Francesca Rochberg



Assyriology, with a focus on Akkadian scholastic texts of the second and first millennia B.C.E.
History of science, with a focus on Babylonian astronomy and astrology.
Philology, cultural history, and the impact of the philosophy of science on the historiography of ancient science, with a focus on the reception of Babylonian astronomy and astrology into the wider field of history of science.



Akkadian, Mesopotamian history, history of science and religion, ancient astronomy


Fellowships and Honors

2010 Research Professorship Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, München
2008 Member, American Philosophical Society
2007 Member, Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies
2006 Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford
2004 Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside 
1999 John Frederick Lewis Award for Babylonian Horoscopes (American Philosophical Society, 1998)
1993-94  John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1982-1987 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship



1. Monographs

1988   Aspects of Babylonian Celestial Divination: The Lunar Eclipse Tablets of Enūma Anu Enlil (Horn: Ferdinand Berger und Söhne, Archiv für Orientforschung Beiheft 22, 1988).

1998  Babylonian Horoscopes (Philadelphia:American Philosophical Society, Transactions of the American Philosophical Society Vol.88, Pt.1, 1998).

2004  The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press,  2004), paperback edition (2007).

2009  In the Path of the Moon: Babylonian Celestial Divination and Its Legacy (Leiden and Boston: Brill, in press)

2010 Before Nature, Before God: The Divine Science in Ancient Mesopotamia (in preparation)

2010 The Solar Eclipses of Enūma Anu Enlil: Šamaš Tablets 31-36 (Leiden: NINO, in preparation)

2010 The Old Babylonian Celestial Omen Texts


2. Edited Volumes

1987 (editor) Language, Literature and History: Philological and Historical Studies Presented to Erica Reiner (New Haven, CT: American Oriental Society, American Oriental Series vol. 67, 1987).

2009 (with Kurt Raaflaub), The Adventure of the Human Intellect: Society, Nature, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures (University of Chicago Press, in preparation)

2010 (with Alan C. Bowen), The Nature and Aim of Prediction in Ancient Science (IRCPS, Gorgias Press, in preparation)

Series Co-Editor with Alan C. Bowen: Interpretatio: Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Classical Science (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc.)

     1991  Alan C. Bowen ed., Science and Philosophy in Classical Greece (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Classical Science Vol. 2)

     1992  John Phillips Britton, Models and Precision: The Quality of Ptolemy's Observations and Parameters (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Classical Science Vol.1)

      1996  J.L. Berggren and R.S.D. Thomas, Euclid's Phaenomena: A Translation and Study of a Hellenistic Treatise in Spherical Astronomy (New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc., Sources and Studies in the History and Philosophy of Classical Science Vol. 4)


3. Articles (since 2004)

2004 “A Babylonian Rising-Times Scheme in Non-Tabular Astronomical Texts,” in Charles Burnett, Jan Hogendijk, K. Plofker and Michio Yano, eds., Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences in Honour of David Pingree (Leiden: Brill, 2004), pp.56-94

2005 “Mesopotamian Cosmology,” for Daniel Snell, ed., Blackwell’s Companion to the Ancient Near East (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), pp.316-329.

2005 Contributions to the Routledge Encyclopedia for Ancient Natural Scientists
Teukros of Babylon
Petosiris/ Nechepso-Petosiris
Babylonian Astronomy

2005 “A Short History of the Waters of the Firmament,” From the Banks of the Euphrates: Studies in Honor of Alice Louise Slotsky, ed. Micah Ross (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns), pp.227-244.

2006 “Old Babylonian Celestial Divination: Texts and Context,”M. Waters et al., eds., If A Man Builds A Joyful House: Assyriological Studies in Honor of Erle Verdun Leichty (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp.336-348.

2006 The Two Cultures and the Historical Perspective on Science as a Culture,”  Forum for Public Policy

2007 "Reckoning with the Divine Secrets: Natural Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia," in Peter Harrison, Ronald L. Numbers and Michael M. Shank (eds.), Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (University of Chicago Press, in press).

2007 “The Stars Their Likenesses,” in Barbara Nevling Porter ed., What Was a  Mesopotamian God? (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2007), pp.1-52.

2007 “Marduk in Heaven,” Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 97 (2007), pp.433-442.

2008 “‘By Means of Maps’: The Expression of Terrestrial and Celestial Order in Ancient Mesopotamia,” in Richard Talbert ed., A History of Cartography (University of Chicago Press, in press).

2008 “The Heavens and the Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia: The View from a Polytheistic Cosmology,” in Beate Pongratz-Leisten ed., Reconsidering Revolutionary Monotheism (Eisenbrauns, in press)

2008 “Babylonian Astronomy: The Hellenistic Transmission,” Mélanges de l’Université Saint-Joseph 61 (2008), pp. 13-32.

2008 “Periodicities and Period Relations in Babylonian Celestial Sciences” in  Extraction and Control: Studies in Honor of Matthew W. Stolper, Wouter Henkelman, Charles Jones, Michael Kozuh, and Christopher Woods, eds. (Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications, in press)

2008 “God-talk and Star-talk in Cuneiform and its Legacy in Later Antiquity,” Jeffrey Stakert, et al eds., Abusch FS (in press).

2009 “Inference, Conditionals, and Possibility in Ancient Mesopotamian Science,” Science in Context 22 (2009), pp. 4-25.

2009 “Scientific Observation and Knowledge of the World  in Cuneiform Culture” E. Robson and K. Radner, eds. , Oxford Companion to Cuneiform Culture (Oxford University Press, in press)

2009 “Divine Causality and Cuneiform Divination” G.Frame, Erle Leichty, Jeffery Tigay, and Steve Tinney eds.,  Tablet and Torah: Mesopotamia and the Biblical World, Studies in Honor of Barry L. Eichler, (Bethesda, MD.:CDL Press, in press).

2009 “If P, then Q: Form, Reasoning and Truth in Babylonian Divination,” A. Annus ed., The Interpretation of Signs in Antiquity (Chicago: Oriental Institute Publications, in press.)

2010 “Astral Gods as Livestock,” S. Melville and A. Slotsky, eds., Foster FS (in preparation).

2010 “Beyond Binarism in Babylon,” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 35 (in preparation).