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Religions of the Ancient Near East
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
B.A., University of Tennessee, 1974
Awards and Honors
Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 2007-2008.
Two-year grant from University of Illinois Provost’s Office for support of the InscriptiFact Project, 2007
Associate, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2003-2004
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor Emeritus, Religion
Pitard, W. T. (1987). Ancient Damascus: A Historical Study of the Syrian City-State from Earliest Times until Its Fall to the Assyrians in 732 B.C.E. Eisenbrauns.
Smith, M. S., & Pitard, W. T. (2008). The Ugaritic Baal Cycle: Introduction with Text, Translation and Commentary of KTU/CAT 1.3-1.4. (Vetus Testamentum, Supplements; Vol. 114). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004153486.i-864
Pitard, W. T. (2020). The Middle West Branch of the American Oriental Society at 100. In J. Scurlock, & R. H. Beal (Eds.), What Difference Does Time Make?: Papers from the Ancient and Islamic Middle East and China in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Midwest Branch of the American Oriental Society (pp. 5-12). (Archaeopress Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology). Archaeopress Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctvwh8bt8.6
Pitard, W. T. (2014). Circular signatures: Getting a better view of Mesopotamia's smallest art form. Biblical Archaeology Review, 40(3).
Lundberg, M. J., Fine, S., & Pitard, W. T. (Eds.) (2012). Puzzling Out the Past: Studies in Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures in Honor of Bruce Zuckerman. (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East; Vol. 55). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004227163
Pitard, W. T. (2012). Nodding Scribe and Heavy Thumb: The Scribal Errors in Cat 1.14 III 52–V 8. In M. J. Lundberg, S. Fine, & W. T. Pitard (Eds.), Puzzling Out the Past: Studies in Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures in Honor of Bruce Zuckerman (pp. 135-153). (Culture and History of the Ancient Near East; Vol. 55). Brill. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004227163_014
Pitard, W. T. (2010). Temple Building in Northwest Semitic Literature of the Late Bronze and Iron Ages. In M. J. Boda, & J. Novotny (Eds.), From the Foundations to the Crenellations: Essays on Temple Building in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible (pp. 91-140). (Alter Orient und Altes Testament; Vol. 366). Ugarit-Verlag.