Prof. Youval Rotman

Department of Jewish History
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Youval Rotman is a social historian of the ancient and early medieval Eastern Mediterranean world. His research ascribes a central role to the social and cultural processes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East under Roman and Byzantine rule, which gave rise to new forms of religious communities. Three orbits of cultural influence met in this world: the Hellenistic tradition, the Jewish civilization, and the new emerging Christian culture. Within this framework he has worked on slavery, on child labor, on captives and redeeming of captives, and on religious conversion. His current research focuses on two topics: sanctity and social abnormality in the religious life of the late antique Near East, and rivalry between religious communities of different faith in the Byzantine world.

Youval Rotman was a fellow at Yad Hanadiv (2001-2003) and at Princeton University (2003-2004). He taught in the department of History at Yale University (2004-2009) before joining the department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University.







Insanity and Sanctity in Byzantium: The Ambiguity of Religious Experience, forthcoming Harvard University Press, 2016        

Byzantine Slavery and the Mediterranean World (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Les Esclaves et l’Esclavage: De la Méditerranée antique à la Méditerranée médiévale VIe-XIe siècles (Les Belles Lettres, 2004)


Online articles and lectures :



-        Jewish worlds from Cyrus the Great to Muhammad

-        Saints, Martyrs and Miracle Makers in Judaism and Christianity

-        Jews, Pagans and Christians writing History in Antiquity

-        Jews and Gentiles in Antiquity: between attraction and repulsion

-        Jews and Greeks in the Hellenistic Period

-        Everyday life in Jewish Communities in Antiquity

-        Between Jewish and African slaveries: a comparative study of the institution of slavery

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