Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

William Bibee

Ph.D., BA in Plan2, Classics and Linguistics, UT Austin. Ph.D in Biblical Hebrew at UT Austin.

William Bibee



IE and Semitic linguistics, Aegean Bronze Age scripts, general historical linguistics and linguistic contact, religion in the ancient world, writing systems, cultural contact in the Bronze Age


William Bibee is a student of both Indo-European and Semitic linguistics. He received his B.A. from UT-Austin in Classics, Linguistics, and an honors major, Plan 2. Currently, he is working on projects related to ancient incense trade in the Late Bronze Age using what he calls an "integrative linguistic methodology." The study of the ancient world has long lacked the integration of the evidence given to us by the earliest linguistic contact information, especially loanwords. Recent papers given include:

“Incense Offerings in Homer: An Unrecognized Religious Activity?” at the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago, Ill., January 5, 2014

Katharos: An Akkadian Loanword into Greek?” at the 223rd Meeting of the American Oriental Society, Portland, Oreg., March 15, 2013.

William is also an ordained minister in the neo-Pentecostal house church movement. He enjoys spending time with his wife, listening to music—especially Bob Dylan—and skateboarding.



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