Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, Institute for Advanced Study
A preeminent authority on the history of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East, Glen Bowersock was professor of ancient history at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. He served previously as lecturer in ancient history at Balliol, Magdalen, and New College, Oxford (1960-62) and as professor of classics and history at his alma mater, Harvard University. Bowesock has published over 200 articles on Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern history and several distinguished books including Augustus and the Greek World (Oxford, 1965); Greek Sophists in the Roman Empire (Oxford, 1969); Roman Arabia (Harvard, 1983); and Hellenism in Late Antiquity (1990), for which he earned the James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association. Bowersock has received numerous honorary degrees, including honorary degrees from the University of Strasbourg (Sciences Humaines), the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris), and the University of Athens. He was also an honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (2004) at which he was once a Rhodes Scholar. In 2004, Bowersock was named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, an order of merit given by the French government. Glen Bowersock earned his AB summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1957 and another BA with First Class Honors in Literae humaniores from Oxford University in 1959, before receiving his MA and DPhil also at Oxford. Photo courtesy Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Historian Glen Bowersock, confronting analysts of contemporary cultural collisions between Islam and Christianity, lends his knowledge of the Roman world to show that civilizations don't clash, they overlap.
This thesis comes in direct response to Bowersock's colleague, Samuel Huntington. A little over ten years ago, Huntington proposed the idea of a clash of civilizations as both an explanatory tool for understanding major historical conflict and as a predictive device for dealing with conflict. »