Department of History

Scott McDonough

Office:   Atrium 203
Phone:   (973) 720-3930
Office Hours:   MWF 10-11; By Appointment

Department: History
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

Scott McDonough teaches courses in Ancient and Medieval history of the Mediterranean and the Near East. He received his training at Cornell University and the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests lie in the social, institutional and religious history of late ancient west Asia, especially pre-Islamic Iran. He is currently working on a monograph, 'We Pray for Our Glorious King': Power, Patronage and Piety in Sasanian Iran, 220–651 CE.
PhD, History--University of California at Los Angeles, 2005
MA, History--University of California at Los Angeles, 1999
BA, History and Classics--Cornell University, 1996
Select Publications
“Fighting the Other: Sasanian Iran.” Invited contribution to Oxford University Press Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World, edited by B. Campbell and L. Tritle. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. [In press]

“The Legs of the Throne: Kings, Elites and Subjects in Sasanian Iran (c. 220–651 CE).” In The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, edited by J.P. Arnason and K.A. Raaflaub. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons, 2011. [In press]

“Were the Sasanians Barbarians? Roman Writers on the Empire of the Persians.” In Romans, Barbarians, and the Transformation of the Roman World, edited by R. Mathisen and D. Shanzer, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. [In press]

“‘We and Those Waters of the Sea Are One’: Baptism, Bathing and the Construction of Identity in Late Ancient Babylonia.” In Water, Baths, Bathing, and Hygiene from Antiquity through the Renaissance, edited by C. Kosso and A. Scott, 263–73. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

“A Second Constantine? The Sasanian King Yazdgard in Christian History and Historiography,” Journal of Late Antiquity 1.1 (2008): 128–141.

“Bishops or Bureaucrats? Christian Clergy and the State in the Middle Sasanian Period.” In Current Research in Sasanian Archaeology, Art and History, British Archaeological Reports International Series 1810, edited by D. Kennet and P. Luft, 87–92. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2008.

“A Question of Faith? Persecution and Political Centralization in the Sasanian Empire of Yazdgard II (438–457 CE).” In Violence in Late Antiquity. Perceptions and Practices, edited by H.A. Drake, 69–81. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

The Armenian History Attributed to Sebeos, trans. R.W. Thomson, historical commentary by James Howard-Johnston with Tim Greenwood,” Comitatus 32 (2001): 162–6. [Review]