Dr. Hagit Amirav is internationally educated and her research profile covers a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines relating to the Graeco-Roman world. She has a B.A. degree (1995; magna cum laude) in Classics (Greek and Roman languages and literature) from Tel Aviv University; following a study period in Toronto (1996), she obtained a second degree (M.St.) in Greek and Roman history from the University of Oxford (1997), and a doctorate (D.Phil.) in Greek and Roman history (2001), at the same university.
Dr Amirav has been tutored by a few of the most eminent classicists and ancient historians in the world: Prof. Benjamin Isaac (Roman history and epigraphy), Prof. Timothy Barnes (Roman law), Prof. Dame Averil Cameron (Late Antique and Byzantine texts), Prof. Sir Fergus Millar (ancient history), Dr Dirk Obbink (papyrology), Dr Sebastian Brock (patristics), among others, contributed not only to her broad span of interests and expertise, but also to her considerable international network which also includes many young promising scholars of her generation.
Her thesis about John Chrysostom, published by Peeters Publishers in 2003, approaches theological texts using historical and literary methods. The subject of her forthcoming book about the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451) highlights her interest in language use in imperial and ceremonial ritual. Some of her other subjects of interest are historical texts as literature and the rhetorical use of language in historical texts, such as Ammianus Marcellinus and recently, also in legal texts. Dr Amirav is a contributor to the Oxford based-project The Oxyrhynchus Papyri in which she focuses mainly on Greek magical papyri. Another focus of interest is the history of early modern period, in particularly the phenomenon of the revival of Christian Hebraism in the 16 th century. Together with Prof. Hans-Martin Kirn, she translated and annotated a treatise by the Swiss Theologian, Theodor Bibilander, which is due to be published by Droz Publishers in early 2011.
Dr Amirav’s teaching interests include the fields of Classics, Ancient History, Greek Patristics ,and Early Christianity. Working within the framework of CPO, her goal is to raise the research profile of the Faculty in the fields of patristics, Late Antique and Byzantine studies. She initiated, together with Profs. Paul Van Geest, Bas Ter Haar Romeny, and Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, the prestigious Annual Lectures in Patristics, delivered yearly at the KNAW in Amsterdam by eminent international scholars in the fields of patristic studies, ancient history, and Late Antiquity.
Dr Amirav is a recipient of a number of prestigious prizes and fellowships. She was a recipient of a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford (2002) and more recently, a laureate of an ERC (European Research Council) Starting grant (2008). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Hebrew University, and was twice elected to a Visiting Research Fellowship at Brasenose College, Oxford, the first time for the summer term of 2010, and a second one for the summer and fall terms of 2011.