Past Faculty

Christian Habicht

School of Historical Studies
Ancient History
Historical Studies

Christian Habicht, a celebrated historian of the Hellenistic period and a leading authority on Greek epigraphy, served on the Institute Faculty from 1973 until he retired in 1998. His remarkable contributions to ancient history have shed light on Athenian society in the centuries between the fall of the Athenian Empire and the establishment of the Roman Empire. He is the author of books on Hellenistic ruler cults, on the Maccabees, on Cicero, and on Pausanias, the editor of hundreds of previously unpublished inscriptions from the most important places in Greece and Asia Minor, and the author of more than two hundred articles on topics from the fifth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E. To a new bilingual edition of Polybius's The Histories, Habicht contributed the introduction and explanatory notes; the six volumes were published in 201012. An updated English edition of his doctoral dissertation, submitted in German in 1951, was published as Divine Honors for Mortal Men in Greek Cities: The Early Cases by Michigan Classical Press in 2017.

Dates at IAS
  • Historical Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Historical Studies
Universität Hamburg D.Phil., 1952
Appointments: University of California, Berkeley, Sather Professor 1982; Archaeological Society of Athens, Honorary Counsellor
Awards: London Hellenic Society, Criticos Prize 1997; American Philosophical Society, Henry Allen Moe Prize 1996; Reuchlin Prize in the Humanities 1991
Memberships: Academy of Athens; Academy of Heidelberg; American Philosophical Society; British Academy; German Archaeological Institute
Universität Heidelberg 1965–1973 Professor 1965–73, Dean of Philosophische Fakultät 1966–67
Philipps-Universität Marburg 1961–1965 Professor
Universität Hamburg 1952–1961 Privatdozent 1957–61, Assistant Professor 1952–57