Glen W. Bowersock

Glen W. Bowersock, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, joined the Institute Faculty in 1980. An authority on Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern history and culture as well as the classical tradition in modern literature, Bowersock uses his knowledge of classical texts, together with inscriptions, coins, mosaics, and archaeological remains, to illuminate the mingling of different cultures and to draw unexpected and revelatory conclusions.

Inevitably the Qur’an is rooted in its time, just as the brutal parts of the Hebrew Bible are. Even so, much of what the Qur’an proclaims is more benevolent and less barbarous than many of the fundamentalist doctrines that emerged in later...

We are a nation shaped by immigrants, as the Statue of Liberty reminds us, but now, horrifyingly, immigrants are increasingly subjected to prejudice for both their ethnic identity and their religion. Older and equally repellent anti-Semitism and...

Glen Bowersock, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, has authored The Crucible of Islam (Harvard...

In these turbulent times in the Middle East, I have found myself working on the rise and fall of a late antique Jewish kingdom along the Red Sea in the Arabian peninsula. Friends and colleagues alike have reacted with amazement and disbelief when...

In this presentation, Glen W. Bowersock, Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, discusses the emergence and interrelated fates of Rome, Constantinople, and Moscow. Rome became the capital of a...