Currently serving as co-director of excavations at Legio, the site of an important Roman legionary base in what is now northern Israel, Jonathan studies broadly the history and archaeology of the ancient Greek-speaking world. His work considers evidence spanning nearly a millenium, from the Persian (Achaemenid) era through the Roman period in the eastern Mediterranean, and he focuses on the interactions and interconnections between Classical and ancient Near Eastern peoples and cultures. His particular interests include not only Greek historiography and the archaeology of the southern Levant, but also the history of ancient warfare and the comparison of imperial periphery regions in a variety of ancient periods.
In addition to teaching ancient Greek language, from beginner classes to advanced levels, Dr. David typically offers a wide array of courses on the history and archaeology of Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Near East. His recent seminar topics have included ancient warfare and society, Greek historians, epic storytelling across cultures, Greek oratory, archaeology of the Mediterranean world, and Alexander the Great.
Before joining the Classics department at Gettysburg, Jonathan had taught history, archaeology, and religious studies courses at California State University, Stanislaus and Penn State University. He has been a regular member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, a longtime staff member of Tel Aviv University's Megiddo Expedition, and a research fellow for the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on Cultural Exchange in the Mediterranean World (Temenos Project) at Penn State and Brown Universities. He is currently serving as Assistant Director for the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, a long-term excavation and survey endeavor in northern Israel, under the auspices of the W.F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, of which the excavations at Legio are a part.
Assistant Professor, Classics
Phone: (717) 337 - 6561
Box: Campus Box 0394
Weidensall Hall 204
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400