Kenneth Holum
Professor Emeritus

We are very sad to report that Professor Emeritus Kenneth ("Ken") Holum passed away on the morning of September 20th after a battle with pancreatic cancer. For more than forty years, Ken was a professor of late antique history in our department. Ken leaves behind his Lebensgefährtin, his wife, Marsha Rozenblit, professor of modern Jewish history in the department; his children, Kate and Mark; many members of his immediate family; and hundreds of other friends and colleagues who will miss him immensely. To read more about his many accomplishments, please see here.


Professor Holum specializes in Late Antiquity and the archaeology and history of Greek and Roman cities. Since 1989 he has directed the Combined Caesarea Expeditions, an international archaeological project that explores Caesarea Maritima, a Roman city located on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. His books include Theodosian Empresses (1982) on imperial women in Late Antiquity, and King Herod's Dream (1988), on the antiquities of Caesarea. He has edited Caesarea Maritima: A Retrospective after Two Millenia (1996) and Caesarea Papers 2 (1999), both large collections of reports and essays on Caesarea. His newest book (2000), The Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Caesarea Maritima, co-authored with Clayton M. Lehmann. He has also published forty scholarly articles, archaeological reports, and essays. He served as curator for the Smithsonian Institution's traveling museum exhibition "King Herod's Dream" (1988-90), and has consulted on four films on Caesarea. Professor Holum has received a number of grants and awards, including a Lady Davis Visiting Professorship in Jerusalem, a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Senior Fellowship from the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem; three fellowships from Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies; several grants from NEH; and a large research award from the Joseph and Mary Keller Foundation. He has served the department as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the Honors Program, and Director of Graduate Studies. Professor Holum is currently writing a monograph on Caesarea entitled Caesarea's Fortune. His research interests included ancient cities generally, the eastern Roman provinces, the victory of Christianity over paganism, and the transformation of the Roman world in Late Antiquity.

Francis Scott Key Hall