Professor of Ancient History
MA, D.Phil. (Oxon), FHEA, FRAS, FRGS, FRHistS, FSA
Tel. (0116) 252 2775
I have taught at Leicester since 1987 and became Professor of Ancient History in 2002. Originally trained as a classicist, have researched Greek history with an emphasis on political landscapes, epigraphy, geographical texts, and latterly material culture. My main work has been in the late classical and hellenistic periods, and its main geographical focuses have been, first, the island of Samos and, more recently, the Peloponnese (especially Sparta and Laconia).
I am a dedicated teacher and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have received much positive feedback from students, and in 2013 I was nominated in the 'SuperStar' poll run by the Students' Union.
In the 1980s I was a member of the Laconia Survey team, and in the 1990s I joined the Copenhagen Polis Project. My most widely read monograph has been The Greek World after Alexander (Routledge).
I have held research fellowships at Oxford (Wadham and Balliol Colleges) and Cambridge (St Catharine's), the visiting fellowship at the British School at Athens, and a one-year British Academy–Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship which I devoted to the Hellenistic history of the Peloponnese; the resulting book is to be completed in early 2014. My research on the Greek geographer Pseudo-Skylax was supported by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation and the AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council).
From 2010 to 2013 I chaired my department's Academic Committee, dealing with all aspects of learning and teaching.
I was the first convener of the Dorothy Buchan Memorial lectures (in which I have been succeeded by Dr Dan Stewart).
I am a former chair of the Council of University Classical Departments (CUCD) and the BSA's Sparta & Laconia Committee (2003–6), and served until recently on the UK Education Honours Committee..
Teaching and Ph.D. supervision
I teach Greek and hellenistic history at undergraduate and MA levels.
I have supervised successful Ph.D.s on the Celts and the hellenistic world (Duncan Campbell), hellenistic–Roman landscapes in southern Greece (Dan Stewart), Greek astronomy (Efrosyni Boutsikas, with Clive Ruggles), and classical Greek drinking-places (Clare Kelly-Blazeby, with Lin Foxhall). Currently I am supervising Ph.D.s on the hellenistic gymnasion (Dorothea Stavrou), hellenistic material culture and assemblages (Mark van der Enden, with Dan Stewart), late hellenistic–Roman Thessaly (Crysta Kaczmarek, with David Mattingly), and the image of Herakles/Hercules in the early Roman Mediterranean (Jane Ainsworth, with Sarah Scott).
Landscape, Power, and Resistance: The Macedonian Peloponnese, 338–197 BC. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
‘Aineias Taktikos in his intellectual context’, in M. Pretzler (ed.), Aeneas Tacticus: War, Politics and Literature in Classical Greece. Leiden: Brill (paper from the Aeneas Tacticus conference).
‘2046 [Skylax]’, in H.-J. Gehrke (ed.), Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, volume 5, part 2. Leiden: Brill.
‘The Menelaion in Therapna’, in H. W. Catling and R. W. V. Catling (eds), The Historical Periods (Sparta: Menelaion, 2; BSA Supplementary Volumes; London: British School at Athens).
Published since 2000 (select)
(Those asterisked are perhaps the most representative.)
2013 - ‘“Small things remembered”: the under-theorized domestic material culture of hellenistic Greece’. In N. Fenn and C. Römer-Strehl (eds), Networks in the Hellenistic World (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports), 3–13. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/28134
2013 - ‘Afterword: hellenistic oratory in context’, in C. Kremmydas and K. Tempest (eds), Hellenistic Oratory: Change and Continuity (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 361–8. https://lra.le.ac.uk/handle/2381/28139
* 2011 - Pseudo-Skylax’s Periplous: The Circumnavigation of the Inhabited World. Exeter: Bristol Phoenix Press/The Exeter Press
2010 - ‘Pseudo-Skylax on Attica’, in N. V. Sekunda (ed.), Ergasteria: Works presented to John Ellis Jones (Gdańsk: Project/Institute of Archaeology, Gdańsk University), 100–14 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/7677
2009 - ‘Early hellenistic Sparta: changing modes of interaction with the wider world?’, in N. Kaltsas (ed.), Athens–Sparta: Contributions to the Research on the Archaeology and History of the Two City-states (New York/Athens: Alexander S. Onassis Foundation/National Museum of Greece), 55–60 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/9034
2008 - ‘Pseudo-Skylax on the Peloponnese’, in C. Gallou et al. (eds), Dioskouroi: Studies presented to W. G. Cavanagh and C. B. Mee (Oxford: Archaeopress), 281–91 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/7670
* 2008 - ‘Approaching the Macedonian Peloponnese’, in C. Grandjean (ed.), Le Péloponnèse d'Épaminondas à Hadrien (Bordeaux: Ausonius), 53–68 http://hdl.handle.net/2381/7696
* 2006 - The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization (1st editor with J. Vanderspoel, D. Mattingly, L. Foxhall). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2005 - ‘Between Macedonia and Rome: political landscapes and social change in southern Greece in the early hellenistic period’, Annual of the British School at Athens 100 315–30
2004 - Hellēnizein: A Flexible Structure for Teaching Greek to Archaeologists and Ancient Historians (2nd author with E. Parisinou). Milton Keynes: Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics, and Archaeology
* 2002 - Continuity and Change in a Greek Rural Landscape: The Laconia Survey. Vol. i: Methodology and Interpretation (4th author with W. Cavanagh et al.). London: British School at Athens
* 2000 - The Greek World after Alexander: 323–30 BC. London–New York: Routledge, 2000. (Shortlisted for the Runciman Prize, and now in its 14th printing. Reprints since late 2004 incorporate corrections.)
2000 - 'The extent of Spartan territory in the late classical and hellenistic periods', Annual of the British School at Athens 95 367–90
2012 - Ο ελληνικός κόσμος μετά τον Αλέξανδρο: 323–30 π.Χ. Athens: National Bank Cultural Foundation (2-volume translation, by M. Zachariadou, of my Greek World after Alexander, with a lengthy bibliographical update and my further reflections on the period)
2001 - El mundo griego después de Alejandro 323–30 a.C. Barcelona: Crítica (translation, by M. Chocano, of my Greek World after Alexander)
Indexing and copy-editing
For many years I have completed indexes to my own and others' works and been a member of the Society of Indexers. I have written briefing notes for scholars on Typography and Text Layout and on Indexing.
For older publications, follow the 'Publications' link above.