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Dr John Watt 


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Philoxenus and the Old Syriac Version of  Evagrius' Centuries’, Oriens Christianus 64 (1980), 65-81
  • ‘The Syriac Adapter of Evagrius' Centuries’, Studia Patristica XVII, ed. E. Livingstone (Oxford, 1982), 1388-1395
  • ‘Antony of Tagrit as a Student of Syriac Poetry’, Le Muséon 98 (1985), 261-279
  • ‘Antony of Tagrit on Rhetorical Figures’, IV Symposium Syriacum 1984, ed. H. J. W. Drijvers et al.(Rome, 1987), 317-325
  • ‘Syriac Panegyric in Theory and Practice’, Le Muséon 102 (1989), 271-298
  • ‘The Rhetorical Structure of the Memra of Eli of Qartamin on Philoxenus of Mabbug’, V Symposium Syriacum 1988, ed. R. Lavenant (Rome, 1990), 299-306
  • ‘Grammar, Rhetoric, and the Enkyklios Paideia in Syriac’, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 143 (1993), 45-71  (cf. thereto Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 8.12.1993 and 15.12.1993, section Natur und Wissenschaft: ‘Christliche Sophisten’, by Jeorjios Martin Beyer)
  • ‘The Syriac Reception of Platonic and Aristotelian Rhetoric’, Aram 5 (1993), 579-601.
  • ‘Syriac Rhetorical Theory and the Syriac Version of Aristotle's Rhetoric’, Peripatetic Rhetoric after Aristotle (Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities, vol. 6), ed. W. W. Fortenbaugh and D. C. Mirhady  (New Brunswick, 1994), 243-260
  • ‘The Philosopher-King in the Rhetoric of Antony of Tagrit’, VI Symposium Syriacum 1992, ed. R. Lavenant (Rome, 1994), 245-258.
  • ‘Eastward and Westward Transmission of Classical Rhetoric’, Centres of Learning. Learning and Location in pre-Modern Europe and the Near East (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History, vol. 61), ed. J.W.Drijvers and A.A.MacDonald (Leiden, 1995), 63-75.
  • ‘From Themistius to al-Farabi.  Platonic Political Philosophy and Aristotle's Rhetoric in the East’, Rhetorica  13 (1995), 17-41.
  • ‘From Synesius to al-Farabi.  Philosophy, Religion, and Rhetoric in the Christian Orient’, VII Symposium Syriacum 1996 (Orientalia Christiana Analecta 256), ed. R. Lavenant (Rome, 1998), 265-277
  • ‘Greek Historiography and the “Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite”’, After Bardaisan.  Studies on Continuity and Change in Syriac Christianity in Honour of Professor Han J.W. Drijvers (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 89), ed. G.J. Reinink and A.C. Klugkist (Leuven: Peeters, 1999), 317-327
  • ‘A Portrait of John Bar Aphtonia, Founder of the Monastery of Qenneshre’, Portraits of Spiritual Authority, ed. J.W.Drijvers and J.W.Watt (Leiden: Brill, 1999), 155-169
  • With G. Greatrex:  ‘One, Two or Three Feasts?  The Brytae, the Maiuma and the May Festival at Edessa’, Oriens Christianus 83 (1999), 1-21
  • ‘The Portrayal of Heraclius in Syriac Historical Sources’, The Reign of Heraclius (610-641): Crisis and Confrontation, ed. Gerrit J. Reinink and Bernard H. Stolte (Leuven: Peeters, 2002), 63-79
  • ‘The Recovery of an Old Text. Scribes, Scholars, Collectors and the Rhetoric of Antony of Tagrit’, The Harp 16 (2003), 285-295.
  • ‘Syriac Translators and Greek Philosophy in Early Abbasid Iraq’, Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies 4 (2004), 15-26.
  • ‘Syriac and Syrians as Mediators of Greek Political Thought to Islam’, Mélanges de l’Université Saint-Joseph  57 (2004) [The Greek Strand in Islamic Political Thought. Proceedings of the Conference held at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 16-27 June 2003, ed. Emma Gannagé, Patricia Crone, Maroun Aouad, Dimitri Gutas, and Eckart Schütrumpf], 121-149
  • ‘The Strategy of the Baghdad Philosophers.  The Aristotelian Tradition as a Common Motif in Christian and Islamic Thought’, Redefining Christian Identity.  Cultural Interaction in the Middle East since the Rise of Islam (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, 34), ed. J.J. van Ginkel, H.L. Murre-Van den Berg, and T. M. van Lint (Leuven: Peeters, 2005), 151-165
  • ‘Two Syriac Writers from the Reign of Anastasius: Philoxenus of Mabbug and Joshua the Stylite’, The Harp 20 (2006), 275-293
  • ‘Guarding the Syriac Language in an Arabic Environment: Antony of Tagrit on the Uses of Grammar in Rhetoric’, Syriac Polemics: Studies in Honour of Gerrit Jan Reinink  (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analaecta, 170), ed. W. J. van Bekkum, J. W. Drijvers, and A. C. Klugkist (Leuven: Peeters, 2007), 133-150
  • ‘Les Pères grecs dans le curriculum théologique et philologique des écoles syriaques’,  in A. Schmidt, D. Gonnet, eds., Les Pères grecs dans la tradition syriaque (Études syriaques 4) (Paris: Geuthner, 2007), 27-41
  • ‘Christianity in the Renaissance of Islam.  Abu Bishr Matta, al-Farabi, and Yahya ibn ‘Adi’, in M. Tamcke, ed.: Christians and Muslims in Dialogue in the Islamic Orient of the Middle Ages. Christlich-muslimische Gespräche im Mittelalter (Beiruter Texte und Studien 117) (Beirut: Orient-Institut/Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2007), 99-112
  • ‘Al-Farabī and the History of the Syriac Organon’, in G. A. Kiraz, ed.: Malphono w-Rabo d-Malphone.  Studies in Honor of Sebastian P. Brock (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2008), 751-77. Reprinted separately with Addenda and Corrigenda in 2009, see above, Books.
  • ‘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 Herman Teule and Carmen Fotescu Tauwinkl, with B. ter Haar Romeny and J. van Ginkel (eds.), The Syriac Renaissance (Louvain: Peeters, forthcoming 2010), 123-133.
  • ‘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) (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2010).
  • ‘Von Alexandrien nach Bagdad: ein erneuter Besuch bei Max Meyerhof’, in Alfons Fürst (ed.), Origenes und seine Bedeutung für die Theologie- und Geistesgeschichte Europas und des Vorderen Orients (Adamantiana. Texte und Studien zu Origenes und seinem Erbe, 1) (Münster: Aschendorff, 2010).
  • ‘Commentary and Translation in Syriac Aristotelian Scholarship: Sergius to Baghdad’,  Proceedings of the Symposium Syriacum, Granada, September 2008, Parole de l’Orient, forthcoming.
  • ‘Julian’s Letter to Themistiusand Themistius’ Response?’ in N. Baker-Brian and S. Tougher (eds.), Emperor and Author. The Writings of Julian the Apostate (Cardiff: Classical Press of Wales, 2012).
  • ‘Sergius to Matta. Commentary and Translation in Syriac Aristotelian and Monastic Tradition’, in Watt and Lössl (eds.), Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle (Farnham: Ashgate, forthcoming 2011).
  • ‘The Syriac Aristotle between Alexandria and Baghdad’, Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture 7 (2013) 26-50.
  • ‘The Syriac Translations of Hunayn ibn Ishaq and their Precursors’, in Martin Tamcke and Sven Grebenstein (eds.), Geschichte, Theologie und Kultur des syrischen Christentums. Beiträge zum 7. Deutschen Syrologie-Symposium in Göttingen, Dezember 2011 (Göttinger Orientforschungen: Syriaca 46) (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014), 423-445.
  • ‘Sergius of Reshaina on the Prolegomena to Aristotle’s Logic: The Commentary on the Categories, Chapter Two’, in Elisa Coda and Cecilia Martini Bonadeo (eds.), De l'Antiquité Tardive au Moyen Age. Etudes de logique aristotélicienne et de philosophie grecque, syriaque, arabe et latine offertes à Henri Hugonnard-Roche (Etudes Musulmanes XLIV) (Vrin: Paris 2014), 31-57.
  • ‘Rhetoric across Cultures: the Case of Themistius’, Mélanges de l’Université Saint-Joseph 65 (2013).
  • ‘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 The Place to Go to: Circles of Learning in Baghdad in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries. Edited by Jens Scheiner and Damien Janos (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam. Princeton: Darwin Press, 2014).
  • ‘Syriac Aristotelian Tradition and the Syro-Arabic Baghdad Philosophers’, in Ideas in Motion: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between Christians and Muslims in Baghdad and Beyond in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries CE. Edited by Damien Janos (Islamic History and Civilization. Leiden: Brill, 2014).
  • ‘The Prolegomena to Aristotelian Philosophy of George, Bishop of the Arabs’, in S. Grebenstein and S. Griffith (eds.), Christsein in der islamischen Welt/To Be Christian in the World of Islam. Festschrift Martin Tamcke (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015).

Encyclopaedia Articles

  • ‘Aristote de Stagire: La Rhétorique. Tradition syriaque et arabe (compléments): Version syriaque’; and 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)
  • ‘Aramaic and Syriac’, in: Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd edition, ed. Keith Brown (Oxford: Elsevier, 2006), vol. 1, 444-446
  • ‘Antony of Tagrit’, ‘Joshua the Stylite’, and ‘Rhetoric’, in: Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage, ed. Sebastian Brock and Lucas van Rompay (Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2010).
  • ‘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, 2015).
  • ‘Aristote de Stagire: La Rhétorique. Tradition syriaque et arabe (complements): Version syriaque’; and 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 (2015).

  • ‘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)