Julia Wilker

Associate Professor of Classical Studies


234 Cohen Hall

Julia Wilker received her M.A. (History and Classical Archaeology) and her Dr.phil. (Ancient History) from the Freie Universitat Berlin. Before joining the faculty at Penn, she taught Ancient History in Berlin from 2005 until 2011. Her major fields of interest include Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period, the Near East in Hellenistic and Roman times, late classical Greece and interstate relations in the ancient world. She has published on the Herodian dynasty, including a monograph on the Herodians in the first century CE (Fur Rom und Jerusalem. Die herodianische Dynastie im 1. Jahrhundert n.Chr., 2007), on the Hasmoneans and Roman-Jewish relations. She is particularly interested in cross-cultural interactions and concepts of identity in the ancient world. Her current research focuses on non-religious elites in Hellenistic and Roman Judea (2nd century BCE - 2nd century CE) and on concepts of interstate relations in the fourth century BCE.

Courses Taught
  • ANCH 220: Near East in Hellenistic and Roman Times
  • ANCH 538; Jews in the Greek and Roman World