Department of History congratulate Steve Mason on the renewal of his Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction for a second seven-year term. The news was announced in a York press release posted on the York website late yesterday after the formal announcement was made in Ottawa in late March by Gary Goodyear (Minister of State, Science and Technology) and Diane Finley (Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development):
He was one of six York CRC Chairs renewed with federal funding of $5.7 million.
This is how Steve's research is described in the York press release:
Steve Mason, CRC in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction and professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, explores issues of cultural identity among the peoples of the eastern Mediterranean under Hellenistic and Roman rule (200 BCE to 300 CE). He focuses on Judaea and the Jewish Mediterranean diaspora in the context of other diasporas. The most important literary sources for these questions are 30 surviving volumes by the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37 - ca. 100 CE), and Mason is at the forefront of research into these works. He leads an international team of 14 scholars in supplying Josephus with a new translation and the first comprehensive literary, historical and archaeological commentary. He has published five books and many articles on related subjects while editing and co-authoring another seven. He manages the popular online database,
Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement (PACE), and is completing a volume on the fateful Judaean-Roman War of 66 to 74 CE.
Three of York's 28 Canada Research Chairs are members of the LA&PS History Department.
Many congratulations, Steve. We look forward to hearing of your continued research achievements in due course.