munich May 11, 2010
2010 “Canon and Power in Cuneiform Texts,” Conference, “Problems of Canonicity and Identity Formation in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia,”Centre for Canon and Identity Formation – University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, May 28, 2010
2010 “A Cultural Matrix for Babylonian Astral Science in the Hellenistic World,” McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge University, May 31, 2010
2010 “The Cultural Dynamism of Astral Science in the Hellenistic Age,” Leon Levy Lecture, ISAW/NYU, November 4, 2010
2010 “Canon and Power in Cuneiform Texts,” American Schools of Oriental Research, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 17-20, 2010
2011 “Conceiving the History of Science Forward” American Oriental Society 221st Meeting, March 11, 2011, Chicago
2011 “Before Nature: Babylonian Legal Metaphors and Divine Cosmic Order ” Conference entitled “Laws of Heaven–Laws of Nature: The Legal Interpretation of Cosmic Phenomena in the Ancient World,” Universitä Zürich, Sept. 5-6, 2011
2011 “Where were the ‘Laws of Nature’ before there was Nature?”  AHMA Noon Colloquium Series, UC Berkeley, Oct. 3, 2011
2011 “The Copernicans and Prognostication: Continuities with Antiquity,” History of Science Society, Robert S.Westman’s, The Copernican Question (2011): A Symposium, Nov. 5, 2011.
2012 ““A Firm Yes”: Divination in the Assyrian Culture of Knowledge,” A.K. Grayson  Lecture on Assyrian History and Culture, University of Toronto, March 14, 2012
2012 “The Laws of Nature Before Nature,” Seminar, University of Toronto, March 15, 2012.
2012 “If P Then Q: Reasoning in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Caltech, April 17, 2012
2012 “The ‘Laws of Nature’ before Nature,” ISAW seminar, May 2012
2012 “A Firm Yes”: Certainty in the Assyrian Culture of Knowledge,” Chicago-Paris Workshop on Religion as a Form of Knowledge, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, Sept. 24-25, 2012.
2013 “Foresight in the Ancient Mesopotamia,” Darwin Lecture Series, Darwin College, Cambridge, March 8, 2013.
2013 “The ‘Laws of Nature’ before Nature,” UCL March 11, 2013.
2013 “Science and Ancient Mesopotamia,” University College London, March 2013
2013 “Foresight, Forecasting and the Future in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Peabody Museum, Harvard, May 9, 2013
2013 “Foresight, Forecasting and the Future in Ancient Mesopotamia,” Royal Ontario Museum, November 21, 2013.
2014 “The Babylonians and the Rational,” Harvard, March 8, 2014
2014 “The Babylonians and the Rational,” ISAW March 24, 2014
2014  “The Babylonians and the Rational,”Brown University, April 10, 2014.
2014 Brown University 250th Anniversary,”The Brown School of the History of Science: Historiography and the Ancient Astral Sciences” April 11, 2014.
2014 “Categories, Kinds, and Determinatives,”Conference: Die Sprache des Bewusstseins und das Bewusstsein von Sprache im Alten Orient, Berlin, 17  November 2014.
2015 “Ina lumun attalī Sin: On Evil and Lunar Eclipses,” Würzburg conference  on the topic The Sources of Evil: Complexity and systematization, differentiation and interdependency in Mesopotamian exorcistic lore. April, 2015.
2015 "The Representation of Phenomena in Babylonian Astronomical Models,"  in the session “Knowing Nature in the Ancient World” at the San Francisco meeting of the History of Science Society, November 20, 2015
2015 “What we Talk about when we Talk about Knowledge: Historical Epistemology in the Ancient Near East,” for a panel “Interaction and Change in Ancient Near Eastern Scribal Cultures” in the session Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literatures at the Atlanta meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 22, 2015.

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2007 With Markam Geller, Evidence and Inference, Leverhulme, University of London, December 17, 2007
2008 With Kurt Raaflaub, Sixty Years After: Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man, Brown University, March 5-7, 2008
2009 Symposium on Prediction in Ancient Science, International Union of History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology, IUHPS/DHST, XXIII International Congress of History of Science and Technology: Ideas and Instruments in Social Context, Budapest, Hungary 2009

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The Assyrian Dictionary, Vol. 14 “R” (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, 1999).
The Assyrian Dictionary, Vol.  15 “S” (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, 1984).
The Assyrian Dictionary, Vol. 17 “Š Part I” (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Oriental Institute and Glückstadt, Germany: J.J. Augustin Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1989).
The Assyrian Dictionary, Vol. 17 “Š Part II” (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Oriental Institute and Glückstadt, Germany: J.J. Augustin Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1992).
The Assyrian Dictionary, Vol. 17 “Š Part III” (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, Oriental Institute and Glückstadt, Germany: J.J. Augustin Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1992).

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