Nathanael Andrade

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Roman Near East, Greek and Roman History, Ancient Mediterranean, and Late Antiquity

Office: LT 802

My research treats various topics in the history of the ancient and late antique Mediterranean, with special focus on the Roman and later Roman Near East. My first book Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World (Cambridge University Press, 2013) examines the integration of Syrians (as well as Levantine Jews) into the late Seleucid and Roman empires and their complicated engagement with broader imperial structures. As part of this project, I have taken a keen interest (among many other topics) in the settlements of Palmyra and Dura-Europos, Greek and Palmyrene epigraphy, the Greek-writing author Lucian of Samosata, the Jewish historian Josephus, the turbulent reign of the Seleucid king Antiochus IV, and the social significance of speaking or writing Greek, Latin, and various Aramaic dialects in the Roman Near East.

My other publications deal with the experiences of Syrians in the Roman and later Roman empire; Latin and Greek historiography; social exchange and antagonisms among pagans, Jews, and Christians; doctrinal factionalism in late antiquity; and the complicated relationship between Roman imperial structures and religious factions (especially in Constantinople and the Near East). I am also currently working on two books. One traces how Christianity traveled from the Roman Mediterranean world to India. It probes how various agents and networks embedded in a connected Afro-Eurasian world system moved Christian culture over long distances, and it assesses how such culture transformed as it traveled and took root in new places. The other book is a history of Zenobia, one of the most notable women rulers of antiquity. While exploring the political aspects of her reign, it aims to create a narrative of some of her key life experiences by situating her within the social context of Roman Palmyra, a site that has yielded many inscriptions and material remains.

Principal Publications

Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World. Greek Culture in the Roman World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

        Reviews: Times Literary Supplement, April 11, 2014, p. 28 

Historische Zeitschrift 299.2 (2014): 435-36

Classical Review 65.1 (2015): 187-89

Classical Journal Online, Jan. 5, 2015:

Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Jan. 22, 2015:

Expository Times 126.7 (April 2015): 348

Topoi: Orient-Occident 19.2 (2014)[2015]: 793-96

American Historical Review 120.5 (2015): 1950-51

 “The Syriac Book of the Laws of the Countries, Eusebius' Preparation for the Gospel, and the Clementine Recognitions: Early Witnesses for Christianity in Central Asia?” Electrum 22 (2015): 159-71.

“A Syriac Document and its Cultural Implications for Third-Century Roman Syria.” In Syriac Encounters: Papers from the Sixth North American Syriac Symposium, Duke University, 26-29 June 2011, eds. M. Doerfler, E. Fiano, and K. Smith. Eastern Christian Studies 20 (Leuven: Peeters, 2015): 239-57.

“The Jewish Tetragrammaton: Secrecy, Community, and Prestige among Greek-Writing Jews of the Early Roman Empire.” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 46.2 (2015): 198-223.

“Assyrians, Syrians, and the Greek Language in the Late Hellenistic and Roman Imperial Periods.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 73.2 (2014): 299-317.

“Inscribing the Citizen: Soados and the Civic Context of Palmyra.” Maarav 19.1-2 (2012) [2014]: 65-90.

“Seducing Autocracy: Tacitus and the Dynasts of the Near East.” American Journal of Philology 133.3 (2012): 441-75.

“Local Authority and Civic Hellenism: Tarcondimotus, Hierapolis-Castabala, and the Cult of Perasia.” Anatolian Studies 61 (2011): 123-32.

“Framing the Syrian of Late Antiquity: Engagements with Hellenism.” Special volume of Journal of Modern Hellenism 28: Hellenism and Islam, Global and Historical Perspectives, ed. D. Krallis and T. Kuehn (2010-2011): 1-46.

“Ambiguity, Violence, and Community in the Cities of Judaea and Syria.” Historia: Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte 59.3 (2010): 342-70.

“The Processions of John Chrysostom and the Contested Spaces of Constantinople.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 18.2 (2010): 161-89.

“The Syriac Life of John of Tella and the Frontier Politeia.” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 12.2 (2009): 199-234.


Recent and Current Courses

Ancient Sports

Classical Greece: From Troy to Alexander

Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Greece

Ancient Rome: From Romulus to Zenobia

Later Roman Empire

Western Civilization to 1400

The Ancient Mediterranean

Provinces of the Roman Empire

Syrians and Greek/Roman Imperialism


Select Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

  • Solmsen Fellowship, Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH), University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015-2016)
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • Faculty Research Award, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation,
  • University of Oregon (2015-2016)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Assistant Professors, the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton, NJ (2012-213)
  • Faculty Senate Research Grant, West Virginia University (2011-2012)
  • Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (2009-2010)
  • Harvard College Fellowship, Harvard University (2009-2010)
  • Honorable Mention, Rackham Dissertation Competition, University of Michigan (2009-2010)
  • Rackham Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan (2008-2009)
  • Michael Jameson Fellowship, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Regular Member (2007-2008)

Last Updated: 8/12/16