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Professor Sacha Stern wins largest ever grant for A&H

8 February 2013

Sacha Stern

Professor Sacha Stern (Head of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies) has been awarded an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant for a research project entitled 'Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Standardization and Fixation'.

This grant, to the value of €2,499,000, is the largest ever achieved in the Faculty. The five-year project was launched on February 1, 2013, and will employ a total of five research associates. Two research associates still need to be recruited, in the fields of (1) Greek and Latin epigraphy and (2) Hebrew codicology.

This project will study the evolution of calendars in late antique and medieval societies. This complex process was closely related to politics, science, and religion, and contributed to the standardization of culture in the ancient and medieval worlds. 

The project will be divided into several research areas: the seven-day week in the Roman Empire, late antique comparative calendars (the hemerologia), medieval Jewish calendar disputes, and medieval monographs in Arabic and Hebrew on astronomy and the many ancient and medieval calendars.