Prof. Sylvie Honigman

Department of History
חוג להסטוריה כללית סגל אקדמי בכיר
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Ph.D. dissertation: LesOrientaux dans l’Égypte gréco-romaine: onomastique, ethnique, statut personnel. Supervised by Prof. J. Mélèze-Modrzejewski

Fields of interest:

Hellenistic world, in particular: Ptolemaic Egypt; theSeleukid Empire; Judaea in Late Persian and Hellenistic times

Greek ethnicity, continuity and changes from Archaic toHellenistic times

Jews in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

Jewish literature in Greek, in particular: Letter ofAristeas; 3 Maccabees;; Josephus, Against Apion;; 1 and 2 Maccabees; 1Esdras

Greek historiography in Hellenistic times; Concepts oftruth, lies, and fiction in Hellenistic literature

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Academic Address: Dept. of History; Tel Aviv University; P.O.B.39040, Ramat Aviv; 69978 Tel Aviv University; Israel


1983/4 – 1985/6    B.A. in History, University ofParis-1-Sorbonne.

1985/6 –1990/1    Student in the École NormaleSupérieure Ulm-Jourdan, Paris, France

1988/9       French national degree (agrégation) for trainingas teacher in history and geography

1987/8 and 1989/90 M.A. in Ancient History, University ofParis-I-Sorbonne.

1991/2 – 1994/5    Ph.D. in Ancient History, University ofParis-I-Sorbonne.

Academic and professional experience

1991/2 –1993/4     Part-timeemployment as Doctoral student, University of Paris XII-Créteil, Dept. of History

1994/5                   Full-timeemployment as Doctoral student, University of Caen, Dept. of History

1995/6 – 1997/8    Lecturer(tenured) in Ancient History, University of Caen, Dept. of History

1998/9 – 2002/3    Lecturer (tenure track) in Ancient History, Tel Aviv U., Dept. of History

2003/4-                  Senior lecturer (tenured) in Ancient History, TelAviv U., Dept. of History



Updated 10.2010

The Septuagint and Homeric Scholarshipin Alexandria: Study in the Narrative of the “Letter of Aristeas”
(London and New York: Routledge, 2003). Published with the support of a grantfrom the Israeli Science Foundation.

Books in preparation:

1) Historical study of therevolt of the Maccabees, based on a literary analysis of 2 Maccabees.  

 2) Inter-Ethnic Encounters in the HellenisticWorld: A Greek Perspective. Greek ethnicity in Hellenistic times,with an emphasis on continuity and change from Archaic to Hellenistic times.  


The Birthof a Diaspora: The Emergence of a Jewish Self-Definition in Ptolemaic Egypt inthe Light of Onomastics, in Sh.J.D. Cohen & E.S. Frerichs (eds., Diasporas in Antiquity, Brown JudaicStudies 288 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993) 93-127.

Philon, Flavius Josèphe, et lacitoyenneté alexandrine: vers une utopie politique, Journal of Jewish Studies 48 (1997) 62-90.

Les divers sens de l’ethnique Arabs dans les sources documentairesgrecques d’Égypte, Ancient Society 32(2002) 43-72.

Politeumata and Ethnicity in PtolemaicEgypt, Ancient Society 33 (2003)61-102.

Noms sémitiques à Edfou et Thèbes, Bulletin of the American Society ofPapyrology 40 (2003) 63-118.

Qui est raciste? A propos dequelques documents ptolémaïques et de leur interprétation moderne, in D.Dlugosz (ed.), Grecs, Juifs, Polonais. A la recherche des racines de lacivilisation européenne. Actes du colloque international tenu à Paris le 14novembre 2003, dédié à Joseph Mélèze-Modrzejewski (Paris-Warsaw, 2006)140-153.

Abraham in Egypt: Hebrew and Jewish-AramaicNames in Egypt and Judaea in Hellenistic and Early Roman Times, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik146 (2004) 279-97.

La descriptionde Jérusalem et de la Judée dans la LettredAristée, Athenaeum 92/1 (2004) 73-101.

Permanencedes stratégies culturelles grecques à l’oeuvre dans les rencontresinter-ethniques entre l’époque archaïque et l’époque hellénistique, Pallas 73 (2007) 125-140.

Thenarrative function of the king and the library in the Letter of Aristeas, in T. Rajak, S. Pearce, J. Aitken and J. Dines(eds), Jewish Perspectives on Hellenistic Rulers,Hellenistic Culture and Society 50 (Berkeley, The University of CaliforniaPress, 2007) 128-146.

Euhemerus ofMessene and Plato’s Atlantis, Historia 58/1 (2009) 1-35.

Jewish communities of Hellenistic Egypt: divergingresponses to a varying socio-cultural environment, in L.I. Levine and D.R. Schwartz (eds), JewishIdentities in Antiquity. Studiesin Memory of Menahem Stern (Tubingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2009) 117-135.


Cyclicaltime and ed documents: The construction of meaning in 1 Esdras,forthcoming in Was 1st Esdras First? An Investigation into theNature and Priority of First Esdras, edited by Lisbeth S. Fried (SBLSymposium Series; Atlanta:Society of Biblical Literature.

Les Juifs dans la société de l’Égypteromaine au croisement des sources documentaires et littéraires, forthcoming inthe proceeding of the international conference “New Testament Papyri Among Others /Lire lespapyrus du Nouveau Testament avec les autres papyrus d'Egypte,” Université de Lausanne,Swizerland, 22-24 October 2009, edited by Claire Clivaz and Jean Zumstein.

King andTemple in 2Maccabees: the Case for Continuity,” to be published in theproceedings of the Conference ‘Judah between East and West: The Transition fromPersian to Greek Rule (ca. 400-200 BCE’. Israeli-British Conference, Tel Aviv University, April 17th-19th,2007.

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Selected list ofcourses taught

Introductoryclasses: Introduction to ancient Greek history (Archaic and Classical times); Introductionto Roman history (Republic and early Empire)

B.A. seminars: Ways of tellingthe past: myth and historiography in ancient Greece; The Athenian democracy asan intellectual and cultural revolution; The Other: Women and Barbarians inancient Greece; Ancient Greek warfare; Alexander the Great; Hellenistickingship; Ptolemaic Egypt; Augustus

M.A. seminars: Continuity and Change in the Greek world,from Archaic to Hellenistic times; Colonisation in the Hellenistic world:Historical and archaeological aspects (together with Dr. Oren Tal, Departmentof Archaeology and the ancient Near East)
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