James White (History) successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia”.

Mosaic depicting Persian archers

Mosaic depicting Persian archers from https://www.ancient-origins.net

James White of the UCSB History Department successfully defended his PhD dissertation, Bows and Spears in Achaemenid Persia, on Friday, 28 August.  Combining Greek and Near Eastern textual, visual, and material evidence with insights from archaeological reconstruction of ancient military equipment, this dissertation makes a groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of warfare and culture in the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BC).  Dr. White’s committee included John W.I. Lee (chair),Tony Barbieri, and Beth Digeser of the UCSB History Department, and Elspeth Dusinberre, a noted specialist in Achaemenid art & archaeology at the University of Colorado.

Congratulations Dr. White!

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