Ancient Mediterranean Studies Ph.D. Emphasis
Our interdisciplinary program brings together scholars from six different UCSB departments.
Ancient Borderlands Research Focus Group
Founded in 2005, this interdisciplinary group sponsors seminars and lectures.
Internet Resources for Ancient History and Classics
Links to databases, bibliographies, and other research tools for studying ancient history.
Achemenet & Musée Achéménide
Essential research tools, publications, and information for the study of Achaemenid Persia. Site directed by Prof. Pierre Briant.
A research tool for studying Iranian civilization from ancient times to the present.
Association of Ancient Historians
The AAH is the premier organization of Ancient History professionals in the United States and Canada.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
The ASCSA is the base for U.S. classical studies teaching and research in Greece.
The Gennadius Library, Athens
A renowned center for the study of Greek literature, history, and art from ancient to modern times.
War: A Documentary by Gwynne Dyer
A thought-provoking 1983 TV series on warfare and warriors, from ancient to modern times.
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Current Graduate Students
Ancient Greece, Achaemenid Persia,
History of Warfare
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1999
Office: HSSB 4210 Fall 2014 Hours:
Phone: (805) 893-5681
Fax: (805) 893-7671
I study the history of ancient West Asia, including Greece and Achaemenid Persia (559-330 BCE). I'm interested in the social and cultural aspects of ancient warfare as well as in the equipment, tactics, and logistics of ancient armies. My current research focuses on war and culture in the Greek and Achaemenid world from ca. 650-330 BCE. (more...)
Research and Teaching Interests
- Ancient Greece & West Asia
- Achaemenid Persia
- History of Warfare
- Archaeology and Epigraphy
- World History
- War and Society in the Western Anatolian Borderlands, ca. 650-330 BCE
- Civil War, Revolt, and Rebellion in Achaemenid Persia
- Achaemenid Persian Military Equipment & Tactics
- Humor in Xenophon's Anabasis
- "The Classical Greek Experience"
in B. Campbell and L. Tritle (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Warfare, 143-161. Oxford University Press, 2013.
- The Persian Empire
DVD/audio series, 24 thirty-minute lectures. The Great Courses/The Teaching Company, 2012. Click the link above for a video preview and a complete list of lectures.
- "The Fight for Ancient Sicily"
Archaeology 64.1 (2011), 38-41.
- "Urban Warfare in the Classical Greek World"
in Victor Hanson (ed.), Makers of Ancient Strategy. Princeton University Press, 2010. Read a review here.
- "Land Warfare in Xenophon's Hellenika"
in Robert Strassler (ed.), The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika, 391-394. Pantheon Books, 2009.
- A Greek Army on the March: Soldiers and Survival in Xenophon's Anabasis
Cambridge University Press, 2007. Nominated for the 2008 Runciman Award. Reviews here and here.
- "Xenophon's Anabasis and the Origins of Military Autobiography"
in Alex Vernon (ed.), Arms and the Self: War, the Military, and Autobiographical Discourse, 141-160. Kent State University Press, 2005.
- "For there were many hetairai in the army: Women in Xenophon's Anabasis."
The Ancient World 35.2 (2004), 145-165.
- "Urban Combat at Olynthos, 348 B.C."
British Archaeological Reports S958 (2001), 11-22.
- Summer Session Director, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2009
- Director, UCSB Summer Travel-Study Program on Crete, 2007
- Vice-President, Santa Barbara Society, Archaeological Institute of America
- Mitrou Archaeological Project
Field School Co-Director, 2005.
- Cornell Halai and East Lokris Project
Excavation Staff, 1999-2003.
Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
- History 2A: World Civilizations to 1000 CE
An introduction to the early civilizations of Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Mediterranean, and Oceania. Next offered: TBA.
- History 111A: Early Greece, 3000-750 BCE
Topics include Neolithic culture in the Aegean, Bronze Age Minoan & Mycenaean civilization, the Late Bronze Age international system, the historicity of the Trojan War, and early Iron Age Greece. Next offered: Fall 2014.
- History 111B: The Archaic and Classical Greek World, 750-323 BCE
Topics include the polis ("city-state"), Greek-Persian interactions, the society and culture of classical Greece, the Peloponnesian War, and the rise of Macedon.
- History 111C: The Hellenistic World, 323-30 BCE
Topics include the campaigns of Alexander, the formation of the Hellenistic kingdoms, Greek federal states, Hellenistic science and technology, and ethnicity and culture in the Hellenistic world.
- History 111E: The Eastern Greek World, ca. 750-330 BCE
Topics include the development of the eastern Greek poleis, Anatolian state formation, interactions between Greeks and non-Greeks in western Anatolia, and the effects of empire.
- History 111F: Achaemenid Persia, 559-330 BCE
Ancient Persia from Cyrus to Alexander. Topics include the development of Achaemenid imperialism, economic and social history of the empire, art and architecture, and cultural interactions amongst Persians, Greeks, and others.
- History 111P: Proseminar in Greek History
Research seminar for history majors. Participants write a 15-20 page paper.
- History 111T: Topics in Greek History
Upper-division lecture course. Next offered: Spring 2014. Topic: The Age of Xenophon, ca. 430-350 BC.
- History 201E: Reading Seminar in Greek History
Recent topics: Historiography of Classical Greece; Houses and Households in Classical Greece.
- History 211A & 211B: Research Seminar in Greek History
Most recent topic (Spring-Fall 2013): The Athenian & Achaemenid Empires.