Glen Bowersock

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


Glen Bowersock studied at Harvard University and earned a Bachelor degree in 1957. With the Rhodes scholarship (1957-1960), he continued his studies at Oxford University, where he received the Bachelor degree in 1959 Literae Humaniores with distinction. In 1962 he completed his studies with a master and doctorate. From 1960 he taught as a Lecturer Ancient History at Balliol College, Magdalen College and New College (Oxford).

Bowersock 1962 returned as a professor of Classics and Ancient History at Harvard University back. In 1969 he was appointed Full Professor, 1972 to 1977, he was Chairman of the Department of the Classics, then Associated Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 1980 he moved as Professor of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he has since been active in research. In 2006 he became Professor Emeritus.

Glen Bowersock authored over 300 studies ( monographs, essays and articles ) on Greek, Roman and Near Eastern history and its reception. His research interests include the influence of Hellenism in the Roman Empire, Roman mosaics as historical sources as well as the late antiquity and its modern reception.

For his work Bowersock has won many awards. He was at numerous universities Visiting Professor ( for example, 1966 in Oxford, in 1987 at the Collège de France, 1991/1992 Sather Professor at Berkeley, 2011 in Jerusalem) and is a member of numerous scientific societies at home and abroad: He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Numismatic Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign 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, Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute. He also received an honorary doctorate 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 appointed an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, and a Knight of the Legion of Honour.


  • Augustus and the Greek World. Oxford 1965
  • Greek Sophists in the Roman Empire. Oxford 1969
  • Julian the Apostate. Cambridge (MA) 1978
  • E. C. 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 Post Classical 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
  • The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam. Oxford 2013.