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DR. Iris Sulimani

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Open University of Israel Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, senior lecturer. 1 University Road, P. O. Box 808, Raanana 43107
Office:972-9-7782052 Email:irissul@openu.ac.il

Areas Of Interest
  • History of the Hellenistic period
  • Classical historiography
  • Ancient biography
  • Mythology and mythography
  • Culture-heroes
  • Utopias of the ancient world
  • Diodorus Siculus
  • Plutarch

2004
Ph.D, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History
1996
M.A., University of Haifa, Department of General History (cum laude)
1990
B.A., University of Haifa, Department of General History and Department of Political Science (cum laude)
2012-:
Open University of Israel, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, senior lecturer.
1993-2003, 2005-2012:
University of Haifa, Department of General History, adjunct lecturer.
2006-2011:
University of Haifa, School of History, adjunct lecturer.
2003-2011:
Hebrew University, Department of History, adjunct lecturer.
2010-2011:
Hebrew University, Department of Classical Studies, adjunct lecturer.
2010:
University of Haifa, Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, adjunct lecturer.
1991-2003:
University of Haifa, Department of Foreign Languages, adjunct lecturer.
1991-1997:
Tel-Hai College, Department of History, adjunct lecturer.
2013-2017
board member of The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
2012 -
The Israel Historical Society
1997 -
The Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
2014 - 2017
​member of the organising board of The 43rd – 46th Conferences of the Israeli Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
2013
member of the organising board of The Israel Historical Society Annual Conference
2014 -
Zmanim - A Historical Quarterly (Hebrew)

Ph.D: "Journeys of Gods and Culture-Heroes in the Bibliotheke of Diodorus Siculus,
Books I-V: The Concept of the Pagan Mission in the Hellenistic Era"

M.A.: "The Roman Diplomacy towards Macedon, 203-171 BC"

Diodorus’ Mythistory and the Pagan Mission: Historiography and Culture-heroes in the First Pentad of the Bibliotheke, Leiden and Boston 2011 (Mnemosyne Supplements, 331), xvi, 409 pp.

"Myth or Reality? A Geographical Examination of Semiramis’ Journey in Diodorus", Scripta Classica Israelica, 24 (2005), pp. 45-63.

"Diodorus' Source-Citations. A Turn in the Attitude of Ancient Authors towards Their Predecessors?", Athenaeum, 96 (2008), pp. 535-567.

"Speeches in Diodorus' First Pentad", Ancient World, 45 (2014), pp. 174-192.

"Egyptian Heroes Travelling in Hellenistic Road Networks: The Representation of the Journeys of Osiris and Sesostris in Diodorus", ARAM periodical, 27:1&2 (2015), pp. 87-102.

"Imaginary Islands in the Hellenistic Era: Utopia on the Geographical Map", in G. Hawes (ed.), Myths on the Map: The Storied Landscapes of Ancient Greece, Oxford 2017, 221-242. 

in Hebrew:
"Review of I. Malkin, The Returns of Odysseus, Tel Aviv 2004", Zmanim, 90 (2005), pp. 102-105.
["על מיתוס, היסטוריה ואתנוגרפיה: ביקורת על ספרו של עירד מלכין, שיבותיו של אודיסאוס: מיתוס, זהות אתנית וייסוד מושבות ביוון הקדומה, תרגמה דליה טסלר, תל-אביב 2004", זמנים, 90 (2005), עמ' 105-102.]

in Hebrew:
"Review of D. Mendels, Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World, London and New York 2004", Zmanim, 93 (2006), pp. 114-118.
["עיצובו של זיכרון, שימורו ותפקידיו בעולם העתיק: ביקורת על הספר
Doron Mendels, Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World, T&T Clark International, London and New York 2004", זמנים, 93 (2006), עמ' 118-114.]

Biography, Historiography and Mythography: A comparative Study of Plutarch and Diodorus.
"Plutarch's Lykourgos: A Biography of a Mythical Hero

Conference: Third Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Heritage of Western Greece with special emphasis on Μίμησις – Μimēsis:  imitation, emulation, representation, re-enactment
Date: 25 – 28 May 2017
Place: Syracuse, Sicily
Syracuse 2017
Subject: Emulation in Diodorus Siculus: The Role of History and Sicilian Role-models

Conference: 9th Celtic Conference in Classics – Oppositional Tendencies in Myth and Mythography
Date: 22 – 25 June, 2016
Place: Dublin, Ireland
Subject: Barbarians vs. Greeks: The Myth of Dionysus in Diodorus

Conference: Utopias in Ancient Thought
Date: 10 – 12 March 2016
Place: Leuven & Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Subject: Utopia in Diodorus Siculus: The Imaginary Becomes Real

Conference: 8th Celtic Conference in Classics – New Directions in Greco-Roman Mythography: Texts, Contexts and Intertexts
Date: 25 – 28 June 2014
Place: Edinburgh, Scotland
Subject: Mythography and Biography: Plutarch's Lykourgos

Conference: Sixth Bristol Myth Conference: Greek Myths on the Map
Date: 31 July – 2 August 2013
Place: Bristol, England
Subject: Imaginary Islands in Diodorus Siculus: Geography, Mythology and Utopia

Conference: Diodorus Siculus: Shared Myths, World Community, and Universal History
Date: 31 August – 2 September 2011
Place: Glasgow, Scotland
Subject: The Importance of the Absence: Speeches in Diodorus' First Pentad

Conference: Trade Routes & Seafaring in the Ancient Near East
Date: 4-6 July 2011
Place: Oxford, England
Subject: Egyptian Heroes Travelling in Hellenistic Road Networks: The Representation of the Journeys of Osiris and Sesostris in Diodorus

Conference: The Thirty-fourth Conference of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
Date: 8-9 June 2005
Place: University of Haifa
Subject: The Journeys of Semiramis and Alexander: Myth Follows History or Vice Versa?

Conference: The Thirty-Third Conference of the Israel Society for the Promotion of Classical Studies
Date: 2-3 June 2004
Place: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Subject: The Journey of Sesostris according to Diodorus Siculus: Egyptian Hero in Hellenic Costume

Conference in Memory of Professor Alexander Fuks
Date: 22 November 2007
Place: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Subject: Mythology, Geography and History in Diodorus Siculus' first Books

The Forum of Ancient Studies at the University of Haifa
Date: 12 April 2016
Subject: Imaginary Islands in the Hellenistic Era: Utopia on the Geographical Map (in English)

History Department Seminar, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Date: November 2009
Subject: Mythology, Geography and History in Diodorus Siculus (in Hebrew)

Conference: 8th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities (GISFOH) Symposium – Witnessing and Knowing: Challenging Re/Sources of Knowledge
Date: 4 – 7 September 2016
Place: Potsdam, Germany

  • The Constitutions of the Greek Polis
  • Classical Greece (10110) – revision (with Dr. Yifat Peleg)
  • The History of the Hellenistic World (10222) – revision (with Dr. Yifat Peleg)
  • From Cyrus to Alexander: The History of Israel During the Persian Empire (10550) –revision
  • Rome: Imperialism and Empire (10473) – revision
  • Judaia and Rome (10212) – revision