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American Council of Learned Societies Awards $40,000 Fellowship to Matt Waters

RELEASED: May 13, 2005

Matt Waters
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EAU CLAIRE — A $40,000 fellowship has been awarded to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member Matt Waters, an associate professor in the departments of foreign languages and history.

The American Council of Learned Societies fellowship will allow Waters to devote his time to research during the 2005-06 academic year. ACLS fellowships are awarded to scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences and are intended as salary replacement for the recipient.

For the 2005-06 competition, 60 fellowships were awarded from 926 applications. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the recipient.

A specialist in ancient Near Eastern and Classical Greek history, Waters will continue his work to create an English translation of what remains of an extensive history of the Persian Empire written by the Greek historian Ctesias, who served as a doctor to the Persian king Artaxerxes II (r. 404-358 B.C.).

"This project will offer an English translation of the work, which is currently unavailable, and will provide a historical commentary," Waters said. "The commentary will emphasize Ctesias' place both in the Greek and the Near Eastern historiographic traditions."

Waters, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1999, has published a book as well as major articles and book reviews in leading journals and has given several presentations at national and international conferences. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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