Prof. Zeev Weiss

Zeev Weiss
Head of the Classical Archaeology department
Room 507. Office Hours: Mondays, 12:00-13:00

An Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor. Trained in Classical Archaeology, he specializes in Roman and Late Antique art and architecture in the provinces of Syria-Palestine.

His interests lie in various aspects of town-planning, architectural design, and mosaic art, as well as the evaluation of archaeological finds in light of the socio-cultural behavior of Jewish society and its dialogue with Graeco-Roman culture and Christian cultures. As Director of the Sepphoris excavations on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his work has contributed greatly to understanding the architectural development and character of the city throughout its history. His publications include many articles as well as two major volumes: The Sepphoris Synagogue: Deciphering an Ancient Message through Its Archaeological and Socio-Historical Contexts (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2005) and Public Spectacles in Roman and Late Antique Palestine (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press,2014).

Rsearch Interests:

  • Roman and Byzantine art and architecture in the Syro-Palestinian provinces
  • Mosaic art.
  • Synagogues in ancient Palestine.
  • Jewish societyand its dialogue with Graeco-Roman and Christian cultures.
  • Analysis of archaeological finds in light of Rabbinic literature.


Introductry courses of Classical Archaeology, and additional courses of Roman and Byzantine Archaeology. Emphasis on architectural finds, artistic and literary sources. 

Ongoing Projects:

Graduate Students:

Reut Dadon

Hillel Silberklang

Chen Hovers

Daniel Leviatan

Alex Melamed

Debbi Sandhaus-Re'em (currently at the IAA)

Avner Ecker

Benny Aroubas

Shulamit Miller

Amit Re'em