Wayne Pitard

 Wayne Pitard

Contact Information

FLB 3012
Professor Emeritus

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Religions of the Ancient Near East


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
  • B.A., University of Tennessee, 1974

Distinctions / Awards

  • Faculty Fellow, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 2007-2008.
  • Two-year grant from University of Illinois Provost’s Office for support of the InscriptiFact Project, 2007
  • Associate, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois, 2003-2004

Selected Publications


The Ugaritic Baal Cycle, Volume 2: KTU 1.3-1.4: Introduction with Text, Translation and Commentary. With Mark S. Smith Leiden/New York Brill 2009.
Ancient Damascus: A Historical Study of the Syrian City-State from Earliest Times until its Fall to the Assyrians in 732 B.C.E. Winona Lake Eisenbrauns 1987.

Book Contributions

Temple Building in Northwest Semitic Literature From the Foundations to the Crenellations: Essays on Temple Building in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible edited by Mark Boda, edited by Jamie Novotny. Temple Building in Northwest Semitic Literature Edited by Mark Boda, Edited by Jamie Novotny, Munster Ugarit Verlag 2010.

Journal Articles

Watch That Margin! Understanding the Scribal Peculiarities of CAT 1.4 Obverse Maarav 15 2009, p. 27-37, pl. V-XII.