John T. Koch is an American academic, historian and linguist who
specializes in Celtic studies, especially prehistory and the early
He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was awarded the
degrees of A.M. and
Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures in 1983
and 1985 respectively. In addition, he has also pursued studies at
Jesus College, Oxford, and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He
has taught Celtic Studies at
Harvard University and Boston College.
Since 1998, he has been senior research fellow or Reader at the Centre
for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales, where he
has supervised a research project focusing on Celtic Languages and
Cultural Identity. Two of the offshoots of this project are the
five-volume Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia and An Atlas for
Celtic Studies (2007).
He has published widely on aspects of early Irish and Welsh language,
literature and history. His works include The Celtic Heroic Age (first
published in 1994, 4th edition in 2003), in collaboration with John
Carey; The Gododdin of Aneirin (1997), an edition, translation and
discussion of the early Welsh poem Y Gododdin; and numerous articles
published in books and journals. A grammar of
Old Welsh and a book on
Taliesin are in the works.
In 2007, John Koch received a personal chair at the University of
Koch supervises (as Senior Fellow and Project Leader) the University
of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies Ancient
Britain and the Atlantic Zone Project (Ireland, Armorica, and the
Iberian Peninsula). In 2008, Koch gave the O'Donnell Lecture at
Aberystwyth University titled People called Keltoi, the La Tène
Style, and ancient Celtic languages: the threefold Celts in the light
of geography. In 2009, Koch published a paper Tartessian: Celtic
from the Southwest at the Dawn of History detailing how the Tartessian
language may have been the earliest directly attested Celtic language
with the Tartessian written script used in the inscriptions based on a
version of a Phoenician script in use around 825 BC.
An Atlas for Celtic Studies: Archaeology and Names in Ancient Europe
and Early Medieval Ireland, Britain, and Brittany (Oxford: Oxbow,
(editor) Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia (5 vols., Santa
Barbara and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2006), pp. xxviii + 2128. ISBN (print)
1–85109–440–7, (e-book) 1–85109–445–8
(co-editor), The Inscriptions of Early Medieval Brittany - Les
inscriptions de la Bretagne du Haut Moyen Âge (Aberystwyth, 2000)
^ a b c d e John T. Koch, ed. (2006). "About the editor". Celtic
Culture. A Historical Encyclopedia. 5 volumes. Santa Barbara, Denver
and Oxford: ABC Clio.
John T. Koch MA, PhD, FLSW - University of Wales".
Wales.ac.uk. 1999-07-31. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
^ "Ancient Britain and the Atlantic Zone Project, University of
Wales". Wales.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010.
Retrieved 11 May 2010.
^ "Aberystwyth University - News". Aber.ac.uk. 2017-01-01. Retrieved
^ "O'Donnell Lecture 2008 Appendix" (PDF). Aber.ac.uk. Retrieved
^ Koch, John (2009). Tartessian: Celtic from the Southwest at the Dawn
of History in Acta Palaeohispanica X Palaeohispanica 9 (2009) (PDF).
Aberystwyth. pp. 339–351. ISSN 1578-5386. Retrieved
Personal webpage, Un