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Dr John Watt 


Recent and forthcoming articles


‘Greek Philosophy and Syriac Culture in ‘Abbasid Iraq’, in Erica C. D. Hunter (ed.), The Christian Heritage of Iraq. Collected papers from the Christianity of Iraq I-V Seminar Days (Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies 13) (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2009), 10-37


‘Literary and Philosophical Rhetoric in Syriac’, in Frédérique Woerther (ed.), Literary and Philosophical Rhetoric in the Greek, Roman, Syriac and Arabic Worlds (Europaea Memoria, I, 66)  (Hildesheim: Olms, 2009), 141-154


‘Graeco-Syriac Tradition and Arabic Philosophy in Bar Hebraeus’, in H. Teule and C. F. Tauwinkl, B.ter Haar Romeny and J.van Ginkel (eds), The Syriac Renaissance. Eastern Christian Studies, vol. 9 (Louvain: Peeters, 2010), 123-33


‘Commentary and Translation in Syriac Aristotelian Scholarship: Sergius to Baghdad’, Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 4 (2010) 35-52. Online at


‘Aristotle’s Rhetoric and Political Thought in the Christian Orient and in al-Farabi, Avicenna, and Averroes’, in Vasileios Syros (ed.), Well Begun is only Half Done. Tracing Aristotle’s Political Ideas in Medieval Arabic, Syriac, Byzantine, Jewish, and Indo-Persian Sources. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, vol. 388 (Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2011), 17-47


‘Von Alexandrien nach Bagdad: ein erneuter Besuch bei Max Meyerhof’, in Alfons Fürst (ed.), Origenes und sein Erbe in Orient und Okzident (Adamantiana. Texte und Studien zu Origenes und seinem Erbe, 1) (Münster: Aschendorff, 2011), 213-226


‘From Sergius to Matta. Aristotle and Pseudo-Dionysius in Syriac Tradition’, in Watt and Lössl (eds.), Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), 239-257


‘Antun of Tagrit’, ‘Rhetoric’, ‘Yeshu‘ the Stylite’, in Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage, ed. Sebastian P. Brock et al. (Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2011), 23, 352-3, 438-9.


‘Julian’s Letter to Themistius¾and Themistius’ Response?’ in Nicholas Baker-Brian and Shaun Tougher (eds.), Emperor and Author. The Writings of Julian the Apostate (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2012), 91-103


‘Themistius and Julian: their Association in Syriac and Arabic Tradition’, in Alberto J. Quiroga Puertas (ed.), The Purpose of Rhetoric in Late Antiquity (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 161-176


‘Why Did Hunayn, the Master Translator into Arabic, Make Translations into Syriac? On the Purpose of the Syriac Translations of Hunayn and his Circle’, in Jens Scheiner (ed.), The Place to Go to. Contexts of Learning in Baghdad from the 8th – 10th Centuries (Princeton: Darwin Press, forthcoming)


‘The Syriac Translations of Hunayn ibn Ishaq and their Precursors’, in Martin Tamcke (ed.), Proceedings of the German Syrologentag, Göttingen, December 2011 (Münster: Literatur Verlag, forthcoming)


‘Syriac Aristotelian Tradition and the Syro-Arabic Baghdad Philosophers’, in Damien Janos (ed.), Falsafah between Christianity and Islam (forthcoming)


With Jacques Schamp and Robert B. Todd , ‘Thémistios’, in: Dictionnaire des philosophes antiques: Supplément, ed. Richard Goulet (Paris: CNRS Éditions, 2003), 219; vol. VI, ed. Richard Goulet (forthcoming)


‘Sergius von Reschaina’ and ‘Jakob von Edessa’, in: Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie, begründet von Friedrich Ueberweg, völlig neubearbeitete Ausgabe. Die Philosophie der Antike, Band 5: Philosophie der Kaiserzeit und der Spätantike, ed. C. Horn, C. Riedweg, D. Wyrwa (Basel: Schwabe, forthcoming)


‘John bar Aphthonia’, ‘Joshua the Stylite’, ‘Rhetoric and rhetoricians, Syriac’, ‘Sergius of Reshaina’, ‘Alexander Romance, Syriac’, and ‘Sogitha’, in The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity, ed. Oliver Nicholson and Mark Humphries (forthcoming)