Dr Dan Stewart

Dan Teaching

Lecturer in Ancient History

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2172

Email: ds120@le.ac.uk

Personal details

BA (Memorial University of Newfoundland), MA (British Columbia), PhD (Leicester), SFHEA

Prior to joining the school in October 2008 I held positions at University College London and the University of Birmingham. I am the co-director of a fieldwork project at Roman Knossos, served as field director of the Sikyon Survey Project, and have been involved in archaeological projects in Greece, Syria and North America. My research straddles the line between Ancient History and Archaeology, interweaving texts and objects to examine the landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean.


I am heavily involved in teaching in the department, and have contributed to a range of modules for all three levels of Undergraduate studies. I am also Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies.


Selected recent publications

  • D. Stewart (2018) “Pinpointing Pausanias: Ethnography, Analogy, and Autopsy,” in E. Varto (ed.) The Classics and Early Anthropology: A Companion in Classical Reception. Leiden: Brill. 279-300.
  • D. Stewart (2017) “Spartan History from Leuctra to Nabis,” in A. Powell (ed.) A Companion to Sparta. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 374-402.
  • D. Stewart (2014) “Rural Sites in Roman Greece” Archaeological Reports60: 117-132.
  • D. Stewart (2013) Reading the Landscapes of the Rural Peloponnese: Landscape Change and Regional Variation in an Early 'Provincial' Setting: BAR International Series 2504. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • D. Stewart (2013) “’Most Worth Remembering’: Pausanias, Analogy, and Classical Archaeology” Hesperia 82.2, 231-261.


  • D. Stewart (2017) “Review of Pettegrew, D. 2016. The Isthmus of Corinth: Crossroads of the Mediterranean World.” American Journal of Archaeology, 121.3.
  • D. Stewart (2015) “Review of Fodorean, F. The Topography and Landscape of Roman Dacia,” Landscape History, 36.1: 95-96. DOI:10.1080/01433768.2015.1044285
  • D. Stewart (2015) “Review of Caraher, Moore, and Pettegrew (eds.) Pyla-Koutsopetria I. Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town,” Antiquity, 89.347, 1255-6. DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.118
  • D. Stewart (2012) “Review of Spawforth, A. J. S., Greece and the Augustan cultural revolution. Greek culture in the Roman world,” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.12.4. Available online: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2012/2012-12-04.html

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My research interests focus on cultural interaction in the Hellenistic and Roman eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on what is now mainland Greece and Crete. Most recently this has entailed research projects on Roman Knossos, change and continuity in landscape and land use within the Peloponnese of Greece, and how landscapes affect communities over time. I have been attempting to use landscape studies as a means of accessing more than just economic data about past societies, but as windows into how societies, and people within societies, interacted.

My research methodology involves the integration of both urban and rural data, from a variety of sources. My current work on Knossos uses a new programme of geophysical investigation and archival research in order to help illuminate the Roman city.

I have experience integrating archaeological field survey data, excavated material and textual data  in order to assess the disparate areas of this geographically divided landmass. My fieldwork at Sikyon formed a part of this broader research initiative. Broadly, this research highlighted the range of responses to changing socio-political situations within the Peloponnese. Moreover, it shows that ‘Greece’ rarely, if ever, reacted to such circumstances in a monolithic or unified manner.

This work on archaeological landscapes has led to an interest in exploring literary landscapes, or how landscapes (both urban and rural) were represented within ancient sources. This has led to research on the historiography of landscape and landscape archaeology. In other words, exploring the relationship between ancient texts, archaeological materials, and the way we frame our understandings of the past.


I am available to supervise PhD students in the following subject areas:

  • Hellenistic and Roman Greece
  • Urban and Rural Landscapes
  • The intersection of Text and Material Culture
  • The Greek East

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