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Prof. Dr. Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz

Member of the International Advisory Board

Rachel Zelnick-Abramo

Tel Aviv University
Department of Classics
P.O. Box  3904, Tel Aviv 6997801 Israel
Tel. : +972-54-6476416
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Current position: 

Associate professor of Classics at Tel Aviv University


1980-1986    M.A. Student in Classics, Tel Aviv University
1988-1996    PhD in Classics, Tel Aviv University

Additional Academic Activities: 

Co-Editor of Scripta Classica Israelica (2008-2014)
Head of the Department of Classics, Tel Aviv University (2014-2018)
Head of the steering committee of the Joint MA Program in Classics (2014-2018)
Chair of the Admittance Committee of the Faculty of Humanities (2014-present)
Member of the Committee of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies (2016-present)
Member of the University Committee for BA studies (2018-present)


R. Zelnick-Abramovitz’s main research interests are the ancient Greek Society, especially the non-citizens (free, freed, and slaves), their status and relations with citizens and the polis. She also studies and publishes on Greek historiography, comedy and rhetoric. Recently, she has been working on two new projects: the shifting lines between the public and private spheres in the Greek polis; and the meaning and function of verbs of speaking in the works of the Greek historians.   

Third-Party Funding: 

The Israel Academy of Sciences (individual research project, 2016-2019).

Selected Publications:

  1. ‘Request and Supplication: Application by foreigners to the Athenian Polis’, Mnemosyne 51 (1998), 554-573.
  2. ‘The Xenodokoi of Thessaly’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigarphik 130 (2000), 109-120.
  3. ‘Did Patronage Exist in Classical Athens?’, L’Antiquité Classique 69 (2000), 65-80.
  4. ‘Settlers and Dispossessed in the Athenian Empire’, Mnemosyne 57 (2004), 325-45.
  5. ‘The Proxenoi of Western Greece’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 147 (2004), 93–106.
  6. ‘The Phrase Xenikei Lysei in Manumission Inscriptions’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 153 (2005), 108-112.
  7.  Not Wholly Free: The Concept of Manumission and the Status of Manumitted Slaves in the Ancient Greek World, Brill Academic Publishers, Mnemosyne-Supplementa 266, Leiden, 2005.
  8. ‘Freed Slaves, the State and Social Control in Ancient Greece’, European Review of History: Revue europeen d’histoire 16.3 (2009), 303-318.
  9. ‘Greek Slavery’. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press; (2013).
  10. Taxing Freedom in Thessalian Manumission Inscriptions, Mnemosyne HACA 361, Leiden-Boston: Brill Publishers, 2013.
  11. ‘Slaves and Role Reversal in Ancient Greek Cults’. Chapter 3 in S. Hodkinson and D. Geary (eds.), Slaves and Religions in Graeco-Roman Antiquity and Modern Brazil, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2012, 96-132.
  12. ‘Greek and Roman terminologies of slavery’, chapter 23 in S. Hodkinson, M. Kleijwegt and K. Vlassopoulos (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Slaveries, Oxford University Press. Oxford Handbooks on Line (online publication date: January 2018). DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199575251.013.41.
  13. ‘The Status of Slaves Manumitted Under paramonē: A Reappraisal’, in Gerhard Thür, Uri Yiftach and Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz (eds.), Symposion 2017, Vorträge zur griechischen und hellenistischen Rechtsgeschichte, Österreichische Akademie Der Wissenschaften, 2019.
  14. ‘Half Slave, Half Free: Partial Manumission in the Ancient Near East and Beyond’, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology (forthcoming).
  15. ‘Mapping Inequality in Ancient Greece’, in O. Cerasuolo (ed.), The Archaeology of Inequality. Tracing the Archaeological Record, Albany, NY: State of New York University Press (forthcoming).
  16. ‘Kabeiroi, Manumitted Slaves and Xenoi: The Manumission Inscriptions from Lemnos’, Dike (forthcoming).
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