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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Professor Ted Kaizer

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Ted Kaizer is Professor in Roman Culture and History. He was educated at Leiden (MA, 1995) and Brasenose College, Oxford (DPhil, 2000), and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2002-2005) before coming to Durham. His main research interest is the social and religious history of the Near East in the Late Hellenistic and Roman period. He is the author of The Religious Life of Palmyra (Stuttgart, 2002) and has written articles on various aspects of religion and history of the Classical Levant. His present research project concerns a study of the social patterns of worship at Dura-Europos, a fortress town on the Middle Euphrates, and in this context he is also preparing two historiographical volumes (in the Bibliotheca Cumontiana) for the Academia Belgica in Rome and the Belgian Historical Institute. Fellowships awarded include: Fellowship of the Exzellenzcluster 'Religion und Politik' at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2009); Margo Tytus Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati (2011); Christopherson/Knott Fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Study of Durham University (2013); Dale T. Mortensen Senior Fellowship at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (2014); Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2014-17). He has widely travelled through the Middle East.

Areas of Doctoral Supervision

Most areas and periods of Roman culture and history, especially social and religious history in the imperial period, and in particular of the provinces in the eastern half of the empire.

Current PhD Students

Past Research Students

  • Polly Weddle, Touching the Gods: Physical Interaction with Cult Statues in the Roman World (PhD 2010)
  • Peter Alpass, The Religious Life of Nabataea (PhD 2011)
  • Jennifer Wilkinson, Mark and his Gentile Audience. A Traditio-Historical and Socio-Cultural Investigation of Mk 4.34-9.29 and its Interface with Gentile Polytheism in the Roman Near East (PhD 2012 in Theology - co-supervised with W.R. Telford of the Dept. of Theology & Religion)
  • H.A.M. (Rik) van Wijlick, Rome and the Near Eastern Kingdoms and Principalities, 44-31 BC. A Study of Political Relations during Civil War (PhD 2013)
  • Sebastian Nichols, 'The Gods of the Nations are Idols' (Ps. 96:5): Paganism and Idolatry in Near Eastern Christianity (PhD 2014)
  • Donald MacLennan, Administrative Development in the Kingdoms and Principalities of the Near East under the Aegis of Rome (PhD 2018)
  • Chiara Grigolin, Shaping Seleucid Identity over Time: Cities of the Seleucid Near East and their Foundation Stories (PhD 2018)
  • Eris Williams Reed, Water and Worship in the Roman Near East: Gods, Spaces and Cults (PhD 2019)

Research Interests

  • Local identities in the Classical Levant
  • Religions in the Graeco-Roman world
  • Social and religious history of the Roman Near East


Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Book review

Edited Sources, Research Data Sets, and Databases

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Kaizer, Ted (2016). Tadmor-Palmyra, a unique civilization between East and West. Omnibus 71: 9-11.
  • Kaizer, Ted (2009). Hatra: temples, dieux et cultes. Les Dossiers d’Archéologie 334: 34-39.
  • Kaizer, Ted (2006). Mithras, or ‘the passion of the bull-slayer’. Omnibus 52: 27-29.
  • Kaizer, Ted (2005). Ein Haus der Götter: Kulte und Religion in der Karawanenstadt Palmyra. Welt und Umwelt der Bibel 36(2): 30-35.