Prof. Jonathan Price

  • סגל אקדמי בכיר in DEPT OF CLASSICS
  • סגל אקדמי בכיר in The Department of History
חוג ללימודים קלאסיים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Jonathan Price
Phone: 03-6406806
Another phone: 03-6409779
External phone: 02-6725266
Fax: 02-6717443
Office: Gilman-humanities

Research Interests

Greek and R​oman Historiography; Jewish Epigraphy; Jewish History during the Roman Period




1. Jerusalem Under Siege: The Collapse of the Jewish State, 66-70 C.E. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1992.

2. Thucydides and Internal Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

3. Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae: A Multi-lingual corpus of the Inscriptions from Alexander to Muhammad (CIIP)

Editor of all Jewish inscriptions (about 3500 texts).

Volume I: Jerusalem, Part 1: nos. 1-704;  Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010.

Volume I: Jerusalem, Part 2: nos. 705-1120; Berlin: De Grutyer, 2011.

Volume II: Caesarea and the Middle Coast: nos. 1121-2160; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011. 

Volume III: Jaffa and the Southern Coast, nos. 2161-2648; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2014.

Volume IV: Judaea and the Coastal Plain, to be published 2015



  1. Co-editor of Scripta Classica Israelica, 1991-2004.
  2. From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East, edited with Hannah Cotton, Robert Hoyland and David Wasserstein. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  3. Zmanim, special edition devoted to Classical Studies, co-edited with Benjamin Isaac (in Hebrew).
  4. Oxford Classical Dictionary, Area Editor for Jewish Studies, 2014-.


Articles and Book Chapters

  1. “Who Conquered Masada in 66 CE and Who Occupied it When it Fell?”, Zion 55, 1990, 449-54 (with H.M. Cotton) (in Hebrew).
  2. “The Enigma of Philip b. Jakimos”, Historia 40, 1991, 75-94.
  3. “Seven Onomastic Problems in Josephus’ Bellum Judaicum”, Jewish Quarterly Review 84, 1993-94, 189-208 (with T. Ilan).
  4. “The Jewish Diaspora of the Graeco-Roman Period”, SCI 13, 1994, 169-86.
  5. “The Attempts on Cicero’s Life: A Note on Appian  BC 2.11”, in Classical Studies in Honor of David Sohlberg, ed. R. Katzoff, Jerusalem 1996, 245-50.
  6. “A Puzzle in Thucydides 1.18”, Mnemosyne 50, 1997, 665-76.
  7. “The Failure of Cicero’s First Catilinarian”, in Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History IX, Collection Latomus, ed. C. Deroux, Paris 1998, 106-28.
  8.  “A Bilingual Tombstone from Zo‘ar (Arabia)”, ZPE 134, 2001, 277-83 (with H.M. Cotton).
  9. “A Bilingual Funerary Monument from Zoar in the Hecht Museum Collection — The Greek Inscription”, Michmanim 15, 2001, 10-12 (with H.M. Cotton) (in Hebrew).
  10. “La ‘grande rivolta’”, in Gli ebrei nell’impero romano, ed. A. Lewin, Florence 2001, 113-24.
  11. “Drama and History in Josephus”, SCI 21, 2002, 97-111 (with L. Ullmann).
  12. “Herod the Great in the Work of Menahem Stern”, in Memorial for Menahem Stern, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem 2002, 21-35 (in Hebrew).
  13.  “The Jews and the Latin Language in the Roman Empire”, in Jews and Gentiles in the Holy Land in the Days of the Second Temple, the Mishnah and the Talmud, edd. A. Oppenheimer, M. Mor, J. Pastor and D.R. Schwartz, Jerusalem 2003, 165-80.
  14. “Five Inscriptions from Jaffa”, SCI 22, 2003, 215-31.
  15. “Two Ossuary Inscriptions with Metronyms from a Private Collection in Jerusalem”, Electrum 7, 2003, 39-45.
  16. Caveat Lector: Notes on Thackeray’s Translation of the Bellum Judaicum”, SCI 23, 2004, 273-8 (with L. Ullmann).
  17. “Στάσις in Ancient Greek”, in Neti‘ot le-David: Jubilee Volume For David Weiss Halivni, edd. Y. Elman, E.B. Halivni and Z.A. Steinfeld, Jerusalem 2004, 127-30 (appendix to article by Shlomo Naeh) (in Hebrew).
  18. “A New Aramaic Dedicatory Inscription from Israel”, SCI 24, 2005, 125-33 (with A. Yardeni).
  19.  “The Provincial Historian in Rome”, in Josephus and Jewish History in Flavian Rome and Beyond, edd. J. Sievers and G. Lembi, Leiden-Boston 2005, 101-18.
  20. “Josephus’ First Sentence and the Preface to BJ”, in For Uriel: Studies in the history of Israel in Antiquity presented to Professor Uriel Rappaport, edd. M. Mor, J. Pastor, I. Ronen, Y. Ashkenazi, Jerusalem 2005, 131*-144*.
  21. “Some Aspects of Josephus’ Theological Interpretation of the Jewish War”, inThe Words of a Wise Man’s Mouth are Gracious (Qoh 10,12)”: Festschrift for Günter Stemberger on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday, ed. M. Perani, Berlin 2005, 109-20.
  22. “Jewish Inscriptions and Their Use”, in The Literature of the Sages Part II, edd. P.J. Tomson, S. Safrai, Z. Safrai and J. Schwartz, Assen 2006, 459-81 (with H. Misgav).
  23. “Josephus and the Dialogue on the Destruction of Jerusalem”, in Josephus und das Neue Testament: Wechselseitige Wahrnehmungen, edd. C. Böttrich and J. Henser, Tübingen 2007, 181-94.
  24. “Epigraphical Remains from the Period between the Two Revolts”, in New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region, Jerusalem 2007, *19-*24.
  25. “Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/ Palaestinae: A Multilingual Corpus of Inscriptions”, in Acta XII Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae, Barcelona 2002, 2007, 327-32 (with H.M. Cotton).
  26. “The Failure of Rhetoric in Josephus’ BJ”, Ramus 36, 2008, 6-24.
  27. “On the Margins of Culture: The Practice of Transcription in the Ancient World”, in From Hellenism to Islam: Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East, edd. H.M. Cotton, R. Hoyland, J.J. Price and D.J. Wasserstein, Cambridge 2009, 257-88 (with S. Naeh).
  28.  Introduction and appendices for a Hebrew translation (by Lisa Ullmann) of Josephus, Bellum Judaicum, Jerusalem 2009, 21-79, 611-617 (in Hebrew).
  29. “Two Unpublished Inscriptions from Private Collections in Jerusalem”, in Israel’s Land: Papers Presented to Israel Shatzman on his Jubilee, edd. J. Geiger, H.M. Cotton and G. Stiebel, Raanana 2009, 119*-129*.
  30. “Compulsion or Choice? The Jewish War and the Problem of ‘Necessity’ According to Josephus”, in Rav Chesed: Essays in Honor of Rabbi Dr. Haskel Lookstein, ed. R. Medoff, Jersey City 2009, 101-15.
  31. “Josephus”, in The Oxford History of Historical Writing, edited by A. Feldherr and G. Hardy, Oxford 2011, 219-43.
  32. “Josephus’ Reading of Thucydides: A Test Case”, in Thucydides — A Violent Teacher? History and its Representations, edd. G. Rechenauer and V. Pothou, Göttingen 2011, 79-98.
  33. “A Greek-Inscribed Sherd”, in Tel ‘Aroer: The Iron Age II Caravan Town and the Hellenistic-Early Roman Settlement, ed. Y. Thareani, Jerusalem 2011, 396-7.
  34. “The Jewish Population of Jerusalem from the First Century b.c.e. to the Early Second Century c.e.: The Epigraphic Record”, in The Jewish Revolt against Rome: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 154, ed. M. Popovic, Leiden: Brill 2011, 399-417.
  35. “The Necropolis at Jaffa and its Relation to Beth She‘arim”, in Judaea-Palaestina, Babylon and Rome: Jews in Antiquity, edd. B. Isaac and Y. Shahar, Tübingen 2012, 211-22.
  36. “The Temple Warning Inscription”, Zmanim 117, 2012, 28-31 (Hebrew).
  37.  “Difficult Statements in Thucydides”, in Thucydides Between History and Literature, edd. A. Tsakmakis and M. Tamiolaki, Berlin 2013, 435-46.
  38. “The Herodian House after Herod”, in Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey (Exhibition Catalogue, Israel Museum), edd. S. Rozenberg and D. Mevorah, Jerusalem 2013, 56-65.
  39. “Julius Caesar’s Civil War”, Introduction to Hebrew translation of Caesar’s Bellum Civile, Jerusalem 2013, 9-42 (Hebrew).
  40. “The Mariam Ossuary in Greek”, in The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs near Jerusalem’s Walls, ed. J.H. Charlesworth, Grand Rapids, Michigan 2013, 304-9.
  41.  “Greek Historians of the Roman Empire: A Chapter in the Intellectual History of the Roman Empire”, forthcoming in the Proceedings of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (in Hebrew).
  42. “The Media and Audiences of the Hebrew and Aramaic Jewish Inscriptions in Iudaea/ Palaestina”, in  Öffentlichkeit – Monument – Text: XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae 27. – 31. Augusti MMXII, edd. W. Eck and P. Funke, Berlin 2014, 183-96.
  43.  “Thucydidean Stasis and Roman Empire in Appian’s Interpretation of History”, forthcoming in Appian’s Rhomaika: Empire and Civil War, ed. K. Welch, The Classical Press of Wales.
  44. “Josephus and the ‘Law of History’: A Note”, forthcoming in a Festschrfit for Ranon Katzoff.
  45. “A Curious Case: Pliny Does Not Write History (Ep. 5.8)”, SCI 33, 2014, 171-89.
  46. “Transplanted Communities in Iudaea/Palaestina: The Epigraphic Evidence”, forthcoming in SCI 2015.
  47. “The Different Faces of Euergetism in Iudaea/ Palaestina and Syria in Late Antiquity: The Evidence of Synagogue Inscriptions”, forthcoming in Coping with Religious Change: Adopting Transformations and Adapting Rituals in the Late Antique Eastern Mediterranean, edited by Eduard Iricinschi and Chrysi Kotsifou, to be published by Mohr Siebeck.
  48. “Introduction to Livy”, forthcoming in new Hebrew translation of Livy, Books 21-30, Carmel Publishers.



T. Ilan, Jewish Women in Graeco-Roman Palestine. An Inquiry into Image and Status (Tübingen 1995) (from Hebrew). 


Encyclopaedia Entries

1. “The First Jewish Revolt”, Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 2000, 292-5.

2. “Jüdischer Krieg” Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th ed. 2001.

3. “The First Jewish Revolt”, Dictionary of Early Judaism.

4. “Zealots and Sicarii”, Encyclopaedia Judaica.



1. T. Rajak, Josephus, The Historian and His Society (London: Duckworth, 1983), in SCI 7, 1983/84, 138-42.

2. L. Grabbe, Judaism from Cyrus to Hadrian (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992), in Ioudaios 4.003, 1993, 1-6.

3. L. Feldman, Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), in SCI 14, 1995, 192-3.

4. M. Bohrmann, Flavius Josephus, the Zealots and Yavne. Towards a Rereading of The War of the Jews (Bern, etc.: P. Lang, 1994), in Journal of Roman Studies 85, 1995, 307-8.

5. Studies in Early Jewish Epigraphy, edd. J.W. van Henten and P.W. van der Horst (Leiden: Brill, 1994), in the Journal of the American Oriental Society 116, 1996, 772-4.

6. L.V. Rutgers, The Jews of Late Ancient Rome (Leiden: Brill, 1995), in the Journal of the American Oriental Society 117, 1997, 720-1.

7. D. Noy, Jewish Inscriptions of Western Europe, Vol. 2: The City of Rome (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), in Religious Studies Review 22, 1996, 258.

8. Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece, edd. Susan E. Alcock and Robin Osborne (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994), in Religious Studies Review 24, 1998, 290.

9. City of the Great King. Jerusalem from David to the Present, ed. Nitza Rosovsky (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), in Religious Studies Review 24, 1998, 323(wrong).


10. Studies on the Jewish Diaspora in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Te‘uda XII, edd. B. Isaac and A. Oppenheimer (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University Press, 1996), in SCI 17, 1998, 255-7.

11. Klaas Dijkstra, Life and Loyalty: A Study in the Socio-Religious Culture of Syria and Mesopotamia in the Graeco-Roman Period Based on Epigraphical Evidence (Leiden-New York-Köln: Brill, 1995), in Religious Studies Review 24, 1998, 279(wrong).

12. T.J. Luce, The Greek Historians (London and New York: Routledge, 1997), in SCI 17, 1998, 227-29.

13. John W. Humphrey, John P. Oleson and Andrew N. Sherwood, Greek and Roman Technology: A Sourcebook (London and New York: Routledge, 1998), in Religious Studies Review 27, 2001, 161.

14. John D. Mikalson, Religion in Hellenistic Athens (Berkeley, etc.: University of California Press, 1998), Religious Studies Review 27, 2001, 162.

15. Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis (Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2004). Volume I: Eastern Europe, edited by D. Noy, A. Panayotov and H. Bloedhorn. Volume II: Kleinasien, edited by Walter Ameling. Volume III: Syria and Cyprus, edited by D. Noy and H. Bloedhorn, Henoch 29, 2007, 378-83.

16. Studies in Josephus and the Varieties of Ancient Judaism: Louis H. Feldman Jubilee Volume, edd. S.J.D. Cohen and Joshua Schwartz (Leiden: Brill,  2007), in Zion 75, 2010, 73-7, in Hebrew: סקירות.

17. A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, ed. John Marincola (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007), Scripta Classica Israelica 29, 2010, 109-12.

18. Clifford Ando, The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008), in The European Legacy 16, 2011, 565-6.

19. Jewish Perspectives on Hellenistic Rulers, edd. Tessa Rajak, Sarah Pearce, James Aitken and Jennifer Dines (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007), in The European Legacy 16, 2011, 427.

20. Nancy Evans, Civic Rites: Democracy and Religion in Ancient Athens ((Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010), forthcoming in The Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas, in The European Legacy 17, 2012.

21. Ryan S. Olson, Tragedy, Authority and Trickery: The Poetics of Embedded Letters in Josephus (Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2010), in SCI 31, 2012, 227-8.

22. Bezalel Bar-Kochva, The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature. The Hellenistic Period. Hellenistic Culture and Society 51 (Berkeley, etc.: University of California Press, 2010), in Classical Review 62, 2012, 431-3.


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