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Bob Stieglitz

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Hear Robert Stieglitz speak at the Smithsonian Associates program – Cultures of the Ancient World

Robert R. Stieglitz, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, is an archaeologist of Biblical and Mediterranean Studies, with a research focus on cultural diffusion via Greek and Phoenician seafaring. Professor Stieglitz has taught at universities in Greece and Israel, has excavated for many years at several harbor sites therein, and was formerly curator of the National Maritime Museum, Haifa. He received his B.A. in Classics/Linguistics from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University. He is the author of over 100 articles on assorted Mediterranean Studies, and recipient of numerous awards. His book Tel Tanninim: Excavations at Krokodeilon Polis 1996-1999 was published in 2006. Professor Stieglitz has taught undergraduate courses on Greek and Roman history, biblical archaeology, the Bible as literature, law in the Ancient Near East, Jewish civilization, and graduate seminars on Bronze Age seafaring. Stieglitz has surveyed along the southern coast of Turkey, lectured extensively on the Sea Peoples linked to that region, and taught courses on the subjects of religion and science in light of pre-Socratic philosophies that originated in western Anatolia. He has presented papers in numerous international meetings, and lectured on many study tours of mainland Greece, Crete and Thera, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, and maritime Turkey.

What Our Travelers Say

Bob was fully engaged, passionate about the subject matter, and even had terrific jokes!

- Christina W., Legendary Turkey and the Turquoise Coast