Recorded: May 29, 2019
Event: Ancient Iran and the Classical World, An International Symposium
Citation: Haubold, Johannes. "The Making of the Chaldeans," Ancient Iran and the Classical World, An International Symposium. May 29, 2019
by Johannes Haubold (Princeton University)
The Making of the Chaldeans
About the Speaker
After learning Akkadian as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, Haubold became interested in Babylonian literature and its relationship to that of Greece: the monograph Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature, CUP 2013 (recipient of the PROSE Award in the category ‘Classics and Ancient History’) and ‘The Achaemenid Empire and the Sea’, an article that investigates how the Persians understood their invasion of Greece under Xerxes (Editor’s Choice in the 30th year edition of Mediterranean Historical Review) stem from that interest. He have also edited The World ofBerossos, with Gianni Lanfranchi, Robert Rollinger and John Steele (Harrassowitz 2013) and Keeping Watch in Babylon: The Astronomical Diaries in Context, with John Steele and Kathryn Stevens (Brill 2019). The Astronomical Diaries from Babylon, which are still barely known even among specialist scholars, formed the basis of ‘Chaldean’ astrology and thus deeply influenced the way people from across the ancient world lived their lives. He is also a member of the Academy of Europe and have held visiting fellowships at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the University of Leiden, and a visiting professorship at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris.