Saronic Gulf Sailing

August 28 to September 14, 2019: Our international team sails the Saronic region to examine sea routes and patterns of connectivity from a maritime and terrestrial perspective. The core group of researchers includes, from Münster, myself, Marian Helm and Sophia Nomicos, from University College London Irene Polinskaya, and from Cardiff University Alex McAuley.

Stay tuned, this should be interesting!

New TSO Volume

August 10, 2019: Salvatore Tufano’s book “Boiotia from Within. The Beginnings of Boiotian Historiography” has been published as Teiresias Supplements Online, volume 2.

Guest Researcher

July 1 to July 12, 2019: Dr. Julietta Steinhauer from University College London joins us to carry out her research on Delos and Hellenistic network economies. Welcome, Julietta.

Special Guest

July 1, 2019: Professor Robin Yates from McGill visits WWU to deliver a guest lecture in the departments of Ancient History and East Asian Studies. The title of his presentation is: “An Exploration of Slavery in the Early Chinese Empire with some comparisons with the Roman World.”

All welcome, and Happy Canada Day!

EMCC Coordinator Meeting and Student Seminar in Rome

June 17 to 21, 2019: Università Roma Tre and the German Archaeological Institute in Rome host the annual EMCC coordinator and biannual student seminar meetings. The European Master in Classical Cultures is an internationally integrated MA degree course that allows students to carry out their studies seamlessly between 12 participating universities in 8 European countries. Interested students, please contact me via email for more info.

This year’s student seminar included terrific presentations by students of their work in progress and site visits to the Capitoline Museums and the Crypta Balbi.

The seminar coincided with a ceremony in the German Embassy at Rome in recognition of the restitution of a youthful marble head, the so-called Head from Fondi, to the Republic of Italy as its rightful owner.

PhD Defense in Switzerland

May 20, 2019: Roy van Wijk defended his PhD thesis A Bittersweet Rivalry. The Interstate Relations between Athens and Boiotia during the Archaic and Classical Periods (550 to 323 BCE), submitted to the Faculty of Arts at the Université de Fribourg, in a most magnificent manner. Congratulations to Dr. van Wijk and his supervisor, Professor Fabienne Marchand. It’s been a tremendous privilege to serve on the PhD committee.

International Workshop (AMP Research)

May 13, 2019: What is entanglement, and how does it advance the narratives we craft as historians? I am happy to convene a one-day international workshop on “Entangled Greek History. Concepts, Contexts, Cases” to explore precisely this.

Here is the program.

Inaugural Lecture

May 10, 2019: My public inaugural lecture at WWU is scheduled for May 10, 2:00pm, at the Studiobühne (Domplatz 23). Do come along to find out “Warum wir eine neue griechische Geschichte brauchen.” Once you will have sat through the talk, there will be a reception after the event! Click here for details.

Postscript: Thank you to participants and visitors from near and (very) far - it’s been an amazing treat, on a very special day.

New Publication

May 6, 2019: “Ethnos and Koinon. Studies in Ancient Greek Ethnicity and Federalism” is out. The volume is based on a conference held at the European Cultural Center in Delphi and co-edited with Kostas Buraselis and Alex McAuley. Here is the link to the project page.

Many thanks to the contributors, also for their patience!

More Additions to the Team

April 1, 2019: Dr. Sebastian Scharff from Mannheim University picks up a new position as Faculty Lecturer with a teaching portfolio in Greek History. Eylihan Ayhan joins the chair as new Administrative Affairs Coordinator. Welcome to both!

Advisory Board

March 28, 2019: Happy to join the Advisory Board of a new series, Liverpool Studies in Ancient History.

New Team member

February 1, 2019: Dr. Marian Helm has taken up the position of Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, associated with my chair in Greek History. Marian brings to Münster a cutting-edge research profile on local perspectives and central places in pre-Roman Italy. His next project will take him to Classical Greece, where he will explore the entangled world of the Saronic region. Welcome to the team, dear Marian!

New Publication

January 3, 2019: New co-edited volume, with Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp: “Verlierer und Aussteiger in der ‘Konkurrenz unter Anwesenden‘. Agonalität in der politischen Kultur des antiken Rom.“ Stuttgart (Franz Steiner Verlag), 2019. 224 p. Many thanks to the contributors Christoph Lundgreen, Egon Flaig, Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp, Francisco Pina Polo, Amy Russell, Matt Roller, and Andreas Klingenberg.

Here is the link to the publisher.

Touchdown in Münster

December 3, 2018: First day in Münster. Thank you to everyone for the extremely heartwarming welcome!

Conference in Sydney (AMP Research)

November 20 to 22, 2018: “Local Horizons of Ancient Greek Religion” at the University of Sydney, Australia. The conference is organized by Julia Kindt and myself, with 17 speakers from six countries. Here is the link to the conference website.

The conference is sponsored by the Australian Research Council and my Anneliese Maier Prize.

RSC Inauguration Ceremony

November 15 to 18, 2018: The Inauguration Ceremony for newly elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada was held in the Marriott Harborfront Hotel in Halifax. What a festive event!


Changing Jobs

October 24, 2018: I have accepted the offer for the position of Professor of Greek History at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster. From December 1, 2018, the new coordinates will be Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Domplatz 20-22, 48143 Münster, Germany (

Global Antiquities Annual Outreach Lecture

October 18, 2018: This year’s annual outreach lecture of Global Antiquities will be delivered by Professor Kimberly Bowes (University of Pennsylvania): “The Roman 90%: Poor People in the Roman World”

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Le Salon, 5pm. All welcome, reception to follow!

Spoils Conference in Bochum (AMP Research) 

September 18 to 21, 2018: "Spoils in the Roman Republic: Boon and Bane" will be held at Ruhr Universität Bochum. The conference is organized by Marian Helm and Saskia Roselaar. Here is the conference info pack. My opening address, scheduled for 13:30 on the first day, will be on "Global Spoils on a Local Stage: the Case of Republican Rome". 


Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada

September 18, 2018: I am so happy to be elected into the Royal Society of Canada - what an honor! Thank you to my nominating team and everyone who has supported the nomination. The link to the RSC website is here. It also includes a complete list of the Class of 2018 Fellows.

The McGill Reporter also covered the induction of new fellows from McGill.

Conference in Santiago (AMP Research)

August 28 to 31, 2018: Conference on Libertas and Res Publica in Santiago de Chile. The title of my paper is "Freedom, whose freedom? Libertas and the Roman Mediterranean". Here is the conference program. 

POSTSCRIPT: Thank you Catalina Balmaceda and her team of graduate students for hosting a most stimulating event, with superb scholarly exchanges as well as delightful social gatherings. 

Festkolloquium für Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp

July 25, 2018: Zum 65. Geburtstag von "KJH" richten Angela Ganter und ich ein Festkolloquium in der Thyssen Stiftung in Köln aus: "Eine Republik und ihr Forscher". Hier ist das Programm und mein kurzes Grußwort. Die Süddeutsche Zeitung hat tags danach berichtet. 

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, lieber Karl-Joachim!

Guest Lectures in Germany

July 17 and 18, 2018: I am looking forward to two invited lectures at the Universities of Heidelberg and Stuttgart. The topic is "Archestratos von Gela und die griechische Poliswelt." 

New Publication (AMP Research)

June 20, 2018: "Megarian Moments" is out, edited by Hans Beck and Philip J. Smith, with contributions from Sheila Ager, Kevin Solez, Klaus Freitag, Elke Stein-Hölkeskamp, David Yates, Jonathan Reeves, Daniel Tober, Alex McAuley, Matthias Haake, Franco De Angelis and Adrian Robu. Big thanks to Chandra Giroux for editorial assistance!

From the back cover: Situated near the main traffic artery in Central Greece and surrounded by poleis that were more powerful, the ancient city-state of Megara was often a punching bag of others. In neighbouring Athens in particular, the Megarians were subject to all sorts of slander and expressions of chauvinism. The people of Megara, by default, had their own assessment of the world and their role in it. A highway to others, the Megarid, was a rich source of meaning and orientation to its inhabitants. This local backdrop, often misunderstood as petty or irrelevant, constituted a unique local discourse environment. Rather than telling a narrative history of Megara – unravelling its local history, as it were –, this volume delves into the local discourse of this ancient city. The various contributions all shed light on the prevailing identity of place, on what it meant to be from Megara. In doing so, the book unpacks the vibrant local life in a Greek city-state. In their endeavour to break the code of a local discourse and recreate its environment, the editors and authors also invite readers to rethink approximations toward the pluriverse of poleis in Greek Antiquity. You can download the volume for free from Teiresias Supplements Online

Fieldwork in Greece (AMP Research)

May 25 to June 1, 2018: The first session of topographical and landscape-archaeological studies in 2018 includes examinations of sites in the Lower Kephissos Valley, Tanagra, Phlious, and the Southern Argolid.


International Workshop in Fribourg (AMP Research Event)

May 24, 2018: The second leg of "The Dancing Floor of Ares" (co-organized with Fabienne Marchand) will be held at the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. Participants are Alex McAuley, Marcel Pierart, Elenca Franchi, Salvatore Tufano, and Laetitia Phialon.

Here is the program.   

International Conference in Waterloo (AMP Research Event)

April 25 to 28, 2018: The Conference "Localism in the Hellenistic World," co-hosted by Sheila Ager and myself, is on at the Delta Hotel in Waterloo. The event brings together 20 scholars from seven countries, thanks to sponsorship from SSHRC, the Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies, and the Parochial Polis Research Network. 

Here is the program

Global Antiquities Research Talk 

March 29, 2018: Global Antiquities hosts a guest lecture by Professor Armin Selbitschka (LMU Munich) on "Global Players? Revisiting the First Emperor's Acrobat Figurines".

Leacock 808, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, all welcome! 

International Colloquium "Between Local and Translocal" (AMP Research) 

February 21 to 23, 2018: The Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich, hosts an international colloquium on "Between Local and Translocal: Founding, Inhabiting and Appropriating Settlements". I am happy to participate with a paper on "Localism and the Local in Ancient Greece – at Home and Overseas". 

Here is the program

Talk in Ottawa (AMP Research)

February 18, 2018: Talk before the American Institute of Archaeology Ottawa Society (Carleton University, Paterson Building, Room 303, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm) on "A Local History of Ancient Greece." Here is the poster of the lecture series.  

Love Talk 

February 12, 2018: Talk in the annual lecture series "Love in the Time of", organized by McGill's Arts Undergraduates Society. As ever, the series is scheduled in close convenience to Valentine's Day. My topic is "Sappho's Love". 

ARTS-W 215, 6:00 pm. All welome! 

New Publication

February 2, 2018: The volume from the Torino conference on Roman Oratory (see News Archive: April 15-17, 2015) has been published with Oxford UP: Christa Grey et al. (eds), Reading Republican Oratory. Reconstructions, Contexts, Receptions. It also includes my piece on "Of Fragments and Feelings. Roman Funeral Oratory Revisited" (pages 263-280). Thank you to the editors! 

New SSHRC Grant

January 22, 2018: We are delighted to report that our application for a Connection Grant from SSHRC to fund a conference on localism has been successful. The application was prepared by Professor Sheila Ager (Waterloo) as PI and myself as co-applicant.

With funding from SSHRC, the University of Waterloo, and the Parochial Polis Research Network at McGill, we will be able to hold an international conference on "Localism in the Hellenistic World" at the Waterloo Institute of Hellenistic Studies, April 26 to 28. The details will be announced soon, stay tuned.  

Visiting Speaker (Anneliese Maier Prize Research Event)

January 22 to 27, 2018: Professor John Bintliff (Leiden and Edinburgh) will visit Classical Studies at McGill for a public lecture, a presentation in our departmental Oberseminar series, and various research consultations with colleagues and students.

The public lecture is scheduled for January 23, 5:00 pm (ARTS-W 215), all are welcome! 

Global Antiquities Lecture

January 12, 2018: Global Antiquities invites you to a co-sponsored lecture by Professor Silvia Ferrara (La Sapienza, Rome): "The Invention of Writing"

ARTS 160, 4:00 to 5:30 pm. All welcome! Here is the event poster. 

SCS Annual Meeting

January 4 to 7, 2018: The Annual Meeting of the Society of Classical Studies is on at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston. Here is the link to the conference page. Looking forward to see many colleagues and friends! 


New Publication

January 1, 2018: Hans Beck, "The Discovery of Numa's Writings. Roman Sacral Law and the Early Historians." In: Kaj Sandberg and Christopher Smith (eds), Omnium Annalium Monumenta. Historical Writing and Historical Evidence in Republican Rome. Leiden and Boston: 90-112.

Thank you to the editors for pulling this together, it's been a terrific conference in Rome.