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Dr Sebastian Brock FBA

Syriac Studies
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About this Fellow

Born 1938 to James Brock (archaeologist) and Ursula Brock (nee Cooper, silk weaver). 1966, married to Helen M.C.Brock (nee Hughes; archaeologist). Educated at Eton College (King's Scholar), and Trinity College Cambridge (Classics and Oriental Languages [Hebrew and Aramaic]); DPhil Oxford 1966. Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, University of Birmingham (Department of Theology) 1964-1967; Lecturer in Hebrew, then Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, Cambridge University, 1967-1974; Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac, then Reader in Syriac Studies, Oxford University, 1974-2003; 2003- Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.



Current post

  • Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Formerly Reader in Syriac Studies, University of Oxford, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1990
  • Lecturer, Reader in Aramaic and Syriac, University of Oxford, 1974
  • Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic, University of Cambridge, 1967 - 1974


Treasure-House of Mysteries: Explorations of the Sacred Text through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition 2012 (Yonkers NY)

The luminous eye: the spiritual world vision of St Ephrem 1985

Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian) 'The second part' chapters IV-XLI 1995

Catalogue of Syriac fragments (new finds) in the library of the Monastery of St Catherine, Mount Sinai 1995

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Professor Yutaka Yoshida

The philological and historical studies of Sogdian and other Middle Iranian texts unearthed from the area along the ancient Silk Roads

Professor Simon Swain

Culture and history of the Greek world under Rome; History of Medicine in antiquity and the middle ages; the legacy of Greek thought in medieval Islam

Professor Richard Widdess

Musicology of South Asia, including history, theory, analysis and social context of music in North India and Nepal; music and religion in South Asia; analysis of world music; music cognition, performance and meaning in oral traditions

Professor Andrew Gerstle

The cultural and social history of 17th-19th century Japan, with particular reference to Bunraku and Kabuki theatres, popular literature, sexuality and the visual arts