Christopher D. Bravo

Christopher D. Bravo
B.A., University of Southern California, 2007
M.A., University of Arizona, 2009
The Sons of Uruk: A Prosopography of Hellenistic Uruk
bravoc [at] berkeley [dot] edu

After receiving a B.A. in Classics from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Arizona, I joined the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Ancient Mediterranean in the Fall of 2009. The Group’s penchant for encouraging interdisciplinary projects and fostering collaboration between different departments on campus is what originally drew me to the program, and in this respect, I have not been disappointed. I have taken courses in Classics, History, Near Eastern Studies, and History of Art. This wide range of coursework has allowed me the requisite knowledge and experience to forge ahead with my own project that straddles the boundaries between academic disciplines.

I am currently working on my Ph.D. dissertation, tentatively titled “The Sons of Uruk: A Prosopography of Hellenistic Uruk,” under the advisement of Dr. Francesca Rochberg. This project will involve prosopographical and historical analysis of hundreds of Akkadian- and Greek-language documents from Hellenistic Babylonia. Aspects of identity are my primary focus of inquiry, with a particular focus on personal names, ethnic designators, and imperial labels. In essence, I wish to uncover the means and conduits through which individuals in Hellenistic Babylonian cities identified themselves to their respective societies, and conversely, how individuals and groups of individuals were identified by others writing about them.

Related to this project is my involvement with the Hellenistic Babylonia: Texts, Images, and Names project, headed by Dr. Laurie Pearce (Near Eastern Studies). As a member of the project staff, I am transliterating, translating, and preparing digital editions for hundreds of Akkadian tablets from Hellenistic Uruk, Nippur, Babylon, and other sites of Babylonia. The site is still in development, but the work in progress can be found at Once the corpus is fully prepared and digitized, the onomastics contained therein will be fully analyzed using the Berkeley Prosopography Services, which will further my own dissertation research in naming conventions and social networks.

While at UC Berkeley, I have also taught courses in Greek Mythology, Introductory Latin, and Roman Civilization. I have participated in two field seasons at Dhiban, Jordan (co-directed by Prof. Benjamin Porter) as unit supervisor, as well as one season at Busayra, Jordan (directed by Prof. Porter and Stephanie Brown) as epigrapher and GIS assistant. Lastly, I have also coordinated AHMA’s ongoing lecture series, the AHMA Noon Colloquium, for two years, which has given me ample opportunities to meet a wide spectrum of respected scholars from across the globe.