Okay ... this is the sort of thing that really sticks in my craw. It's not specifically about Classics, but I've seen the pattern often enough. From some National Geographic hype about an upcoming program on the Dead Sea Scrolls:

Experts featured in The Dead Sea Scrolls include Michael Baigent, author and commentator on ancient religions; Dr. Eric H. Cline, archaeologist, George Washington University (Washington, D.C.); Hanan Eshel, archaeologist, bar Ilan University (Israel); Robert Feather, metallurgist and religion scholar; Katharina Galor, archaeologist, Brown University (Rhode Island); Dr. Oren Gutfeld, archaeologist, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jodi Magness, archaeologist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Yuval Peleg, archaeologist; Stephan Pfann, president, University of the Holy Land of Jerusalem; Adolpho Roitman, curator, The Shrine of the Book, The Israel Museum (Jerusalem); Pnina Shor, archaeologist, Israel antiquities authority; Emanuel Tov, editor-in-chief, Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project; and Dr. Bruce Zuckerman, director of the West Semitic Research Project and the Hebrew Bible, University of Southern California at Los Angeles.

Why oh why do hypemeisters always seem to give the 'author and commentator' top billing over a large list of academics with actual credentials in the subject?


Tony Keen scripsit:

Umm, in this case, I'm going to suggest alphabetical order ...


You're probably right ... but I'm too cynical!