Seth Schwartz

Seth Schwartz
Chair, Dept of History, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization
Columbia University

Seth Schwartz received his BA in Classics from Yeshiva University in 1979, and his PhD in ancient history from Columbia in 1985. He taught at Dropsie College in its final year and subsequently was a Golda Meir Fellow at Hebrew University, and a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, assistant professor of History at University of Rhode Island and, from 1992 senior research fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. He resigned his fellowship in 1995 to return to New York and taught at JTS before moving to Columbia in 2009. He held a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999-2000, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem in 2002/3, and of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and an NEH fellow, in 2006/7.

Selected Publications

The Ancient Jews, from Alexander to Muhammad (Key Themes in Ancient History), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. (=Das Judentum in der Antike, von Alexander der Grosse bis Mohammed, Stuttgart: Reclam, 2016).

Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society? Reciprocity and Solidarity in Ancient Judaism (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Imperialism and Jewish Society, 200 BCE-640 CE, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Josephus and Judaean Politics (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, 18.) Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1990.

Consuls of the Later Roman Empire (with Roger Bagnall, Alan Cameron, and Klaas Worp). (Philological Monographs, 36.) Atlanta: American Philological Association, 1987