Francesca Rochberg to present 110th Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lecture

January 19, 2023

Francesca Rochberg, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor Emerita of Near Eastern Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, has been named as one of the 2023 Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lecturers at UC Berkeley. For more than a century, UC Berkeley’s academic senate has selected distinguished faculty members whose research has changed the trajectory of their disciplines and expanded the global understanding of a subject. The lecture illuminates Berkeley’s core mission to create new knowledge for the public good. The lecture will take place on Monday, February 13, 2023, 4pm-5pm at the International House. 

Rochberg is an Assyriologist and Historian of Science who focuses on the nature of science in antiquity. Her research materials are the cuneiform sciences, centrally Babylonian astronomy and related astral sciences, and their transmission, transformation and legacy in ancient Greece and the Greco-Roman world.

Her lecture for this event is titled “The History and Transmission of a Babylonian Astronomical Idea.”

Update: To watch a recording of Prof. Rochberg's lecture, click here.